Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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THURSDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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. …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014
Idaho GOP charges against Balukoff, Democratic Party fizzle
BOISE – Charges flew – then fizzled – over the weekend as the Idaho Republican Party claimed that the Idaho Democratic Party and Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff were …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho gay-marriage ban fight tab tops $71,000
Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage: $71,477. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office reported spending $2,569 for an appellate filing …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014
Series of Idaho candidate debates scheduled
BOISE – A full slate of political debates stretches before Idaho voters who are mulling decisions on every statewide office in November. The “Idaho Debates,” a tradition of more than …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014
Priest Lake cabin site sales bring in nearly $27 million
At the Aug. 28 auction of state-owned Priest Lake cabin sites at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, many in the crowd wondered if Idaho really was getting a better deal for …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014
Idaho schools superintendent candidate Ybarra removes plagiarized content from website
BOISE – The Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools removed passages from her campaign website Thursday that apparently were copied word for word from the website of her Democratic …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014
Idaho business group lashes Otter challenger in ad
BOISE – The harshest political ad on the air in Idaho’s governor’s race goes after Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, branding him a “liberal” and attempting to tie him to President …
SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014
Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill
A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …
SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014
New Idaho GOP chairman seeks to heal party
BOISE – New Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates says his party has work to do to recover from its big split midway through an election campaign. After the party’s state …
SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014
Balukoff campaign airing second TV ad
BOISE – The newest TV ad to surface in Idaho’s gubernatorial campaign this year is a second one from Democrat A.J. Balukoff, themed around the historic Oregon Trail wagon ruts …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014
Tom Luna’s next job keeps him in education arena
BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna will go to work for a national education nonprofit after he leaves office at the end of the year. Luna will be …
SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014
Eye on Boise: Business group launches campaign against Balukoff
The race for governor lurched into high gear last week, as the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents the state’s largest businesses, launched an independent …
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014
Idaho GOP camps to square off in court over leadership
BOISE – Embattled Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson says the Idaho Republican Party is faced with “two rogue members engaged in a hostile takeover” who want to “usurp” his authority …
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
Recent audit findings drive challenger in Idaho treasurer race
BOISE – In his 16 years as Idaho’s state treasurer, Ron Crane has built up the state’s credit rating, launched a popular college savings program and a free annual control-your-finances …
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
Labrador, Ringo report on campaign funds
A look through 1st District GOP congressman Raul Labrador’s latest campaign finance report turns up a bit of irony: Labrador’s biggest donation – $5,000 for the reporting period and $10,000 …
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
Otter: Idaho won’t help with immigration crisis on Mexico border
BOISE – Idaho is off-limits to any plans to ease the growing humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared Wednesday in a letter to federal officials. …
SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho parks board picks new director
BOISE – Idaho is getting a new state parks chief, and a Democrat is joining GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s Cabinet. David Langhorst, a former Democratic state senator from Boise and …
SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
Eye on Boise: Liam, Sophia most popular Idaho baby names
If you’re a baby boy in Idaho, chances are your name may be Liam. A girl? Sophia. Those were the most popular names given to babies born in Idaho in …
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016, 7:48 A.M.
Ag leaders welcome Little as candidate for guv, say he’s an ally of ag
Idaho agriculture leaders are welcoming Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s announcement that he’s running for governor in 2018, the Capital Press reports. “Brad Little is Idaho agriculture,” Food Producers of Idaho …
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016, 10:30 A.M.
Major campaign finance reform initiative falls short, won’t be on ballot
A sweeping campaign finance reform initiative that promised to change the role of money in politics in Idaho has fallen short of the number of verified signatures needed, and won’t …
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016, 3:49 P.M.
Sweeping initiative to strengthen Idaho’s Sunshine Law appears to be falling short in bid to make Nov. ballot
It looks like a sweeping campaign finance reform initiative may fall short of the number of verified signatures needed to make the November ballot – even though backers collected roughly …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016, 8:10 A.M.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little jumps into the race for governor, in bid to succeed Otter in 2018
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little says he’s filing the paperwork today to form a campaign committee to run for governor in 2018. Little, the first candidate officially in the race …
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016, 3:47 P.M.
Labrador decries decision in Texas abortion clinic case; Piotrowski says it protects women’s health
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador and his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, had sharply differing reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in a Texas case, which the Washington …
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016, 6:36 A.M.
New director for courts, Brody’s fundraising edge, and what N.Idaho campaign $$ reports show…
From my Sunday column: Idaho’s court system has a new director after a two-year wait, Sara Thomas; Supreme Court hopeful Robyn Brody’s fundraising edge; and what the latest campaign finance …
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016, 9:17 A.M.
New presidential-only primary in March cost state $1.9M
Idaho’s Republican presidential primary election cost taxpayers $1.9 million this year, coming in just slightly under what state officials originally estimated. Idaho lawmakers agreed to move the GOP presidential primary …
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016, 7:28 A.M.
Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district
No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. …
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016, 6:57 A.M.
Idaho Dems eye dropping caucuses for primary
At the Idaho Democratic Party’s three day state convention, which wrapped up over the weekend, delegates approved a resolution calling for changing the party’s current caucus system for presidential nominee …
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016, 7:04 A.M.
Idaho Dems state convention under way, delegates include 90-year-old, dedicated Bernie Sanders backer
With the Idaho Democratic Party’s state convention under way in Garden City, here’s a look at a 90-year-old delegate from Bonners Ferry who’s a dedicated Bernie Sanders backer. Faye Morris …
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, 7:34 A.M.
House committee OKs Labrador land bill
The House Natural Resources Committee approved Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s public lands bill on a 25-13 party-line vote Wednesday, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, who is reporting from …
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 3:50 P.M.
Report: Rep. Nate secretly recorded conversation with Sen. Hill
After all the fuss in Idaho GOP circles from when eastern Idaho GOP activist Doyle Beck surreptitiously recorded a conversation with state GOP Chairman Steve Yates and used the recording …
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016, 6:51 A.M.
Idaho’s growing Hispanic population a factor in education, economy
Hispanics accounted for 42 percent of the enrollment growth in Idaho’s public schools in the last five years, according to a new report from the University of Idaho’s McClure Center …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 4:29 P.M.
Labrador’s Dem challenger calls him out on Trump comments
James Piotrowski, the Democrat who’s challenging Idaho GOP 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, sent out a news release today calling on Labrador to clarify how he can support presumptive GOP …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 9:28 A.M.
Rep. Simpson decries Trump’s ‘hateful diatribes’
Idaho 2nd District GOP Congressman Mike Simpson has joined Sen. Mike Crapo in decrying Donald Trump’s comments that a federal judge can’t be fair in his Trump University fraud case …
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 2:10 P.M.
GOP challenger to Sen. Schmidt withdraws from race amid party infighting
Amid GOP infighting, a 22-year-old candidate who had been planning to challenge Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, in November has withdrawn from the race, the AP reports. John Freeland, who has …
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 7:34 A.M.
Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments about federal judge Curiel
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, attacked yesterday by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill for backing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump despite Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud …
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 2:56 P.M.
Labrador: Momentum building for sentencing reform
Here’s my full story from spokesman.com: By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at …
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 9:27 A.M.
Column: Thayn’s call to Idaho conservatives, Labrador campaign team, F&G controversy…
Idaho state Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, had a booth at the state GOP convention over the weekend, where he was handing out copies of his latest book, “Reprogramming Government, A …
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016, 5:25 P.M.
Idaho GOP comes together after 2014 debacle, re-elects state party chair; full story
Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa on Saturday with much talk of party unity, …