Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 3:38 P.M.
Idaho awards $180M school laptop contract to H-P
Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho today signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard to supply …
UPDATED: MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 4:40 P.M.
Idaho sues to force disclosure of secret donations
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa went to court Monday, seeking a court order to make a defiant secret-donations group reveal the source of more than $200,000 spent on statewide …
SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012
Labrador defends seat for first time
BOISE – As Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador seeks re-election for a second term in Congress, he’s made a name for himself in Washington, D.C., as a tea party favorite …
SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012
Idaho lawmaker stands by calling public schools ‘Godless’ institutions
Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement posted on his re-election campaign website in which he called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools. In …
THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012, 2:29 P.M.
Latest school reform ad charges kids treated as ‘widgets’
The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of the education reform propositions on Idaho’s November ballot focuses on Proposition 2, the teacher merit-pay measure, suggesting that Idaho’s state schools superintendent …
THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012
Bidding delays laptops for teachers
BOISE – The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, already was supposed to be delivered to Idaho’s schools this month …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012, 10:54 A.M.
Idaho laptop rollout slips further behind schedule
The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, was supposed to be out in Idaho’s schools this month under the controversial …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012
School reform ad takes quote out of context
BOISE – A new ad promoting Idaho education overhaul recycles a 3-year-old speech from a retired union leader, using a portion of it out of context to bash those trying …
TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 10:28 A.M.
Idaho school reform ad twists old video clip
A new ad promoting an Idaho education overhaul recycles a 3-year-old speech from a retired union leader, using a portion of it out of context to bash those trying to …
TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012
Woolf named Idaho controller
BOISE – A 40-year-old who started working in the office 15 years ago as an intern was named Idaho’s 21st state controller Monday. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter named acting state …
SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012
Idaho to vote on measure ensuring right to hunt, fish, trap
BOISE – Idaho has a measure on the November ballot to enshrine a right to hunt, fish and trap in the state constitution – a proposal that likely would generate …
SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012
Eye on Boise: PAC didn’t overlook Nonini when making donations
BOISE – In practically every legislative district in Idaho where there’s a contested race – and even one where there’s not – the Senate Republican PAC has made a campaign …
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012
School reform ad’s donors undisclosed
BOISE – Idaho’s campaign finance disclosure deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures – …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 6:47 P.M.
Idaho school reform backers say they won’t disclose donors
Idaho’s campaign finance deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures - and backers say …
THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012
New Idaho schools ad launched
BOISE – The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws and focuses on what may be …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012, 3:24 P.M.
Latest school reform ad hits union issue
The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws, and focuses on what may be their toughest …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012
Idaho school reform becomes personal
BOISE – Here’s how fiery the debate over school reform has gotten in Idaho: After a forum at the City Club of Boise on Tuesday, state Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, …
TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012, 3:09 P.M.
Fiery debate focuses on Idaho school reforms
In a fiery debate Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 450, Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna defended his controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws, while critic Brian Cronin …
MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012
Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2
The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2012
Eye on Boise: Secretary of State predicts strong voter turnout
BOISE – From a popular GOP presidential nominee with an enthusiastic base in the state to controversial school-reform referendums that are drawing attention to the balloting, Idaho’s poised for strong …
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 5:05 A.M.
Tensions escalate over role of Idaho Attorney General
Mounting tensions between Idaho lawmakers and the Attorney General’s office have revealed a political power struggle over whether the state’s elected officials should be able to pursue legal opinions that …
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 5:01 A.M.
Catching up on the news…
Among the news stories that happened during the week I’ve been gone: The Idaho Fish & Game Department’s annual wolf report came out, documenting 108 wolf packs across the state …
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016, 5:03 P.M.
Legislative limerick No. 10: What will Gov. Otter do?
What will the governor do/Now that lawmakers are through?/Will he take a stand/On health gap demands/Or just say that’s all we can do?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016, 6:21 A.M.
