Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Latest from The Spokesman-Review
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016, 3:54 P.M.
Races in heavily GOP district feature conservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri
North Idaho’s legislative District 2 is among the most conservative in the state, and GOP incumbents Vito Barbieri and Eric Redman are hoping to keep it that way.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016, 2:20 P.M.
Two vie for open Idaho Supreme Court seat
The two attorneys facing off for an open Idaho Supreme Court seat have taken decidedly different approaches to their campaigns.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016, 3:19 P.M.
Idaho Bar survey rates Brody twice as high as McKenzie for state’s high court
The Idaho State Bar has released the results of its survey of state bar members about the qualifications of the two candidates vying for an open seat on the Idaho …
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016
Amador, Hearn battle for Idaho legislative seat
Just a dozen years ago, two of the three state lawmakers from Coeur d’Alene were Democrats. Now District 4, like the rest of the North Idaho Panhandle, is all-GOP in …
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 3:52 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 12:16 P.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo now says he’ll vote for Trump
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo now says he’ll vote for Donald Trump for president, according to the Idaho State Journal. That means Crapo has come full circle – first he endorsed …
SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016
Eye on Boise: Labrador slams Democratic challenger Piotrowski over ‘socialist’ tweet
During a televised debate, 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador went after his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, saying, “He’s not a moderate,” and reading a tweet that Piotrowski sent from …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 3:32 P.M.
Independent Evan McMullin – in dead heat with Trump and Clinton in Utah – makes campaign push into Idaho
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a Mormon who’s offering himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump, had such large, overflow crowds at his two eastern Idaho rallies last weekend …
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016, 8:42 P.M.
Labrador, Piotrowski clash in testy televised debate
In a testy debate Monday night, Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador clashed repeatedly with his Democratic challenger, attorney James Piotrowski, over everything from public lands to congressional gridlock.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: McAlister outraises Scott in N. Idaho race
The latest campaign finance reports from the race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister of Sandpoint show McAlister out-raising the outspoken first-term incumbent. McAlister, president of …
FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016, 9:09 P.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo backtracks, says he might still vote for Trump
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who was among the first U.S. senators to disavow Donald Trump last weekend and call for him to step aside as the GOP presidential nominee, said …
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 12:41 P.M.
Idaho Gov. Otter stands by Trump, ‘the best candidate’ for president
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who with First Lady Lori Otter is serving as honorary co-chair of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Idaho, said Tuesday that he’s standing by Trump, …
MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016, 11:58 A.M.
Dozens offer emotional testimony for and against Idaho’s faith-healing laws
Idaho lawmakers on a special panel looking into issues surrounding the state’s faith-healing laws took more than two hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue Monday, but …
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016
Eye on Boise: Idaho court candidate tries to distance himself from trial lawyers, despite membership, campaign contributions
Idaho Supreme Court candidate Curt McKenzie is trying to distance himself from the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, of which he was a dues-paying member for four years and which donated …
FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2016, 4:17 P.M.
Democrats pull worker out of Bonner County, charge harassment by Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s supporters
The Idaho Democratic Party has pulled a party field organizer out of Bonner and Boundary counties after the young man reported he was repeatedly stalked and harassed by supporters of …
THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2016, 3:13 P.M.
Idaho court hopeful Robyn Brody touts law enforcement support, former Nampa chief raps rival Curt McKenzie
Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody called a news conference Thursday to announce support from eight county sheriffs and 18 county prosecutors, and a former longtime Nampa police chief and …
SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2016
Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016, 12:41 P.M.
Ad Watch: Crapo, Sturgill launch new campaign ads on night of presidential debate
As a record TV audience tuned in for the first presidential debate this week, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, both launched new TV campaign commercials.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016
Eye on Boise: Challenger faults Rep. Labrador’s 2014 vote against military budget
James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is criticizing Labrador for his “obstructionist tactics” in Congress, including a 2014 vote against the military budget.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016, 5 A.M.
Crapo’s Democratic challenger counts on math, ‘moral analysis’
Jerry Sturgill says math got him into the race against longtime Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, because he believes the numbers show that even as a Democrat and a first-time …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 8:04 A.M.
Katsilometes, citing charts, says he believes election result was off
Demonstrating with large blowups of printouts of individual precinct results from this year’s District 29 Senate race, unsuccessful GOP candidate Tom Katsilometes told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 7:59 A.M.
Becker: If Sunshine law was violated, election was unfair
Attorney Kahle Becker told the Senate State Affairs Committee that Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, who previously served in the House, collected nine campaign donations between Jan. 1 and his formal …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 7:26 A.M.
Nye and Katsilometes, well lawyered-up, face off in Senate committee
Both Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, and his GOP challenger, Tom Katsilometes, are represented by attorneys this morning for the election contest hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Katsilometes’ attorney …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 7:16 A.M.
