Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Thu., Nov. 6, 2014
Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices
BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 7:26 a.m.
Otter retains office; Ybarra holds slim lead
BOISE – Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools …
Wed., Nov. 5, 2014
Republicans win Kootenai County races
Kootenai County voters mostly backed Republicans down the ballot Tuesday, continuing a long trend of support for conservative candidates. In early results, the race for House seat B in the …
Fri., Oct. 31, 2014
Sparks fly at Idaho gubernatorial debate
BOISE – Idaho’s final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet in the race for the state’s top office. Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian …
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Ybarra’s education awards questioned
BOISE – Just one week from the election, revelations continue to emerge about a little-known educator who was the surprise winner of Idaho’s Republican primary for state schools superintendent, this …
Sun., Oct. 26, 2014
Eye on Boise: Cost to fight gay marriage passes $80,000
Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage has now topped $80,000. And that was before Gov. Butch Otter’s latest appeal to …
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Candidates for Idaho’s top education job spar in debate
BOISE – Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first noneducator to hold the position – loomed large in the debate Tuesday night between the two educators vying to …
Sun., Oct. 19, 2014
Betsy Russell: Bujak says he’d consider a future switch to GOP
John Bujak, the Libertarian candidate for governor, says if he’s elected and then runs for a second term, “I will likely run for a second term as a Republican, and …
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Woodings challenges Denney to quit his state pension
BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Holli Woodings is calling on her GOP opponent, former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, to give up his state pension, in light of his …
Wed., Oct. 15, 2014
Otter won’t desert gay-marriage fight, takes on challengers during election debate
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced during a political debate Tuesday night that he plans to continue fighting same-sex marriage – though he issued a statement earlier in the …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014
Risch, Mitchell vie for U.S. Senate in Idaho
BOISE – When he was Idaho’s governor for a scant seven months, Jim Risch was a whirlwind of activity, writing an unprecedented management plan for roadless areas, reforming the state …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 8:55 a.m.
Otter gets last-minute stay to block Idaho gay marriages
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, at the request of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, issued an emergency stay this morning blocking same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho – just as …
Wed., Oct. 8, 2014
Same-sex marriage begins in Idaho as 9th Circuit lifts stay
BOISE – Same-sex couples can wed in Idaho starting today – one day after a federal appellate court struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. After the ruling was announced …
Sun., Oct. 5, 2014
Eye on Boise: GOP’s Evans backs Balukoff, crossing over for education
Former GOP state schools Superintendent Jerry Evans has endorsed Democrat A.J. Balukoff for governor of Idaho, over two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “We simply cannot afford four more years of …
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Boise teachers tout Democrat Balukoff’s impact on Boise school board
BOISE – The latest TV commercial in Idaho’s governor’s race comes from Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and features a Boise teacher talking about his record as leader of the Boise …
Wed., Sept. 24, 2014
Campaign ad attributes Idaho’s recovering economy to Otter
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign commercial features a real estate broker crediting the GOP governor with turning around the state’s economy and looking out for “all industries.” …
Sun., Sept. 21, 2014
Democrats have hope in Idaho schools chief race
BOISE – Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats’ best chance of capturing a statewide office in Idaho this year is the state school superintendent’s post. It’s an open seat in …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2014
Idaho state treasurer’s transactions under scrutiny
BOISE – Deborah Silver, the Twin Falls accountant who’s challenging four-term Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane, is calling on Crane to release a full review of questioned investment transactions. “What else …
Wed., Sept. 17, 2014
Labrador introduces bill restricting military surplus program
Idaho’s 1st District U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador wants to restrict surplus military equipment from going to state and local law enforcement agencies, saying local police shouldn’t be militarized. “Our nation …
Tue., Sept. 16, 2014, 7:54 a.m.
Silver calls on Crane to release Idaho investment review info
Deborah Silver, the Twin Falls accountant who’s challenging four-term Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane, is calling on Crane to release a full review of questioned investment transactions to state auditors. …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 11:16 a.m.
