Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., June 2, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Fewer DUI arrests made over long weekend in Idaho this year
BOISE – The Idaho State Police reported 31 DUI arrests statewide over last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, from Friday night through early Tuesday morning. ISP also reported 23 crashes, including …
Sat., June 1, 2013, midnight
Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers
BOISE – As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves this summer to become president of Texas Tech University, his parting advice to the state is to invest in its …
Fri., May 31, 2013, 11:33 a.m.
Idaho scrimps on state employee pay
As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves Idaho this week to become president of Texas Tech, his parting advice to the state was to invest in its workers by …
Sun., May 12, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: April tax revenue well above forecasters’ expectations
BOISE – Because Idaho budgets based on forecasts and estimates of how much tax revenue will come in, there’s always some anticipation about how revenues fare in April, the biggest …
Sat., April 20, 2013, midnight
Otter signs as law limits on teachers
BOISE – Five months after Idaho voters resoundingly rejected laws limiting schoolteacher contract rights, Idaho lawmakers resurrected many of them. Gov. Butch Otter signed five controversial bills into law to …
Sun., April 7, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Risch knows value of early campaign launch
BOISE – It’s more than a year before the primary election, but Idaho Sen. Jim Risch announced last week that he’ll seek re-election in 2014. “When I ran for this …
Fri., March 29, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
Former Idaho pol’s poaching conviction upheld
Colorful former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has lost his second appeal over a 2010 elk poaching charge, with the Idaho Court of Appeals ruling unanimously that two lower courts …
Sun., March 10, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Universities get ‘small step’ toward deferred maintenance
BOISE – At the start of this year’s session, Idaho’s legislative budget writers heard a report on deferred maintenance at the state’s public universities, complete with shocking pictures showing rotting …
Sun., March 3, 2013, midnight
Eye on Boise: Federal cuts get panel’s attention
BOISE – A blizzard of numbers was presented to legislative budget writers Friday on the potential impact of the federal sequestration cuts on the state. Overall, it showed a potential …
Tue., Jan. 29, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Jan. 27, 2013, midnight
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 …
Wed., Jan. 23, 2013, midnight
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 …
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Jan. 13, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, midnight
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 …
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012, midnight
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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., Nov. 11, 2012, midnight
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 …
Thu., Nov. 8, 2012, midnight
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. …
Wed., 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, …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 7:54 a.m.
Coin toss to settle precinct races in Ada County
A hyperlocal GOP race in southwestern Idaho will be decided with a flip of a coin. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says that votes were evenly split for …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 7:41 a.m.
Rep. Simpson loses 68 pounds, launches ‘Hike with Mike’ challenge
Idaho 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson has lost 68 pounds in the past 18 months, the Idaho Statesman’s Washington bureau reporter Rob Hotakainen writes, and is in training to hike …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a roundup of the events of the past week, including comments on the election results from Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Chuck Winder and Ada County commissioner …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Primary takes out three N. Idaho lawmakers, independent campaign may have backfired
Here’s my full day-after election story from Spokesman.com on the final results and fallout: Primary takes out three North Idaho lawmakers By Betsy Z. Russell Three North Idaho lawmakers lost …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 3:31 p.m.
Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary in District 1; will face Rep. Sage Dixon
Write-in candidate Stephen Howlett has defeated Bob Vickaryous to become the Democratic nominee for the District 1 House seat now held by Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay; the two will face …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
No automatic recounts in close Idaho races; loser could request recount and pay the cost…
With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts. Betsie Kimbrough, state elections director in the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, has this …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 8:57 a.m.
Final results: Seven GOP lawmakers ousted; Brody and McKenzie head to runoff for SupCourt
Here’s a link to the final, unofficial results of yesterday’s Idaho primary election, with all precincts reporting. When the dust settled, seven sitting Republican lawmakers had been knocked off in …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 11:39 p.m.
Chmelik ousted from Idaho County commission seat in GOP primary
Controversial Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik, leader of the state’s movement to try to wrest ownership of federal public lands away to the state, has lost his county commissioner seat, …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 11:32 p.m.
Three N. Idaho incumbents who trail challengers scored in top 10 on ‘Freedom Index’
Despite a big push by Idaho Freedom Action, the campaigning arm of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, it appears the group’s most-favored candidates are losing in North Idaho legislative races tonight. …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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. …
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …