Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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 …
Wed., June 18, 2014
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he refused convention deal
BOISE – Amid recriminations and finger-pointing after the weekend’s Idaho GOP state convention debacle, Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday he was offered a deal that would have allowed the convention …
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 6:02 a.m.
AdWatch: Brody launches TV commercial; PAC launches independent radio ad campaign for McKenzie
Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody has launched a statewide TV ad, running in every Idaho market including Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Lewiston, and on cable in North Idaho; it …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Law prof on HJR 5: ‘A real danger it could be interpreted’ as Otter says, not as lawmakers say they intended
Both House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis say they disagree with Gov. Butch Otter’s interpretation of the “in whole or in part” clause in the proposed …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 11:57 a.m.
Bonner prosecutor speaks out on why he referred harassment allegations to Attorney General’s office
Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall says he referred the case of alleged harassment of a Democratic Party field organizer by supporters of Rep. Heather Scott to the Idaho Attorney General’s …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 2:29 p.m.
Idaho Dem leader defends mailer touting conservative ranking
House Minority Leader John Rusche’s campaign sent out political mailers boasting that a free-market think tank ranked him as one of the most conservative Democratic lawmakers in the state, but …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
AdWatch: Crapo touts help for Idaho vet
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s latest campaign commercial features an Idaho veteran, Dan Pugmire of Caldwell, and talks about how Crapo’s office helped him get needed care from the Veterans Administration. …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 10:45 a.m.
State Bar survey shows Brody rated nearly twice as high on qualifications for SupCourt as McKenzie
The Idaho State Bar has released the results of its survey of state bar members about the qualifications of the two candidates vying for an open seat on the Idaho …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 6:55 a.m.
Tweetgate? Labrador slams Piotrowski over ‘socialist’ tweet
1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador slammed his opponent, James Piotrowski, over a February tweet that Idaho political observer Jim Weatherby called ‘a major unforced error,’ while Piotrowski says his …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 6:48 a.m.
McMullin draws crowd to Boise High rally
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin drew more than 600 people to a rally at the Boise High School auditorium over the weekend, the Idaho Statesman reports. “The Republican Party in …
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 11:14 a.m.
Labrador-Piotrowski race to be featured on tonight’s ‘Idaho Reports’ at 8
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television will feature the 1st District congressional race, in which third-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador is being challenged by Democrat James Piotrowski. The two …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 2:04 p.m.
Evan McMullin schedules Boise rally on Saturday
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin has scheduled a rally Boise on Saturday, from 2-3 p.m. at the Boise High School auditorium, 1010 W. Washington St. McMullin, who is offering himself …
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 9:08 p.m.
New fundraising group backing Idaho Democrats in key races
A new political committee is raising thousands of dollars from the state’s handful of wealthy left-leaning groups to help support Democrats in Idaho’s toughest legislative races, the AP reports. According …
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 10 a.m.
Risch ‘disgusted’ by Trump comments but will still vote for him
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has finally commented on the 2005 videotape in which Donald Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women, saying he’ll still vote for Trump for president even though …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Independent Evan McMullin, in dead heat w/Trump, Clinton in Utah, makes campaign push into Idaho
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a Mormon who’s offering himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump, had such large, overflow crowds at his two eastern Idaho rallies last weekend …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 11:45 a.m.
Piotrowski says he’s not a socialist, but said so in tweet to make point to Sanders supporters
James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, said today that he’s not a socialist, but he described himself as one in a February tweet to …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 8:59 a.m.
About that Piotrowski tweet that Labrador read during last night’s debate…
During last night’s 1st District congressional debate, GOP Rep. Raul Labrador went after his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, saying, “He’s not a moderate,” and reading a tweet that Piotrowski sent …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 8:46 p.m.
Labrador, Piotrowski clash in testy, televised debate
In a testy debate Monday night, Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador clashed repeatedly with his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, over everything from public lands to congressional gridlock. “I think we …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 6:04 p.m.
Dem challenger Piotrowski outraises Labrador in most recent period, but Labrador still has more cash
The latest campaign finance reports are in for 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador and his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, who will debate tonight on live TV on Channel 7-2 …
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 9:07 p.m.
Crapo says during debate that he might still vote for Trump after all, hasn’t decided
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who was among the first U.S. senators to disavow Donald Trump last weekend and call for him to step aside as the GOP presidential nominee, said …
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Debates, forums coming up in top Idaho races…
Tonight on Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports,” Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, will appear together for a discussion moderated by co-host Melissa Davlin. On Monday, KTVB-TV …
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 9:14 a.m.
Challenger Kate McAlister outraises Rep. Heather Scott in North Idaho race
The latest campaign finance reports from the race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister of Sandpoint show McAlister out-raising the outspoken first-term incumbent. McAlister, president of …