State Treasurer Ron Crane mum on oversight panel that doesn’t meet, late report
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane isn’t saying why a state committee he chairs that’s charged with enhancing Idaho’s state …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 7:44 a.m.
Otter for interior secretary? The speculation continues…
Might Idaho Gov. Butch Otter be considered for interior secretary in a Trump administration? Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker explored the possibilities in a column over the holiday; you can …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Idaho Reports: The session ahead, in the election’s wake…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television features a look at immigration in Idaho and where it stands after the election; the path forward for Idaho Democrats after election losses; …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Idaho’s four Trump electors report ‘barrage’ of harassing messages, urging them to change votes
Idaho’s four presidential electors have been getting harassing phone calls, emails and Facebook messages urging them to become “faithless electors” and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
Secretary of State reflects on Election Day spent as poll worker
Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he has a new appreciation for county clerks and election staff after spending two days as a poll worker in northern Idaho. “There was …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 8:20 a.m.
Departing Sen. Schmidt: ‘There was a lot more I wanted to do’
When Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, took the lead on crafting the state’s complex Health and Welfare budgets four years ago, there was a “very steep learning curve,” the longtime physician …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Lawmakers get another dose of good state budget news
Legislators received another dose of good budget news this week. The state is on target to end the 2016-17 budget year with a $132.5 million surplus – well ahead of …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
The week that was…
On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz examine the news of the week – election results and fallout. On the pundits panel, I …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
Washington ‘abuzz’ over possible Trump cabinet choices, one could give Risch a shot at chairing Foreign Relations
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch could get a shot at chairing the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee, the Idaho Statesman reports today, if speculation about a new President Trump choosing current the …
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
Rep. Jordan: ‘A message of hope’
Not only is Paulette Jordan now the only Democrat in the Idaho Legislature from north of Boise, she’s also the only Native American member. A longtime Democratic activist and former …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 5:49 p.m.
Crapo: ‘Last night, voters sent a message’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued this statement on the election results: “I express my sincere thanks to the people of Idaho for their trust in re-electing me to represent their …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 5:46 p.m.
Marley: ‘We are saddened but we are not disheartened’
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Bert Marley issued this statement on the election results: “The Idaho Democratic Party would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of Idahoans who supported our …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 5:41 p.m.
Yates: ‘Today, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Republican’
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates issued this statement on the election results: “I would first like to take a moment and congratulate President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Otter ‘bullish’ on a Trump Administration
Running on little sleep after a trade mission to China followed by Tuesday’s election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was buoyant Wednesday about a Donald Trump presidency, the state’s lively economy …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Labrador on Trump win: ‘We must seize the moment’
Idaho GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador issued this statement today: “I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump for his historic victory that brings Americans the new leadership they’ve long demanded. This election was …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
Rep. Rusche reflects on loss, path forward for Idaho Democrats…
House Minority Leader John Rusche, who’s held that position for the past eight years and served two years before that as House Democratic caucus chair, lost his seat yesterday to …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Election leaves Idaho Legislature with just one Democrat from north of Boise
If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent. …
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 12:42 p.m.
Of ‘citizens’ groups, Pocatello politics and high court role models…
When “Citizens for HJR 5” are a batch of elected officials and lobbying groups; Pocatello politics include duplicate names and a candidate in a hazmat suit; and we learn the …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 5:37 p.m.
Former Gov. Phil Batt endorses Robyn Brody; House Speaker Bedke endorses Curt McKenzie
Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt today announced that he’s endorsing Robyn Brody for the Idaho Supreme Court. “Like other Idaho voters, I’ve been doing my research on the Supreme Court …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Independent campaign expenditures in Idaho races top $330K- so far…
It’s not just the candidates who are campaigning frantically as Election Day approaches on Tuesday. Since Oct. 19, nine groups have made a total of $330,077 in independent expenditures on …