Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 12:01 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s name floated as potential agriculture secretary in Trump administration
Given the on-and-off announcements about various prospective Trump appointees in recent days, it’s with some hesitance that I pass along this maybe-news: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter now is supposedly among …
MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 1:52 P.M.
Idaho Rep. Labrador meets with Trump, hints he may be up for administration post
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York today, and hinted afterward to reporters there that they’d discussed a role …
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016, 6:15 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Crapo to again head Senate’s ‘Committee on Committees’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
Idaho state employee pay still lags, despite this year’s raises
Idaho state employee pay remains about 20 percent below market rates, according to a new state report, despite the 3 percent merit raises that lawmakers granted state workers this year.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016, 5:15 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Losing candidate files challenge with the Idaho Senate
The Idaho Senate had an unusual matter to deal with at its organizational session on Thursday: A formal contest of the election from an unsuccessful Senate candidate.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers unlikely to repeal legislative retirement perk; set for pay raises
It’s unlikely Idaho lawmakers will do away with a special retirement perk for certain legislators – even though a citizens commission this year called for lawmakers to reconsider the perk. …
MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016, 11:09 A.M.
Idaho treasurer Crane mum on oversight panel that doesn’t meet
Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane isn’t saying why a state committee he chairs that’s charged with enhancing Idaho’s state credit rating hasn’t met in six years, and this year, when …
SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2016
Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: With Otter in Hawaii, Denney gets a chance to preside over Idaho Land Board
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney got his first chance to preside over a state Land Board meeting last week, as Gov. Butch Otter was in Hawaii for a conference …
SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2016
Eye on Boise: Departing Idaho Sen. Dan Schmidt made his mark on budgets
When Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, took the lead on crafting the state’s complex Health and Welfare budgets four years ago, there was a “very steep learning curve,” the longtime physician …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 1:55 P.M.
Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise
If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016, 11:01 P.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo wins historic fourth term; Labrador, Simpson also win
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo won a fourth six-year term in the Senate on Tuesday, the first Idaho senator to win a fourth term since famed Democrat Frank Church in …
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016, 9:35 P.M.
North Idaho GOP incumbents win big in legislative races
With every seat in the Idaho Legislature up for a vote, most incumbents held their seats and the Legislature retained its overwhelmingly GOP cast in Tuesday’s general election. But two …
SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016
Eye on Boise: ‘Citizens for HJR 5’ actually elected officials, lobbying groups
So, who are the “Citizens for HJR 5”?
THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016, 2:21 P.M.
AdWatch: Crapo’s final ad tries to stir voters to turn out
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has launched his final campaign commercial of the season, focusing on stirring images and broad themes to stress the importance of the upcoming election.
THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016, 10:52 A.M.
Idaho’s Rep. Labrador stumps for Trump in far-flung states
Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador is criss-crossing the country stumping for Donald Trump, speaking at Trump rallies so far in Florida, Arizona and Utah.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 12:07 P.M.
Labrador spreads campaign money to GOP state legislative hopefuls
During a two-day stretch in late October, Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador sent campaign contributions of either $250 or $500 to 40 GOP candidates for the Idaho Legislature, plus $10,000 …
SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter points to legal concern about HJR 5 on November ballot
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is urging a “no” vote on HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot, and he’s added a new twist to the debate: Otter says …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
Politics heat up in Idaho’s District 1 legislative races
Controversial Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a first-term lawmaker who made a splash by visiting the occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon and displaying a Confederate battle flag …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 1:38 P.M.
AdWatch: Piotrowski takes Idaho Rep. Labrador to task on everything from votes to two paid cars
James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is airing a hard-hitting new TV ad that takes Labrador to task on everything from his voting record …
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 12:45 P.M.
Idaho’s horse racing revival efforts reveal divisions between governor, Legislature
Here’s a news story from the Associated Press: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The fight over Idaho’s faltering horse racing industry is building into face-off between the Legislature …
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 4:36 P.M.
Two tax cut bills introduced, transportation ‘surplus eliminator’ bill in the works…
Here’s the full AP story on the two tax cut bills introduced this morning in House Rev & Tax: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers ushered in …
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 10:14 A.M.
Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announces she’ll step down on Feb. 25
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson will step down on Feb. 25, according to Idaho Reports. She’s served as Idaho’s U.S. attorney for the past six years, and has worked for almost …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 10:58 A.M.
Senators wrap up District 29 election contest, award costs, fees to Nye from challenger
The Senate engaged in fairly lengthy and detailed debate and questions and answers today before voting unanimously to accept back from its State Affairs Committee the contents of a sealed …
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 6:55 P.M.
