Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014
Eye on Boise: NRA’s loaded questions have pre-targeted answers
BOISE – A.J. Balukoff, a Democratic candidate for governor, is refusing to fill out a National Rifle Association candidate questionnaire, saying it’s “biased and loaded with leading questions that do …
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014
Eye on Boise: IPATT’s Mike Lanza booted from education task force
BOISE – Mike Lanza, the parent-turned-education activist who chaired the campaign that successfully overturned the Students Come First school reform laws, says he’s been booted from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014
Ysursa backs McGrane for Idaho secretary of state
BOISE – Retiring Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa threw his support behind Phil McGrane Tuesday in the four-way GOP race for the office. Ysursa pointed to McGrane’s years of …
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
Idaho Legislature wraps up with pay raises at the top
BOISE – The Idaho House balked at proposed raises for top state elected officials for the next four years on Thursday, trimming them back to 1.5 percent a year instead …
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
Retiring Idaho lawmaker Henderson backs Avista’s Gfeller for post
BOISE – Retiring Rep. Frank Henderson of Post Falls has endorsed Avista Corp. official Greg Gfeller to succeed him in office, as Gfeller heads into a hotly contested three-way GOP …
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
Candidates enter Idaho’s May 20 primary
BOISE – Idaho is in for a busy election season this year, with positions from governor down to North Idaho legislative seats drawing multiple candidates before Friday’s deadline. The state’s …
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014, 10 A.M.
Idaho lawmakers to keep special gun privileges
Idaho senators today killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials – including state lawmakers – to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Among the …
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
North Idaho lawmaker calls for ethics inquiry on herself after vote
BOISE – A North Idaho legislator voted against a bill that would have ended special protections from debt collectors for elected officials without revealing that she had personally benefited from …
SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers name stand-ins while campaigning
Two legislators who are running for statewide office missed most or all of the past week of lawmaking, appointing subs to serve for them while they campaigned. Rep. Lawerence Denney, …
TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014
Evan Frasure gets 2,500 foreign ‘likes’ on Facebook secretary of state campaign page
BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Evan Frasure said he was “flabbergasted” late Monday when he learned that roughly 2,500 of the 2,859 “likes” on his campaign Facebook fan …
SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho Parks has good, bad news for lawmakers
BOISE – The good news Idaho Parks Director Nancy Merrill had for lawmakers at the department’s budget hearing last week: Idaho has sold more than 95,000 of its new parks …
TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014
Idaho schools chief Tom Luna won’t seek re-election
BOISE – Controversial Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna will not seek re-election, he announced Monday. That decision will help take politics out of the process of implementing school reforms recommended …
FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014
Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan
BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …
TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014
Proposed alternative budget would benefit Idaho schools
BOISE – Idaho could spend tens of millions more on public schools, raise pay for teachers and state workers, and restore services to the poor and disabled – all while …
TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014
Otter backs North Idaho College expansion in Sandpoint
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants North Idaho College to receive state funds next year to expand its Sandpoint Outreach Center to offer more classes. The $226,700 recommendation is …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014
Nels Mitchell, Boise Democrat, launches campaign for Jim Risch’s Senate seat
BOISE – Boise attorney Nels Mitchell launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Idaho Sen. Jim Risch on Tuesday, calling Risch an “out-of-touch” career politician and pledging, if elected, …
SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 2014
Eye on Boise: Fulcher decries Otter’s wolf control fund
BOISE – Sen. Russ Fulcher is ripping Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a new $2 million wolf control fund. “I don’t know what we need to spend $2 million for,” …
FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014
Idaho debates worker raises
BOISE – Idaho has funded only one raise for state employees in the past five years, and lawmakers are balking at Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to skip raises again next …
TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014
Idaho education a priority in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget
BOISE – Education is the top priority for Idaho for the coming year, Gov. Butch Otter declared Monday, coming even ahead of tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. “Any …
SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2014
Idaho’s 2014 legislative session underscored by election
BOISE – Three big issues – education, health care and prisons – loom over Idaho lawmakers as they convene their legislative session Monday. But at the same time, every seat …
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016, 9:01 A.M.
Rule-suspension question forces roll-call vote on hearing platform change recommendations…
For fairly obscure reasons, related in part to the national GOP convention having been moved up to July, the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention has to vote first by a …
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016, 8:54 A.M.
