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  • Eye on Boise: Zions offices would complete Boise core

    BOISE – It’s big news for Boise that Zions Bank is planning new headquarters at the corner of Eighth and Main streets downtown. That’s the site of the infamous Boise …


  • Idaho redistricters agree - 3 weeks after deadline

    In the latest twist in this year’s Idaho redistricting saga, the Idaho Republican and Democratic parties issued a joint media advisory just after 5 p.m. today saying the six previous …


  • Idaho must pick new redistricting panel

    BOISE – Idaho has to appoint an entirely new redistricting commission and start the process over after the first commission blew its deadline, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced …


  • Idaho has to appoint new redistricting commission

    Idaho has to appoint an entirely new redistricting commission - not including any of the six commissioners who blew their deadline last week - and start the process over, Idaho …


  • Eye on Boise: Statesman editor takes helm of ‘Idaho Reports’

    BOISE – Idaho Public Television announced that Greg Hahn has been hired as the new producer and host of “Idaho Reports,” the weekly program that reports on happenings in the …


  • Idaho court tosses both redistricting challenges

    The Idaho Supreme Court has issued an unexpected order this afternoon on redistricting, tossing out both the GOP redistricting commissioners’ lawsuit and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa’s legal challenge after …


  • Panel fails to draw districts by deadline

    BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission failed Tuesday to agree on new legislative and congressional districts by its constitutionally set deadline, forcing the issue into the courts. “I think …


  • Deadlocked Idaho redistricters miss deadline

    Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission failed Tuesday to agree on new legislative and congressional districts by its constitutionally-set deadline, forcing the issue into the courts.


  • Eye on Boise: Recruiting letter leans heavily on Otter’s name

    BOISE – Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho’s secretary …


  • Otter says he’ll continue low-balling state budget

    BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising more of the same from his administration: tight budgeting that may underestimate state revenues, forcing budget cuts that later prove unnecessary, to …


  • If redistricting fails, job could go to high court

    BOISE – Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission appeared to move toward compromise last week, but after weeks of partisan impasse, it’s worth asking: What happens if the commission fails to agree …


  • Eye on Boise: State endowment land may be restaurant site

    The recent brouhaha over operation of a mini-storage business on Idaho state endowment land is expanding a bit. Now, a report has surfaced about the state Lands Department seeking proposals …


  • Eye on Boise: Otter touts Idaho’s upgrade by S&P

    BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter took to the national airwaves last week to tout Idaho’s budget management as a “model for what the nation ought to do,” from Medicaid cuts …


  • Stoking Idaho’s conservative fire

    Conservatism is practically a religion in Idaho’s legislative District 3, the district that elected tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart four times and this year added two like-minded lawmakers he recruited …


  • Redistricting puzzle still on table

    BOISE – The bipartisan citizen commission charged with the once-a-decade crafting of new Idaho legislative districts has reached agreement on just one point: to stay at 35 districts. The figure …


  • Eye on Boise: State redistricting process turns sour

    BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission appeared close to a compromise on a new congressional district plan last week, but then the talks broke down in a partisan impasse …


  • Idaho settles suit over ballot

    BOISE – Idaho has changed its election laws after a Texas prison inmate made Idaho’s presidential ballot in 2008, and a Ralph Nader supporter from Arizona won a discrimination lawsuit …


  • Idaho changes law after inmate makes presidential ballot

    Idaho has changed its election laws after a prison inmate in Texas successfully made the Idaho ballot for president in 2008, and a Ralph Nader supporter from Arizona won a …


  • Eye on Boise: Senator apologizes, evades being deposed

    Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last week for a recent drunken driving conviction but succeeded in heading …


  • GOP move puts Idaho primary in doubt

    Idaho’s Republican Party Central Committee, at its meeting in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, approved moving to a caucus system – like the Idaho Democrats’ – for its presidential delegate selection …


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