Sanders wins Idaho Dem caucuses with 78 percent
When all the county caucuses were done, Bernie Sanders won Idaho’s Democratic presidential caucuses last night with 78 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Hillary Clinton trailed …
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016, 8:51 P.M.
Official results likely hours away for Dems’ caucuses, due to large turnout; anecdotally, Sanders winning big
If you’re looking for the early results from tonight’s Idaho Democratic presidential caucuses, you’re out of luck. Party spokesman Dean Ferguson said no results will be posted until all county …
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016, 7:27 P.M.
Big turnouts reported for tonight’s Idaho Dem caucus
Here’s the latest on tonight’s Idaho Democratic Party presidential caucuses, including big turnouts delaying start times in Ada County: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democratic Party leaders delayed the scheduled …
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016, 5:20 P.M.
How it works: Tonight’s Idaho Democratic caucus
Democrats head to caucuses in all of Idaho’s 44 counties Tuesday, and organizers expect record turnout for the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Here are some things to …
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016, 4:05 P.M.
Seiniger withdraws from Idaho Supreme Court race
Boise attorney William “Breck” Seiniger has withdrawn from the race for the Idaho Supreme Court, the second candidate to do so; that makes what was initially a six-way race now …
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 2:42 P.M.
Troupis drops out of Idaho Supreme Court race, endorses McKenzie
Attorney Christ Troupis is dropping out of the six-way race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, and instead endorsing Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa. “We have two conservatives …
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 12:37 P.M.
Sanders urges Idaho Dems to turn out for tomorrow’s caucuses
Bernie Sanders wrapped up an hour-plus speech at BSU’s Taco Bell Arena today with this message: “If we could win here in Idaho, it would send a message throughout this …
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016, 5:11 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” looks at the 10th week of this year’s legislative session, including an overview of the week’s developments; a report on public lands; co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron …
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016, 10:56 A.M.
Bernie Sanders sets Boise rally on Monday; Hillary Clinton campaign has Michelle Kwan event in Boise today
With Idaho’s March 22 Democratic Party presidential caucuses coming up fast, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has announced that he’ll hold a campaign rally in Boise on Monday. Sanders already was …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016, 4:02 P.M.
Family ties run through Idaho legislative candidate filings…
Among old TV show titles that could describe this year’s Idaho legislative elections: “All in the Family” and “Family Ties.” That’s because at least four candidates running for the Legislature …
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016, 5:50 P.M.
Make that a six-way race for Idaho high court seat…
It took a while for the final list to be posted, but there are now a full half-dozen candidates running for the Idaho Supreme Court seat that will open next …
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016, 3:56 P.M.
Race to succeed Justice Jones balloons into five-way contested election
As today’s 5 p.m. deadline approaches to file to run in May for the Idaho Legislature, congressional and U.S. Senate seats, local offices and judicial positions, the race to succeed …
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 7:32 A.M.
Idaho’s first early presidential primary draws a crowd
Here’s our full story today on the final numbers from Tuesday’s Idaho presidential primary election, which drew a surprisingly strong turnout, though all that was on the ballot was the …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 3:19 P.M.
Chief Justice Jones to retire, Clive Strong announces bid for his seat
Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones announced today that he won’t run for re-election to a third six-year term on the Idaho Supreme Court, and Clive Strong, longtime chief …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 2:11 P.M.
Final, unofficial results: Cruz got 45.4 percent
The final, unofficial results are in from yesterday’s presidential primary. With 100,928 votes, Ted Cruz won Idaho’s GOP primary with 45.4 percent, and will receive 20 of Idaho’s 32 GOP …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 8:24 A.M.
With 98% of vote counted, Cruz getting 20 Idaho delegates, Trump getting 12
At this point this morning, 98 percent of the vote has been tallied from yesterday’s Idaho presidential primary election for the GOP and Constitution Party. With 938 of 956 precincts …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 10:47 P.M.
Cruz wins Idaho primary; full story
Three days after he drew a crowd of thousands to the county fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stormed North Idaho and the rest of the Gem State …