Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
SATURDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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, …
SUNDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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, …
SUNDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013, 5:34 P.M.
Labrador pledges to continue immigration reform push
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group of eight members working to craft a House …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:53 P.M.
Crapo, Labrador coast to wins; most North Idaho lawmakers leading, but Sims trails in early returns
Here’s my full story from spokesman.com on the congressional and North Idaho legislative results: BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador cruised easily through the …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:03 P.M.
Brody, leading in Idaho Supreme Court race: ‘It’s an affirmation’
The only trend that’s been clear in results in the four-way Idaho Supreme Court race all night tonight: Robyn Brody has been out ahead all evening. The other three candidates …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:42 P.M.
Labrador on GOP primary win: ‘Conservative principles matter’
The AP has called the congressional races in Idaho’s GOP primary, naming the winners as incumbents Raul Labrador, Mike Simpson and Mike Crapo. Crapo was unopposed; both Labrador and Simpson …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:35 P.M.
Piotrowski, leading Dems race for District 1 congressional seat: ‘Conventional wisdom won’t work this year’
Only the very earliest results are in now – just 1 percent of the precincts – but they’re pretty clear in the congressional races, including the three-way Democratic primary for …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:12 P.M.
Idaho GOP chair: ‘Our values are better than their values’
The program tonight at the Idaho GOP’s election-night gathering started with a prayer offered by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who said in part, “Please ask those that are here that …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:59 P.M.
Brody: ‘I feel like I’m waiting for a jury to come back’
Robyn Brody, candidate for the Idaho Supreme Court, stopped by both the Democratic and Republican party election-night gatherings this evening, with sons Jackson, 10, and Cooper, 8, in tow; she …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:47 P.M.
At GOP gathering, walls are festooned with campaign signs galore
Here’s the scene at the Idaho GOP’s election-night watch party at the Riverside Hotel, where the room is festooned with campaign signs for Republican candidates, from Congressmen Mike Simpson and …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:40 P.M.
Crowds gathering to await election results; Dems gather at Crooked Fence Barrelhouse
The polls have closed in southern Idaho, but not yet in northern Idaho. But already, crowds are gathering at both the Democratic and Republican party election-night watch parties in Boise. …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:19 A.M.
It’s Election Day - time to vote…
This is it – it’s Election Day, time to vote. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s voter information online here from the Idaho Secretary of State’s …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 6 P.M.
Idaho ‘Integrity’ PAC files last-minute spending report
A political action committee under investigation in Idaho for suspicious campaign contributions failed to report more than $9,000 in expenditures until the day before the May 17 primary election. The …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
Denney urges Idahoans to vote tomorrow
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney isn’t offering a turnout prediction for tomorrow’s Idaho primary election, but he is urging people to vote. “I think there are some very interesting …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 2:01 P.M.
Under the radar: Tomorrow’s primary election includes 92 contested precinct committee races in Ada alone
Throughout an area of northeast Boise, hand-printed yellow signs by the roadsides tout “Joel Robinson for Precinct Committeeman.” So, what’s that? Political parties have precinct chairs for every voting precinct, …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 6:39 A.M.
Of District 1 legislative races, the ‘American Redoubt’ and politics in North Idaho…
In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 6:14 A.M.
A few more independent expenditure reports, from IFA and NIPAC…
A few more 48-hour notices of independent expenditures on campaigns have come in since my last roundup on Friday, from Idaho Freedom Action, targeting Rep. Luke Malek ,R-Coeur d’Alene, with …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 4:35 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a roundup of the events of the past week, and a report from Rexburg, where the IR crew looks into what’s happening in District 34, where …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 4:24 P.M.
Latest independent expenditures: $32K from IACI, $20K from Realtors, more…
Here are the latest independent expenditure reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office in legislative races in Tuesday’s primary: The Idaho Prosperity Fund, IACI’s campaigning arm, reported spending …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 11:56 A.M.
Idaho Secretary of State’s office receives 3 complaints re possible campaign finance violations by Doyle Beck
The Idaho Secretary of State’s office has received three formal complaints related to multiple $1,000 donations to legislative candidates from businesses owned by Idaho Falls businessman Doyle Beck. Carrie Scheid, …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 9:23 A.M.
House candidate says Facebook post about hunting Mexicans was a joke
Idaho legislative candidate Jake Stephens says he was joking when he wrote on Facebook that he was out hunting Mexicans. The comment was posted underneath a picture of Stephens dressed …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 1:37 P.M.
Cheatham denies using copy of official letterhead, says there are unnamed differences
Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham got back to me this afternoon about his campaign letter on what appears to be a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 12:05 P.M.
The latest independent expenditures in legislative races…
Here’s the latest crop of independent expenditures and electioneering communication reports, all from 48-hour notices filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office in the past 24 hours: The “Committee …