New NIC President MacLennan makes first budget pitch to lawmakers
North Idaho College President Richard MacLennan made his first budget pitch to state lawmakers on Monday, telling them NIC “stands proudly as the oldest community college in Idaho” and touting …
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 8:14 A.M.
Senate panel awards $19K+ in fees, costs to Nye from failed election challenger
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously this morning to award $18,060 in attorney fees and $1,711.84 in costs to Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, at the expense of his unsuccessful …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 10:05 A.M.
The week that was…
This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a rundown of the events of the week; co-host Melissa Davlin’s one-on-one interview with House Speaker Scott Bedke about the recent …
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 12:32 P.M.
Risch: ‘A privilege to be a part of today’s ceremonies’
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch had this statement in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration today: “Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump on becoming our 45th President of the United States. …
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 10:05 A.M.
Labrador: ‘I’m excited. Let’s get to work’
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador’s statement in response to Trump’s inaugural address is just six words. Here it is, in full: “I’m excited. Let’s get to work.”
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 9:51 A.M.
Crapo: ‘A policy agenda that delivers opportunities for our nation’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued this statement in response to Donald Trump’s inaugural address today: “Today, we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our …
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 11:02 A.M.
Senate unanimously rejects contest of District 29 election results
The Idaho Senate has voted unanimously to reject a contest of the November election results from Tom Katsilometes, a Pocatello Republican who lost in November to new Sen. Mark Nye, …
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 8:51 A.M.
Arts Commission thanks lawmakers for donations to its small budget
After last year’s Idaho Commission on the Arts budget was unexpectedly defeated on the floor of the House in an unrelated squabble between House Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers drafted a …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 4:21 P.M.
Senate panel rejects election challenge; link to full story
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how an Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 4:14 P.M.
AP review confirms that Otter has overseen $1B in tax cuts since he’s been in office
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 3:37 P.M.
Five GOP House members want committee assignments stripped to back Scott, but are unlikely to get wish…
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how five GOP state representatives members stood on the floor of the Idaho House this morning and asked to be …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 10:15 A.M.
Five GOP reps say they want to give up their committees, too, if Scott doesn’t get hers back
Five House members stood on the House floor this morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers back. “I’m deeply concerned …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 9:50 A.M.
Senate panel unanimously rejects contest of election, declares Nye duly elected
The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously to uphold the results of the November election in District 29, and declare Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, the duly elected senator, rejecting …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 9:27 A.M.
Confusion during District 29 recount was cleared up when resolution ballots included; result matched election outcome
Under questioning from Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst, who was present at the recount of ballots in District 29, said, “There was some …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 9:09 A.M.
Ruchti: ‘Sen. Nye did not do what he is accused of doing’
“The basic allegations against my client are wrong,” James Ruchti, attorney for Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, told the Senate State Affairs Committee as it considered Nye’s election opponent’s contest of …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 8:56 A.M.
Ruchti: People would be ‘extremely alarmed’ if Senate undoes election result
James Ruchti, a former Democratic state representative and the attorney today representing Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, in his GOP opponent’s challenge of the Senate election results, told the Senate State …
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark’s op-ed piece inviting Idaho Republicans to leave their party
Independent congressional candidate Brian Schad’s open letter to Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, calling on him to drop out of the general-election race despite his GOP primary win
Idaho Republican Chairman Norm Semanko’s statement on the recent state GOP convention
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark’s statement on the recent state GOP convention
Raul Labrador’s statement on Walt Minnick’s endorsement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Idaho 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick for re-election
Allred release 6-24-10
Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred’s press release on his successful fundraising period, in whcih he outraised incumbent Gov. Butch Otter for the second straight reporting period
Allred letter to IACI leaders
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred’s letter to IACI leaders
Labrador release 6-3-10
GOP challenger Raul Labrador’s response to Congressman Walt Minnick’s modified line-item veto bill
Labrador post-primary statement
Raul Labrador’s statement after his upset win in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District GOP primary
AARP survey 5-20-10
Idaho AARP member survey on election issues
AARP release 5-20-10
AARP release about member survey 5/20/10
Flier for Sarah Palin event in Boise on behalf of Vaughn Ward congressional campaign
Idaho schools case: Burdick’s release
Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick’s press release Monday on the school facilities lawsuit, in response to an editorial in the Lewiston Tribune
Idaho schools case: Huntley’s response
Robert Huntley’s statement in response to Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick’s press release Monday on the school facilities lawsuit
Smith poll - 1st CD
Greg Smith & Associates poll in 1st Congressional District
IACI press release standing by anti-Allred attack website
Idaho April Revenues - Preliminary
Idaho state tax revenues for April 2010, from incomplete preliminary data - the first report available
Justice Jones statement
Statement from Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones, responding to campaign claims from District Judge John Bradbury, who is running against Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick.
Justice Jim Jones statement