Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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, …
Wed., 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. …
Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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, …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Wed., Oct. 31, 2012
Idaho liable for damaged, lost laptops under contract
BOISE – Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature – the state won’t actually own …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 6:36 p.m.
Idaho’s $182M laptop contract just for rental, not purchase
Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature: The state won’t actually own the computers, and …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012
School ads group can’t hide
BOISE – A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a …
Mon., Oct. 29, 2012, 3:54 p.m.
Judge orders Idaho group to disclose secret donors
A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a 4th District …
Mon., Oct. 29, 2012, 3:16 p.m.
Ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers
The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of the measures to suggest they hamper teachers in doing their jobs. “We want …
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012
Pro-Proposition 1, 2, 3 ad uses Romney anti-teachers union quote
BOISE – A new TV commercial in Idaho’s school reform fight makes it appear that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in on Idaho’s ballot propositions. The commercial uses …
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012
Eye on Boise: Labrador admits who’s boss when Cantor visits
BOISE – U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped in Boise last week to raise funds for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s re-election campaign and urge Idahoans to send the freshman …
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012
Idaho health insurance panel favors state-based exchange
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange working group has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state-based health insurance exchange, calling for a private nonprofit group set up …
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012
Labrador, Farris explain views in debate
BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions …
Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m.
Labrador: Raise retirement age to 70
Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than …
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 …
Tue., June 7, 2016, 7:34 a.m.
Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments about federal judge Curiel
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, attacked yesterday by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill for backing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump despite Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
Labrador: Momentum building for sentencing reform
Here’s my full story from spokesman.com: By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 9:27 a.m.
Column: Thayn’s call to Idaho conservatives, Labrador campaign team, F&G controversy…
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 …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
Idaho GOP comes together after 2014 debacle, re-elects state party chair; full story
Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa on Saturday with much talk of party unity, …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 4:23 p.m.
Tyler Hurst defeats Jennifer Locke for 2nd vice-chair; GOP state confab wraps up
The votes have been tallied for the final race at this year’s GOP state convention, for an open second-vice chairman position; Tyler Hurst won, defeating Jennifer Locke of Coeur d’Alene. …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 4:09 p.m.
Outgoing state Rep. Shannon McMillan loses bid for state party secretary
Idaho Republican Party Secretary Marla Lawson has won another term, turning back a challenge from outgoing state Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton. North Idaho state Reps. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, and …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Ruthie Johnson: ‘I became a Republican when I learned to read’
Ruthie Johnson, longtime GOP activist from Kootenai County, earned a rare late-afternoon laugh from the crowd at the state GOP convention today as she spoke to second the nomination of …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
More incumbent GOP officials re-elected
Chris Harriman has won another term as treasurer for the Idaho Republican Party, turning back a challenge from Maria Nate; Nate then asked that the vote be recorded as unanimous, …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Siddoway defeats McGeachin for GOP national committee post
Cindy Siddoway has turned back a challenge from Janice McGeachin for another term as Idaho GOP national committeewoman; McGeachin then asked that the vote be recorded as unanimous, drawing applause. …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Duff: ‘The convention has spoken’
Mike Duff says he’s “disappointed” that he didn’t win his race for Idaho GOP chairman, but said, “We knew going in it was going to be tough, because there has …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Mathews turns back challenge from Bryan Smith for GOP vice-chair post
Mike Mathews has won another term as Idaho GOP first vice chairman, turning back a challenge from Bryan Smith. Meanwhile, national committeewoman Cindy Siddoway is facing a challenge from former …