Siddoway, opening election contest hearing: ‘This is not a court of law,’ so keep it polite…
As the Senate State Affairs Committee opens its hearing this morning on the challenge of the District 29 Senate election by losing candidate Tom Katsilometes, Chairman Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, had …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 4:51 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the tumultuous first week the of the legislative session; co-host Aaron Kunz’s interview with BSU School …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 9:40 A.M.
No charges in North Idaho voter intimidation case
Idaho’s top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter intimidation and interference during campaigning for last November’s election, …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 8:03 A.M.
Senators prepare to act like a court, take up contest of District 29 election results
Terms like motion, order, affidavit, telephonic hearing and the like were being tossed around in the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning as the panel prepares to consider a contest …
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 1:30 P.M.
Of rules review, air quality, primacy and the feds…
At the first portion of this afternoon’s House Energy, Environment & Technology Committee meeting, Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, who had been on that panel before she was stripped of all …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 7:12 P.M.
Complaints about Rep. Scott’s behavior, comments have Statehouse abuzz
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Rep. Heather Scott facing a possible formal reprimand after she claimed female members of the Idaho House only advance through …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 4:01 P.M.
Rep. Scott under fire for allegedly saying female colleagues advance through sexual favors
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, is under fire and facing a possible formal reprimand from House leadership and her caucus for telling another female lawmaker in a public outburst …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 1:39 P.M.
Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments on public defense reform
Idaho’s Supreme Court will soon decide whether to revive an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the state over its faulty public defense system, the AP reports. Attorneys on both …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 9:05 A.M.
Freshman senator plans to introduce bill imposing murder penalties on mother, doctor for abortion
Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence reports today that new Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, who defeated three-term Sen. Dan Schmidt in November, says he plans to introduce a bill to classify …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 1:48 P.M.
State’s highest-paid employee is still BSU’s head football coach, followed by BB coach, college presidents…
The annual “Rainbow Report” about the state’s workforce is out, and once again, it shows that the highest-paid state employee is Boise State University’s head football coach. Coach Bryan Harsin’s …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 12:16 P.M.
Leadership: $8M for broadband settlement not likely
Top legislative leaders are no longer optimistic that the $8 million they squirrelled away last year will be used as a settlement in the state’s ongoing school broadband legal disputes, …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 10:49 A.M.
Senate goes at ease to conduct unusual ceremony, as part of District 29 election challenge
At a white-draped table in the well of the Senate, an unusual ceremony is taking place, as part of an unsuccessful Senate candidate’s formal protest of the election. Idaho Secretary …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 5:57 P.M.
Otter puts focus on education, fight in store over tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter put his focus squarely on education Monday as he kicked off the legislative session with an address to a joint session of the House and Senate …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 4:11 P.M.
House, Senate Dems react to State of the State message, plan inspector general legislation
House and Senate Democrats cited some common ground with GOP Gov. Butch Otter today in their reaction to his State of the State message, particularly in his focus on education. …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 2:13 P.M.
Otter says he was only willing to seek Trump Admin post because state would be ‘in good hands’ with Little
Gov. Butch Otter told reporters today that he was happy to apply for a job in the Trump Administration because if he left, he’d leave “the state in pretty good …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 6:21 P.M.
Health coverage, education, roads, taxes and more on slate as lawmakers convene Monday…
Here’s a link to my Sunday article on five things to watch in the upcoming Idaho legislative session, and a link to our story in Sunday’s Spokesman-Review on how uncertainty …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 6:08 P.M.
Sunday column: Treasurer Crane won’t seek re-election, Crapo new banking chair, more…
Here’s a link to my Sunday column, on state Treasurer Ron Crane’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election at the end of his current term in 2018; Sen. Mike Crapo …
Judge Bush decision 4-20-10
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush’s decision declaring Idaho restrictions on independent presidential candidates unconstitutional
Complaint filed with Idaho Secretary of State by Sen. Mike Jorgenson, challenging ballot status of his primary election challenger
Statement of Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, on how Idaho should propose its own state health care reform plan and opt out of federal reforms, rather than suing to stop federal reforms
Otter announces campaign staff
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Friday announced his campaign manager and other campaign staff, and formally filed for re-election to a second term as governor
Kemp filing release
Independent Idaho gubernatorial candidate Jana Kemp’s statement on filing for the office Monday
Rammell release - free dinners
GOP candidate for governor Rex Rammell is hosting “free dinners” around the state to spread his campaign pitch
Allred for Idaho press release, 3/1/10
Democratic Idaho gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred’s 2/5/10 press release criticizing GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s “irrational pessimism”
Laird Noh letter
Former state Sen. Laird Noh’s letter explaining why he’s co-chairing Keith Allred’s gubernatorial campaign
UI holdback memo
UI President Duane Nellis’ memo to faculty, staff and students on plans for coping with a 6 percent budget holdback
Idaho budget holdbacks
This chart shows Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s Sept. 25 budget holdbacks, by state agency.
Idaho Cuts By Agency
Here are Idaho’s new budget cuts by agency