Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013
Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers
BOISE – Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers Monday. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now …
SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2013
Eye on Boise: Scholarship programs need revamp
BOISE – Idaho’s state scholarship programs for college students lag far behind most states in the region. In response to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, Mike Rush, director …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013
Funding formula for NIC gets look
BOISE – Lawmakers brought up a longtime sore spot during North Idaho College’s budget hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday: Why does the Coeur d’Alene community college get so …
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013
Idaho lawmaker equates abortion rights to prostitution
BOISE – A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if their pro-abortion-rights stance also means …
SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013
Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …
SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012
Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff
BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …
THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012
Idaho House deposes Speaker Denney
BOISE – Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post Wednesday night to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 8:34 P.M.
Idaho House speaker Denney ousted
Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political …
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012
Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option
BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school …
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012
Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education
BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012, 4:17 P.M.
Idaho school reform foes call for new start
After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012
Idaho voters push back on school reform issues
BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. …
TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012, 10:48 P.M.
Idaho voters appear to turn down school-reform plan
BOISE - Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch …
SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012
School reform propositions in Idaho will be ‘catalyst for turnout’
BOISE – Idaho voters are riled up and ready to vote, with a contentious school-reform debate reverberating in the state’s airwaves and decisions looming on every seat in the Legislature, …
SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012
Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up
BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …
FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012
Otter appears in pro-reform ad
BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012, 10:04 A.M.
Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad
The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012
NYC mayor big donor in Idaho vote
BOISE – A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012, 2:08 P.M.
NY mayor among secret donors to Idaho school campaign
A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an Idaho grocery …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012, 9:54 A.M.
Former Idaho official would play key role under laptop contract
A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 4:08 P.M.
McKenzie releases endorsements; court candidates to debate Fri. night on statewide TV
Sen. Curt McKenzie, who is running in a four-way race for a nonpartisan position as a justice on the Idaho Supreme Court, called a press conference this week to announce …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 3:54 P.M.
Spokane alt weekly examines Luke Malek, Idaho Freedom Foundation…
Wrapping up a week of reporting in North Idaho, I’m at the Spokane airport this afternoon, and came across this article by Daniel Walters in the Inlander headed, “The Measure …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 8:33 A.M.
District 4 races: Malek-Macomber, Sims-Amador, and more…
Here’s my full story from today’s Spokesman-Review on contested primary races in legislative District 4 in Coeur d’Alene, the third in a series: CdA legislator faces challenger who hopes to …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 7:49 A.M.
Yates: Idaho GOP welcomes Trump as nominee, will ‘fully support’ him
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates issued this statement today on Donald Trump, to “welcome him as our presumptive nominee” for president: “Donald Trump is, for all intents and purposes, …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 7:18 A.M.
Primary is only contest in matchup between Cheatham, Riggs in District 3
Here’s my full story from today’s Spokesman-Review on District 3’s legislative primary races; there’s just one that’s contested, between freshman Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, and challenger Peter Riggs. There’s …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 11:21 A.M.
Charges: Beck supplied $$ for contribution Heileson claimed as his own
Here’s what the charging documents in the “Integrity in Government” PAC case show: M.C. “Chick” Heileson is charged with a misdemeanor for contributing $12,000 to the PAC, which backed tea …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 7:08 A.M.
Beck, Heileson facing misdemeanor charges for concealing source of campaign donation
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged two Republicans involved in a highly-scrutinized political action committee for allegedly hiding the source of campaign contributions. Bonneville GOP Chairman Doyle Beck and …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 6:48 A.M.
Politics heating up in North Idaho; even ultra-conservative District 2 has contested races
Though many still seem unaware of the upcoming May 17 election, politics are heating up in North Idaho, where there are hot local races and a plethora of contested legislative …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 1:35 P.M.
State Bar survey finds Gutierrez, Brody tied for top scores, Strong second, McKenzie trailing way behind
The Idaho State Bar survey is out, surveying attorneys in Idaho about the four candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court. The results: Robyn Brody and Sergio Gutierrez tied for the …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5:13 A.M.
Rep. McMillan blames Obama for her lack of legislative success
State Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, says it’s President Obama’s fault that she hasn’t been able to pass legislation in Idaho overturning EPA regulations. McMillan told Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence, …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5 A.M.
Four Supreme Court candidates to debate this week
Here’s a link to our Sunday story about the four-way race for the Idaho Supreme Court, which notes that the top race on the Idaho ballot on May 17 isn’t …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 4:44 A.M.
Of state conventions, new advisers, not picking Nielsen and a third-party debate…
Here’s my full Sunday column from Sunday’s Spokesman-Review: BOISE – Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates struck an optimistic tone as he announced the state party convention, which is set …
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 4:10 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a roundup of the events of the past week, and a report from Payette, where the IR crew looks into what’s on the minds of District …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 10:34 A.M.
Gutierrez runs for justice on court-access platform
Today is the fourth in my four-part, online series of profiles of the candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the May 17 election; today’s profile …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 9:54 A.M.
Contractors endorse challenger Blanksma over controversial Rep. Pete Nielsen
The Idaho Associated General Contractors has endorsed challenger Megan Blanksma over Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, in a GOP House primary race in District 23; it’s the first challenger the …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 7:46 A.M.
Constitution Party of Idaho plans Lewiston debate between Writz, ‘Pro-Life’
There’s a rare event coming up in the May 17 Idaho primary – a contested race within the Constitution Party of Idaho, with two hopefuls running for the U.S. Senate …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 10 A.M.
Strong lines up endorsements from all sides in bid for high court
Today is the third in my four-part, online series of profiles of the candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the May 17 election; today’s profile …
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 9:01 A.M.
Legislative primaries, by the numbers…
With the May 17 primary election approaching – and every seat in the Idaho Legislature up for election this year – AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi tallied up how many candidates, …
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 8:56 A.M.
Column: Constitutional amendment debate, faith healing and a mysterious plaque…
Here’s my weekly column from Sunday’s Spokesman-Review: BOISE – Idaho’s top state elected officials got into something of a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers have approved this year …
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 7:51 A.M.
The politics of voting ‘no’
Passing a balanced state budget – determining how the taxpayers’ money should be spent on state services in the coming year – is the most basic task of the Idaho …