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Political and legislative news out of Idaho.

Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House committee Thursday on an 8-7 vote, after a hearing that stretched over three days.

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker’s false account twisted in Redoubt News report

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said Monday that a former House committee secretary stalked him in 2013, when his wife was undergoing cancer treatment, and attempted to extort money from him, falsely claiming the two had had a relationship. The Idaho Attorney General’s office referred the matter to the Idaho State Police for investigation, but apparently no charges ended up being filed.

Idaho Sen. Risch defends move to block Coretta Scott King letter from admission in Senate

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3 p.m.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is staunchly defending his role in blocking a letter from Coretta Scott King from being entered into the record in the U.S. Senate during Tuesday evening’s debate over the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, saying Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren violated Senate rules by bringing up the letter.