Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
Idaho’s GOP convention adjourns without electing chairman, setting platform
Idaho’s state Republican Party convention degenerated into a fiasco Saturday after attempts to disqualify up to a third of the delegates attending appeared to be succeeding – and the convention …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 12:43 P.M.
Semanko offers an insider’s view of yesterday’s GOP convention ‘pandemonium’
Norm Semanko, a Cruz delegate and a rules committee member in Cleveland and former Idaho Republican Party chairman, says the media is unfairly focusing on “the ‘Dump Trump’ sideshow,” when …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Idaho revamps state occupational boards, after high court decision
A little-noticed bill that passed the Legislature this year and took effect July 1 is giving the governor more control over the myriad boards that regulate various occupations in Idaho, …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:50 A.M.
Idaho’s delegation to Cleveland…
BSU Prof. Corey Cook, who’s at the GOP national convention in Cleveland, reports, “From what I’ve gathered so far, the Idaho delegation is uniquely congenial between the Cruz and Trump …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:29 A.M.
Labrador praises Trump’s selection of Pence as running mate
Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador posted this statement on Facebook over the weekend, reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also served in the U.S. House …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:04 A.M.
BSU prof: Convention, party politics could have ripple impact on down-ticket Idaho races
Boise State University political science Professor Corey Cook, dean of BSU’s School of Public Service, is at the GOP national convention in Cleveland today, the sixth national convention of either …
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016, 12:01 P.M.
Idaho GOP Chair Yates: Pence ‘respected and well-liked among many Republicans’
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates issued this statement on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, which Trump announced in a …
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
June state tax revenues come in $20.1M over projections, state ends year with surplus that goes to roads, savings
Idaho’s state tax revenues for June came in $20.1 million higher than projections – 6.5 percent higher – a revenue bump that means Idaho closed out its fiscal year June …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 10:49 A.M.
Numbers show Idaho growing extravagantly compared to other states? Experts say no
Let’s say, as a recent op-ed piece in the Idaho Statesman by Idaho Freedom Foundation Vice President Fred Birnbaum claimed, that comparing percentage increases in state general fund spending in …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 10:36 A.M.
Piotrowski slams Labrador’s FADA bill as ‘dangerous and extreme’
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, issued a statement today highly critical of Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” saying the measure would “open the door to unprecedented discrimination …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 10:23 A.M.
House holds lively hearing on Labrador’s ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ re same-sex marriage
A House committee is holding a hearing today on Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” which seeks to protect people who act because of their religious views about …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 2:38 P.M.
State report: Five more Idaho children died in 2013 because parents had religious objection to medical treatment
The Idaho Child Fatality Review Team has published its third annual report, this one reviewing child deaths in 2013, and it found five more Idaho children died because their parents’ …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 1:19 P.M.
Brad Little’s campaign treasurer for guv race: Vicki Risch
An interesting tidbit: In Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s filing with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office to form a campaign committee for a run for governor in 2018, he had …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 7:22 A.M.
Idaho sales tax ranks low, illegal fireworks ban gains support, ag leaders tout Little for guv…
From my Sunday column: Idaho’s sales tax ranks low, at 37th-highest in the nation, according to a new ranking from the Tax Foundation. A push to ban sales of illegal …
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, 10:15 A.M.
Labrador says he thinks Trump should choose Cruz as running mate
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador, who will be going to the national GOP convention in Cleveland as a Ted Cruz delegate, called today for Donald Trump to choose Cruz …
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 …