Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, midnight
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 …
Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, midnight
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 …
Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, midnight
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 …
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014, midnight
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, …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014, midnight
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,” …
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014, midnight
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 …
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014, midnight
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 …
Sun., Jan. 5, 2014, midnight
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 …
Thu., Jan. 2, 2014, midnight
Pay for Idaho state workers continues to fall
BOISE – Pay for Idaho state employees has now slipped to 19 percent below market rates, according to the latest state report, a gap that’s been growing for the past …
Tue., Dec. 31, 2013, midnight
Idaho Rep. Brandon Hixon plays down late house payments
BOISE – An Idaho state lawmaker says constituents shouldn’t be concerned that he hasn’t made a house payment since June 2012, four months before he was elected to the Idaho …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013, midnight
Betsy Z. Russell: Secretary of state candidates gain GOP endorsements
BOISE – It’s become something of an endorsement war lately among the GOP candidates for Idaho secretary of state, with Mitch Toryanski introducing Freda Cenarrusa, widow of longtime Secretary of …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013, midnight
Idaho governor mansion furnishings to be sold
BOISE – There likely won’t be a governor’s yard sale, but Idaho is quietly moving to sell the furnishings that filled its never-occupied governor’s mansion. “The basic supposition, really, is …
Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Crapo’s injuries draw attention in Washington, D.C.
BOISE – Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo drew some second looks in Washington, D.C., last week, but not necessarily because of his comments in the Senate. Instead, it was the …
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013, midnight
Gov. Otter: ‘More of the same’ in next legislative session
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising “more of the same” for Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – with a lean, cautious approach to new spending or programs, despite the …
Sun., Dec. 8, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Democratic ticket pleases ex-governor
BOISE – Former longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus was looking pleased, despite the chilly weather, as he gathered with a crowd of about 80 last week to cheer the launch …
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013, midnight
Idaho campaigns feature stars: Christie for Otter; ‘Duck Dynasty’ for Denney
Sure, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is bringing in GOP political star Chris Christie for a fundraiser tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, but former House Speaker Lawerence Denney has stars …
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013, midnight
Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled
BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013, midnight
Democrat A.J. Balukoff launches Idaho governor campaign
BOISE – A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule have hurt the state’s education system and economy and …
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013, 12:40 p.m.
Democrat launches bid for Idaho governor
A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho today, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule in Idaho have hurt the state’s education system and economy and created …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Interest in Idaho secretary of state’s job mounting
BOISE – Just a week after longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced that he’d retire rather than seek another four-year term in 2014, the list of those considering …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 11:54 a.m.
Labrador blames ‘establishment in Washington’ for ally Huelskamp’s loss in Kansas GOP primary
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador today blamed the “establishment in Washington” for the defeat of his ally and fellow Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp, who lost his re-election bid in a …
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 3:05 p.m.
Idaho Civility Summit wraps up with hopes of elevating Idaho’s public discourse
The Idaho Civility Summit wrapped up on a positive note today, with participants including elected officials, civic leaders and members of the press backing several moves to enhance civil discourse …
Sun., July 31, 2016, 8:11 p.m.
Labrador’s finances, luring tourists, longitudinal data on Idaho college grads…
My Sunday column examines Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s ranking as the sixth-poorest member of Congress, based on his federal financial disclosures; the latest lure Idaho’s trying to entice tourists - …
Thu., July 28, 2016, 2:02 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador is 6th-poorest member of Congress
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by InsideGov.com, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 8:36 a.m.
Labrador, Crapo set meetings around state
1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 7:47 a.m.
Dems take turn in national spotlight; Balukoff chairs Idaho delegation
This week, it’s the Democratic Party’s turn in the national spotlight, as the party holds its national convention in Philadelphia and nominates Hillary Clinton, the first ever female major-party presidential …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Crane: ‘We’re so Republican that…’
As the national GOP convention runs through its formal roll call of states to nominate Donald Trump, state Treasurer Ron Crane, who’s chairing Idaho’s delegation, made the announcement for Idaho. …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
Idaho delegation not participating in Cruz petition, won’t take part in any walkouts
Idaho’s delegation to the Republican National Convention isn’t participating in a petition to get Ted Cruz nominated instead of Donald Trump, though Cruz won Idaho’s GOP presidential primary, and the …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 2:29 p.m.
Yates: Idaho delegation at GOP national confab ‘really charging our batteries’
Steve Yates, Idaho GOP chairman and a delegate at the Republican national convention in Cleveland, says he’s been impressed with the convention thus far. “This is so much better organized …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Idaho GOP Chair Yates calls Melania Trump-Michelle Obama plagiarism flap a mere ‘blip’
Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates, who’s a Cruz delegate at the GOP national convention in Cleveland, told Eye on Boise today that he views the plagiarism charges about Melania Trump’s …
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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, …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …