Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sat., Nov. 9, 2013, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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., June 11, 2013, midnight
Rep. Raul Labrador to still work toward immigration reform
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho’s U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group working to write a …
Mon., 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’ …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Thu., June 23, 2016, 9:17 a.m.
New presidential-only primary in March cost state $1.9M
Idaho’s Republican presidential primary election cost taxpayers $1.9 million this year, coming in just slightly under what state officials originally estimated. Idaho lawmakers agreed to move the GOP presidential primary …
Mon., June 20, 2016, 7:28 a.m.
Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district
No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. …
Mon., June 20, 2016, 6:57 a.m.
Idaho Dems eye dropping caucuses for primary
At the Idaho Democratic Party’s three day state convention, which wrapped up over the weekend, delegates approved a resolution calling for changing the party’s current caucus system for presidential nominee …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 7:04 a.m.
Idaho Dems state convention under way, delegates include 90-year-old, dedicated Bernie Sanders backer
With the Idaho Democratic Party’s state convention under way in Garden City, here’s a look at a 90-year-old delegate from Bonners Ferry who’s a dedicated Bernie Sanders backer. Faye Morris …
Thu., June 16, 2016, 7:34 a.m.
House committee OKs Labrador land bill
The House Natural Resources Committee approved Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s public lands bill on a 25-13 party-line vote Wednesday, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, who is reporting from …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
Report: Rep. Nate secretly recorded conversation with Sen. Hill
After all the fuss in Idaho GOP circles from when eastern Idaho GOP activist Doyle Beck surreptitiously recorded a conversation with state GOP Chairman Steve Yates and used the recording …
Mon., June 13, 2016, 6:51 a.m.
Idaho’s growing Hispanic population a factor in education, economy
Hispanics accounted for 42 percent of the enrollment growth in Idaho’s public schools in the last five years, according to a new report from the University of Idaho’s McClure Center …
Wed., June 8, 2016, 4:29 p.m.
Labrador’s Dem challenger calls him out on Trump comments
James Piotrowski, the Democrat who’s challenging Idaho GOP 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, sent out a news release today calling on Labrador to clarify how he can support presumptive GOP …
Wed., June 8, 2016, 9:28 a.m.
Rep. Simpson decries Trump’s ‘hateful diatribes’
Idaho 2nd District GOP Congressman Mike Simpson has joined Sen. Mike Crapo in decrying Donald Trump’s comments that a federal judge can’t be fair in his Trump University fraud case …
Tue., June 7, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
GOP challenger to Sen. Schmidt withdraws from race amid party infighting
Amid GOP infighting, a 22-year-old candidate who had been planning to challenge Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, in November has withdrawn from the race, the AP reports. John Freeland, who has …