GOP convention back in session, first divided votes…
The state GOP convention is back in session this morning, with its rules committee report up first. There’s been debate so far over a rules change regarding when rules of …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 2:16 P.M.
Convention wraps up business early for today; chairman election is tomorrow
And just like that, the state GOP convention had adjourned its business for today – an hour and a half early. Things are going swimmingly – especially compared to the …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 1:47 P.M.
Yates to GOP: ‘Our opponents are Democrats,’ not each other
Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates, in his state party report to the floor session of the state convention today, said, “From this time forward, we are beyond our primary, we …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 1:26 P.M.
No challenge to GOP delegates on floor of convention
After Trent Clark presented the report of the credentials committee, there was a motion to approve the committee’s report – seating all 489 delegates to the state GOP convention, who …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 1:20 P.M.
GOP convention opens first floor session…
That was the second rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the state GOP convention today; second recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, too. The first general session of the …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 12:28 P.M.
Full GOP convention to vote on six resolutions, from transgender bathrooms to Bibles in schools
Ten proposed resolutions were submitted to the state GOP convention this year, and six passed the resolutions committee, on everything from opposing the Obama Administration’s guidance on bathroom arrangements for …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 11:53 A.M.
Challenges to three counties’ delegations rejected in committee
After more than three hours of discussion and debate, challenges to three counties’ delegations to this year’s Idaho GOP state convention – Madison, Bannock and Bonneville – all were voted …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 11:45 A.M.
Otter: ‘Trump will tower over Hillary’
Gov. Butch Otter is addressing the luncheon session of the Idaho GOP state convention today, and he said Idaho is faring better than other states that have taken big economic …
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 9:16 A.M.
Statehouse rally set today against sexual, domestic violence, discrimination
An array of groups will hold a rally on the state Capitol steps at 12:30 today against sexual and domestic violence and discrimination. “There is a connection between the recent …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 7:21 P.M.
GOP convention speaker: ‘The party is coming together’
David Keene, keynote speaker for the Idaho GOP convention this evening, told hundreds of assembled Republican faithful that their party can win this year’s presidential race. “I think the American …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 4:23 P.M.
Idaho GOP convention’s first day features platform debates, some allegations, ‘exceeded expectations’
As today’s state GOP convention wraps up its first day – still to come this evening is a reception at the Warhawk Air Museum featuring speaker David Keene, former president …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 4:08 P.M.
Sims campaigns for state party chair
Here’s the campaign flier that’s being circulated by state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, for her challenge to Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates at the state party convention. Sims, who …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 3:51 P.M.
Idaho GOP Chair Yates, who faces at least two challengers: ‘We’re on a good track’
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates says he understands that at least two, and possibly three, candidates are campaigning to replace him, but he’s unfazed. “Kathy Sims is circulating literature, …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
Thayn: ‘The voters don’t really want arguing for the sake of arguing’
Idaho state Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, has a booth at the state GOP convention this year, where he’s handing out copies of his latest book, “Reprogramming Government, A Conservative Approach.” …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 2:55 P.M.
Platform changes swiftly OK’d, fueling hope for ‘more harmony’ for GOP this year…
The platform committee at the Idaho GOP state convention was allotted two days worth of time to settle on changes to the party platform, but it got done this afternoon …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 2:09 P.M.
Idaho Republicans gather in Nampa for convention
About half of the expected 1,000 people have checked in so far for the Idaho Republican Party state convention at the Ford Idaho Center, which is expected to draw 515 …
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 12:41 P.M.
Labrador names campaign team as he seeks 4th House term
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raúl Labrador has announced his campaign team, as the Republican seeks a fourth term in the U.S. House; he faces Democrat James Piotrowski, a Boise labor …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016, 1:13 P.M.
Idaho GOP announces speakers for this week’s convention
The Idaho Republican Party has announced four national speakers who will be featured at the upcoming state party convention in Nampa that runs this Thursday through Saturday: David Keene, Kimberley …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016, 6:54 A.M.
Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state; full story
When Cecil Andrus closed Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste, the former Democratic governor’s decisive action captured the attention of the nation and put pressure on the federal government to remove …