Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
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 …
Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to retire in 2015
BOISE – Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced Friday that he’s decided not to seek a fourth term in the office, choosing instead to retire. Ysursa, 64, is …
Sat., Nov. 2, 2013
Rep. Raul Labrador says ‘it’s not the time’ for immigration legislation
BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who has been at the center of talks in Congress on immigration reform, says he now believes reform likely won’t happen this year …
Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters
BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are …
Sun., Oct. 27, 2013
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s per-capita taxes among lowest in country
BOISE – Idaho’s tax burden per capita ranks 49th in the nation, according to the latest results from an annual study by the Idaho State Tax Commission. It’s the lowest …
Sat., Oct. 26, 2013
Idaho secretary of state candidate Denney would see pension spike
BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose pension benefits would soar by more than 600 percent if he wins his bid for secretary of state, personally killed legislation …
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013
Lawerence Denney seeks Idaho Secretary of State post
BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, now a state representative from Midvale, launched his campaign for Idaho Secretary of State on Thursday, even as current GOP Secretary of …
Sun., Sept. 22, 2013
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s first lady mending from surgery
BOISE – Idaho first lady Lori Otter is recovering from successful shoulder surgery after an injury suffered while calf-roping last month. Gov. Butch Otter reported this past week that the …
Sun., Sept. 15, 2013
Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized
BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him …
Sun., Sept. 15, 2013
Eye on Boise: Sens. Crapo, Risch to host online town halls
Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, have scheduled “tele-town hall” meetings in the coming week. Risch’s will be on Monday, and Crapo’s on Wednesday, both starting …
Sun., Sept. 1, 2013
Journalist Louise Shadduck helped transform Idaho
Louise Shadduck was a well-known Coeur d’Alene author and longtime journalist, but when she died in 2008, her pastor at First Presbyterian Church was stunned when he walked into the …
Tue., Aug. 20, 2013
Idaho Democrat Shirley Ringo to run for U.S. House
Longtime Idaho state Rep. Shirley Ringo, a Democrat from Moscow, announced Monday that she’ll try to unseat second-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador in 2014. Labrador, a high-profile tea party favorite, …
Sun., Aug. 18, 2013
Eye on Boise: Incumbency not an election guarantee
BOISE – Political scientist Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs has dug up some interesting numbers in light of 1st District U.S. Rep. Raul …
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Labrador sets sites on third term; won’t run for governor
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Rep. Raul Labrador announced Wednesday that he’ll seek a third term in Congress, not run for Idaho governor. “I’ve decided to end all the speculation and announce …
Sun., Aug. 4, 2013
Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign loan a win-win
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has forgiven a $131,000 loan he made to his campaign, leaving his campaign fund debt-free and with a healthy balance as he continues to …
Sun., July 21, 2013
Eye on Boise: Funds suggest re-election on Labrador’s radar
BOISE – Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is sitting on the second-biggest wad of campaign cash he has stockpiled since he has been in office, with more than $277,000 in …
Sun., July 14, 2013
National group recruited Simpson challenger via website
BOISE – The Club for Growth, a national group that funneled money to bankroll one-term 1st District Idaho Rep. Bill Sali’s run for Congress in 2006, announced last week that …
Sun., July 7, 2013
Eye on Boise: Total Idaho crime down, but violence up
BOISE – Idaho’s crime rate dropped 1.5 percent in 2012, according to the new Crime in Idaho report, continuing a five-year decline, but the number of violent crimes – murder, …
Sun., June 30, 2013
Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch oppose immigration bill
BOISE – Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted against the landmark immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week. “The triggers in this bill with …
Fri., June 14, 2013
Batt chides Idaho for not raising gas tax
BOISE – Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt on Thursday urged Idahoans to step up and fund road improvements, saying failure to raise the gas tax for nearly 20 years is …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 2:19 p.m.
Labrador will continue to support Trump, says he’s ‘a better choice for America than Hillary Clinton’
Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador has decided to stick with supporting Donald Trump for president. While saying he found Trump’s statements about women “indefensible ,” Labrador said, “Right now Hillary …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 12:27 p.m.
