Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Thu., 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 – …
Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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, …
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., Sept. 28, 2012, 4:17 p.m.
Ad touting school reforms tells just part of story
A new television commercial touting Idaho’s controversial school reform laws makes claims that are accurate, but still mislead voters about the impact of the reform laws. That’s because they focus …
Sun., Sept. 23, 2012
Ad slams Idaho school reform laws
BOISE – The hottest election issue of the season in Idaho – possible repeal of the state’s controversial new school reform laws – has yielded the first statewide TV campaign …
Fri., Sept. 21, 2012
Idaho teachers will get earned merit pay
BOISE – It turns out both sides were wrong: Idaho teachers who earned merit-pay bonuses last year under a controversial school-reform law will get those payments this fall, regardless of …
Sun., Sept. 16, 2012
Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries
BOISE – The northernmost legislative district in Idaho, District 1, saw some of the hottest election contests in the state in May’s primary, with tea party challengers trying to knock …
Sun., Aug. 19, 2012
Eye on Boise: Hart’s Audi raises eyebrows amid bankruptcy
When tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart filed for bankruptcy amid federal and state claims that he owes more than half a million dollars in back taxes, penalties and interest, papers …
Fri., Aug. 3, 2012
Farris releases income tax returns
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the …
Sun., July 15, 2012
Eye on Boise: Places marked in leadership races
BOISE – When current Idaho House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, leaves the House to become a state tax commissioner on Monday, he’ll leave behind what’s shaping up to …
Fri., June 29, 2012, 4:03 p.m.
Idaho GOP keeps its tea party platform planks
Idaho’s super-dominant Republican Party was widely expected to swing back toward the middle this year, after tea party activists peppered the party platform two years ago with planks urging abolishment …
Wed., June 27, 2012, 3:16 p.m.
Idaho’s school spending again ranks 50th in nation
Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks 50th in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census, while Washington’s is 32nd, down from …
Sun., June 17, 2012
Eye on Boise: Labrador rips immigration shift
BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, an immigration attorney who touted his expertise on the issue as he ran for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat two years ago, blasted President …
Sat., June 16, 2012
After failed House bid, Rammell moving to Wyoming
Flamboyant former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell said he’s given up on Idaho politics and is moving to Wyoming after losing a state legislative race for a north-central Idaho seat …
Fri., June 15, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
Rammell sells RV, dinosaur, moves to Wyoming
Flamboyant former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell says he’s given up on Idaho politics and is moving to Wyoming, after he lost a state legislative race for a North Idaho …
Tue., July 12, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
Piotrowski slams Labrador’s FADA bill as ‘dangerous and extreme’
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, issued a statement today highly critical of Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” saying the measure would “open the door to unprecedented discrimination …
Tue., July 12, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
House holds lively hearing on Labrador’s ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ re same-sex marriage
A House committee is holding a hearing today on Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” which seeks to protect people who act because of their religious views about …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
State report: Five more Idaho children died in 2013 because parents had religious objection to medical treatment
The Idaho Child Fatality Review Team has published its third annual report, this one reviewing child deaths in 2013, and it found five more Idaho children died because their parents’ …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 1:19 p.m.
Brad Little’s campaign treasurer for guv race: Vicki Risch
An interesting tidbit: In Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s filing with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office to form a campaign committee for a run for governor in 2018, he had …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 7:22 a.m.
Idaho sales tax ranks low, illegal fireworks ban gains support, ag leaders tout Little for guv…
From my Sunday column: Idaho’s sales tax ranks low, at 37th-highest in the nation, according to a new ranking from the Tax Foundation. A push to ban sales of illegal …
Thu., July 7, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Labrador says he thinks Trump should choose Cruz as running mate
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador, who will be going to the national GOP convention in Cleveland as a Ted Cruz delegate, called today for Donald Trump to choose Cruz …
Tue., July 5, 2016, 7:48 a.m.
Ag leaders welcome Little as candidate for guv, say he’s an ally of ag
Idaho agriculture leaders are welcoming Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s announcement that he’s running for governor in 2018, the Capital Press reports. “Brad Little is Idaho agriculture,” Food Producers of Idaho …
Fri., July 1, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Major campaign finance reform initiative falls short, won’t be on ballot
A sweeping campaign finance reform initiative that promised to change the role of money in politics in Idaho has fallen short of the number of verified signatures needed, and won’t …
Thu., June 30, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
Sweeping initiative to strengthen Idaho’s Sunshine Law appears to be falling short in bid to make Nov. ballot
It looks like a sweeping campaign finance reform initiative may fall short of the number of verified signatures needed to make the November ballot – even though backers collected roughly …
Wed., June 29, 2016, 8:10 a.m.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little jumps into the race for governor, in bid to succeed Otter in 2018
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little says he’s filing the paperwork today to form a campaign committee to run for governor in 2018. Little, the first candidate officially in the race …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 3:47 p.m.
Labrador decries decision in Texas abortion clinic case; Piotrowski says it protects women’s health
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador and his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, had sharply differing reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in a Texas case, which the Washington …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 6:36 a.m.
New director for courts, Brody’s fundraising edge, and what N.Idaho campaign $$ reports show…
From my Sunday column: Idaho’s court system has a new director after a two-year wait, Sara Thomas; Supreme Court hopeful Robyn Brody’s fundraising edge; and what the latest campaign finance …
Thu., June 23, 2016, 9:17 a.m.
New presidential-only primary in March cost state $1.9M
Idaho’s Republican presidential primary election cost taxpayers $1.9 million this year, coming in just slightly under what state officials originally estimated. Idaho lawmakers agreed to move the GOP presidential primary …
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 …