Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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. …
Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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. …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., July 6, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho Senator Hill donates to rival campaign fund
BOISE – A week after this year’s primary election, Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, did something rather unusual: He made a $300 donation to his GOP primary opponent’s …
Sun., June 22, 2014
Eye on Boise: Former GOP Chairman Peterson confirms Thorpe’s exit
BOISE – Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed Friday that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
Labrador reportedly being considered for Secretary of the Interior
Politico is reporting today that Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador is being considered for secretary of the interior in a new Trump Administration. Citing “multiple sources,” the news site says Washington …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
Of Labrador, Trump, and political dominoes…
Here’s a link to my full, updated story at spokesman.com on the news today that Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador met with Donald Trump and may be up for a post …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 3:25 p.m.
If Labrador gets Trump Admin post, Idaho would hold its first-ever special election for U.S. House - with no primary
If Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador were to accept a position in the Trump Administration, it would trigger something that’s never happened before in Idaho history: A special election for a …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
Labrador statement: ‘His administration will be a friend to the people of Idaho’
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador issued this statement this afternoon on his meeting today at Trump Tower with President-elect Donald Trump: “President-elect Trump and I had an excellent conversation this afternoon …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 1:38 p.m.
Labrador meets with Trump, hints afterward that he might be up for a job in Trump’s administration
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York today, and hinted afterward to reporters there that they’d discussed a role …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the week, and a report from co-host Aaron Kunz on the environmental impact process for 14 …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 8:17 a.m.
Risch introduces Scotchman Peaks wilderness bill
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation Thursday to protect the Idaho portion of the craggy, scenic Scotchman Peaks as a federal wilderness area. The action follows a decade of grassroots …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:49 a.m.
State now on track to have $139M left at end of fiscal year, $92M more than anticipated
The latest General Fund Budget Monitor from the legislative budget office, which tracks budget implications of monthly changes in state tax revenues, puts Idaho’s forecasted year-end balance at the end …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:34 a.m.
Boise a finalist for F-35 squadron, congressional delegation ‘delighted,’ but residents concerned about noise
Idaho’s congressional delegation, in a joint news release yesterday afternoon, welcomed the announcement that Gowen Field in Boise is among five finalists for an F-35 mission that could make Boise …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 8:52 a.m.
Risch adamant that Russia didn’t affect outcome of U.S. election, despite hacking
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, a member of the Senate foreign relations and intelligence committees, was adamant on CNN yesterday that he doesn’t believe Russia successfully interfered in the U.S. election …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 4:09 p.m.
State employee pay still lags, despite this year’s 3% merit raises
Idaho state employee pay remains more than 20 percent below market rates, according to a new state report, despite the 3 percent merit raises that lawmakers granted state workers this …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 4:18 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the week, including the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, a traditional run-up to the legislative …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 12:41 p.m.
Denney proposing Sunshine Law changes, including increasing penalties
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is proposing a series of changes to Idaho’s sunshine laws – including increasing penalties for violations from $250 to $2,500 – that at least …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 8:06 a.m.
Little: ‘Let us wrest control from the federal government and return it to the people’
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little told hundreds of legislators, lobbyists, state and local government officials and others are gathered at the annual conference of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today …
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 …