Otter standing by Trump: ‘I accept his apology and contrition at face value’
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who with First Lady Lori Otter is serving as honorary co-chair of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Idaho, said in a statement today that he’s …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 7:08 a.m.
McKenzie tries to distance himself from Idaho Trial Lawyers, despite membership, campaign contributions
Idaho Supreme Court candidate Curt McKenzie is trying to distance himself from the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, of which he was a dues-paying member for four years and which donated …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 7 a.m.
A tide of Idaho voters want vote-by-mail
Idaho state leaders remain dubious of switching to a vote-by-mail system for elections, as Washington and Oregon have done. But voters in Idaho are growing more comfortable with the concept …
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
Examining the issues, as legislative elections approach…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a wrapup of the events of the week, and a report from Gooding County, a rural county that faces big issues as elections approach, from immigration …
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
Idaho Dems pull field organizer out of Bonner, Boundary counties, charge harassment by Heather Scott supporters
The Idaho Democratic Party has pulled a party field organizer out of Bonner and Boundary counties after the young man reported he was repeatedly stalked and harassed by supporters of …
Thu., Oct. 6, 2016, 1:41 p.m.
Brody touts law enforcement support; former Nampa chief criticizes McKenzie for lawsuits against cops
Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody called a news conference today to announce support from eight county sheriffs and 18 county prosecutors, and a former longtime Nampa police chief and …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 10:12 a.m.
Candidates and background checks…
As part of a voter guide my newspaper is putting together for the upcoming election, I was tasked with asking a series of questions of all the candidates for the …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
Crapo introduces legislation to transform ‘Veterans Choice’ program
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo introduced legislation Monday aimed at cutting wait times for veterans seeking health care, and making other changes to the current Veterans Choice Program. Under the bill, …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 7:19 a.m.
Labrador ‘angry’ as delegation splits; Idahoans speak out on coverage gap
Here’s my full Sunday column, from the split on a stopgap spending measure among Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation, to testimony from Idahoans at a hearing on Medicaid expansion options
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
On the issues, as legislative elections approach…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” travels to Lewiston, to look at issues in Legislative District 6, which had two very close races in the last legislative election two years ago and has …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2016, 1:08 p.m.
AdWatch: Crapo, Sturgill both launch new campaign ads this week
As a record TV audience tuned in for the first presidential debate this week, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, both launched new TV campaign commercials. …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Idaho delegation splits on stopgap funding bill that avoids government shutdown with 2 days to spare
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle yesterday as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown by just …
Tue., Sept. 27, 2016, 2:07 p.m.
Crapo, Sturgill both air new campaign ads as Idahoans tune in for presidential debate
Both Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, debuted new TV campaign commercials last night as millions of Americans tuned in to watch the first presidential …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 9:20 p.m.
Differing takes on presidential debate from Idaho, Washington leaders…
Idaho and Washington congressional and party leaders split right down party lines in their impressions of Monday’s much-watched first presidential debate. Here’s what some of them had to say afterward: …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Interest high as tonight’s first presidential debate approaches…
The Idaho Republican Party, which is hosting four debate-watch parties around the state tonight for the first face-off between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is reporting unprecedented interest. …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 5:06 a.m.
Idaho Sen. Crapo quietly builds record, moves past DUI
In nearly a quarter-century in D.C., Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has quietly built a reputation as a diligent, hard-working conservative who plays by the rules, quickly rises to leadership positions …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 5:05 a.m.
Crapo’s Democratic challenger counts on math, ‘moral analysis’
Jerry Sturgill says it was the math that got him into the race against longtime Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, because he believes the numbers show that even as a …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 5:04 a.m.
Challenger faults Rep. Labrador’s 2014 vote against military budget
In my Sunday column, I examine Democratic challenger James Piotrowski’s criticism of Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador for his 2014 vote against the military budget; Piotrowski’s successful legal fight on …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a wrapup of the events of the week, from Fish & Game’s license vendor data-security problems to concerns about funding for the Secure Rural Schools program; …