Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., June 19, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: 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. …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe
Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …
Sun., June 12, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: 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 …
Tue., June 7, 2016, 9:40 a.m.
Idaho Sen. Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments on judge
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, pressed by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill to disavow presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump …
Sun., June 5, 2016
Eye on Boise: Sen. Steven Thayn calls on conservatives to ‘do something,’ not just complain
Idaho state Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, had a booth at the state GOP convention over the weekend, where he was handing out copies of his latest book, “Reprogramming Government, A …
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 7:27 a.m.
Idaho delegation splits on hurricane relief bill; my full Sun. column
When Congress quickly and overwhelmingly passed a Hurricane Harvey relief and government funding bill late last week, it did so with the backing of only half of Idaho’s congressional delegation…
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 7:13 a.m.
Hundreds turn out to support DACA at Idaho rallies
Close to a thousand people rallied at the Idaho Capitol over the weekend in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has protected “dreamers” – those …
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Labrador announces legislation targeting criminal alien gang members
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced today that he’s sponsoring legislation designed to “make our communities safer by making it easier to deport alien gang members.” Labrador is …
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
House passes hurricane relief-govt funding bill, sends to president; Simpson votes yes, Labrador misses vote
The U.S. House today passed the Hurricane Harvey relief/government funding bill on a 316-90 vote, sending the measure to President Trump, who has pledged to sign it. Idaho 2nd District …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
Risch, Crapo split on hurricane relief-government funding deal in Senate
The U.S. Senate today voted 80-17 in favor of more than $15 billion in hurricane and disaster recovery aid, in a package that also included a short-term deal to fund …