Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012
Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales
BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012
Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors
BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …
FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012
Hammond says he won’t run for Senate re-election
BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the Idaho state Senate and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along …
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012
Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government …
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012
Idaho redistricting commission adopts new plan
BOISE – After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission adopted a new legislative district plan late Friday – one that doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, …
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012, 4:51 P.M.
New Idaho redistricting plan reshuffles lawmakers
After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission has adopted a new legislative district plan - and this one doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and …
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012
Court won’t hear redistricting appeal
BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday and halted two top GOP leaders’ power play over redistricting that was threatening to delay the state’s primary election. The court …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012, 6:10 P.M.
Redistricting fracas divides Idaho GOP
The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday and halted a power play over redistricting by two top GOP leaders that was threatening to delay the state’s primary election.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012, 4:57 P.M.
Idaho GOP in intense internal fight over redistricting
Idaho’s dominant Republican Party on Monday deepened an intense internal fight, with the state GOP chairman and House speaker announcing they’d fired two of their own redistricting commissioners, at least …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2012
Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear
BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2012
Tea partyers to challenge 3 veteran Idaho GOP legislators
BOISE – A trio of tea party sympathizers is challenging three longtime GOP incumbents in North Idaho’s legislative District 1, as Idaho gears up for its first closed Republican primary …
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012
Idaho high court overturns redistricting, may delay primary
BOISE – Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012, 12:24 P.M.
Idaho high court overturns redistricting plan
Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May primary election.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012
Idaho grocers seek to ease food stamp rush
BOISE – Idaho’s grocery stores are putting up $100,000 of their own money and asking state lawmakers to change back to multiday distribution of food stamps each month, saying the …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012
Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012
Idaho gov. calls for $45 million in tax cuts
BOISE - With Idaho’s state budget flush for the first time in years, a cautious Gov. Butch Otter is calling for $45 million in tax cuts next year, a $5 …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012
Elections, redistricting likely to play big role in Idaho
BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers head into an election-year session, they’re facing big decisions. Lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter budgeted so conservatively last year that they’re now sitting on a …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012
Hart lawyer says state law trumps feds’ lawsuit
BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has cited his status as a state legislator numerous times in seeking delays in his court fights over paying state and federal …
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012
Idaho businessmen to challenge GOP allies
Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has drawn an opponent in the upcoming May GOP primary, as has his ally in their North Idaho legislative district, Rep. Vito Barbieri. Longtime …
SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011
Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again
BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …
MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2016, 7:57 A.M.
Bill would move up party-affiliation deadline to Feb. 11, before new March 8 presidential primary
Idahoans who want to change their party affiliation before this spring’s primary elections will have to act quickly, under legislation introduced this morning at the request of the Idaho Secretary …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2016, 7:33 A.M.
Idaho delegation turns thumbs down on Obama’s final State of the Union message
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation gave President Obama’s final State of the Union address last night the thumbs-down, will all four issuing statements decrying the president and his message. “Instead of …
MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016, 8:07 A.M.
Idaho GOP dumps party-platform ‘loyalty oath’ rule
The Idaho Republican Party’s central committee, at its winter meeting over the weekend, voted to do away with a 2011 party rule that required all candidates to vow compliance with …
SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016, 6:56 P.M.
Session: ‘All business’ approach will compete with pre-election posturing
When the Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, it will face a push-pull between two competing goals for the session: a desire for a quick, “all business” session that wraps up well …
SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016, 6:49 P.M.
Retaining college grads, a new state commerce director, and Idaho leaders’ thoughts on Burns…
State Labor Director Ken Edmunds’ remarks to a legislative committee last week that Idaho is losing half its college graduates within four years after graduation – likely due to low …
FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016, 4:36 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” tackles public land management and the disputes that that led to the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, in a discussion featuring co-host Melissa …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 12:03 P.M.
Otter’s health plan: ‘It’s Idahoans taking care of Idahoans’
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal today for a new $30 million program to provide basic preventive medical care to the …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 9:25 A.M.
Legislative leaders: School funding as top priority this year is ‘a given’
Legislative leaders from both parties are now addressing reporters at the AP Legislative Preview this morning, and there’s much agreement on a top priority: Education funding. “Staying on track from …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 9:13 A.M.
Otter on PAC, session length, lawsuits…
Here are some more topics Gov. Butch Otter addressed at this morning’s AP Legislative Preview: OTTER PAC: “I have had tremendous support from folks in the Legislature, at the local …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 8:59 A.M.
Otter hints at higher ed funding boost, public defense reform…
Gov. Butch Otter has been declining to answer questions that go directly to what he’ll be presenting to lawmakers in his State of the State message on Monday. Among them: …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 8:54 A.M.
Otter on Planned Parenthood, tax cuts, Burns protest…
Here are some more issues Gov. Butch Otter has addressed this morning in response to questions from reporters at the AP Legislative Preview: PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Otter acknowledged that lawmakers have …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 8:35 A.M.
Otter names Megan Ronk as next Commerce director
Gov. Butch Otter has announced that Megan Ronk will be the new director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. “She’s been there a long time,” he said. “She’s prepared to …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 8:30 A.M.
House, Senate H&W chairs applaud Otter’s $30M health plan for ‘gap’ population
Here’s what the House and Senate Health & Welfare chairs had to say about Gov. Butch Otter’s gap-population health-care proposal today: Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley: I want to thank the …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 7:34 A.M.
Busy day at Capitol, with Otter announcement, CEC panel, revenue hearing; watch live
It’s a busy day at the Idaho Capitol today. This morning, Gov. Butch Otter will address reporters at the annual AP Legislative Preview, as will legislative leaders from both parties; …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2016, 4:29 P.M.
Idaho Rep. Labrador calls Burns protesters ‘peaceful’ practitioners of ‘civil disobedience’
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador is drawing attention today for defending the armed protesters who took over an eastern Oregon wildlife refuge as “peaceful” practitioners of “civil disobedience.” At a “Conversations …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015, 6:40 A.M.
State to delay Medicaid reimbursement cuts on in-home care
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is delaying its decision to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for in-home care for the developmentally disabled after receiving harsh backlash from disability providers …
TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015, 9:19 A.M.
NYT blog takes aim at Labrador claims
The New York Times’ “First Draft” blog, which touts “Political News, Now,” took aim at a recent fundraising letter from Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador yesterday. In an item …
TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015, 7:15 A.M.
Sharp cuts in state payments for in-home care for disabled spark outcry
A recent decision by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for in-home care for the developmentally disabled has received pushback from disabilities activists who …
MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015, 7:21 A.M.
Bonneville GOP official who helped form anti-Otter PAC in the last primary wants to ‘denounce’ new Otterpac
Bonneville County’s Republican Central Committee has voted to “denounce” Idaho Gov. Butch Otter for forming a PAC to raise funds and donate to Idaho campaigns, the Idaho Falls Post Register …
FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015, 4:03 P.M.
Idaho Gov. Otter forms new PAC to fundraise, influence races
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has formed a new political action committee, Otterpac, that can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, and plans to donate to GOP campaigns from the state level …