Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6:09 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
Proposed law in Idaho would discourage sanctuary cities and direct law enforcement to question people’s immigration status
BOISE – An Idaho legislative committee took action directed at sanctuary cities on Monday even though the state doesn’t have any.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 2 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Medicaid transport contractor draws complaints from around state; Idaho House speaker tells Rep. Heather Scott they should talk honestly
When the Idaho House and Senate Health and Welfare committees held an open public hearing on health and welfare issues on Friday, people flocked from all parts of the state …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
Eye on Boise: State Rep. Heather Scott forces full reading of Idaho House’s first bill for ‘transparency’ sake
State Rep. Heather Scott says her apology for making a disparaging remark about other female legislators may never be enough for the speaker of the House.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results
An Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and ultimately rejecting a challenge to the November election results in one …
Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 4:09 p.m.
House, Senate Dems say burden of Otter’s tax-cut proposals would fall on families
Democratic legislators today decried Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed tax cuts, saying they’ll fall “on the backs of Idaho families with children.” House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, said Otter’s proposal …
Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 9:18 a.m.
Vick defeats Lakey for Senate assistant majority leader
Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, has defeated Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, for assistant majority leader in the Senate; Sen. Kelly Anthon, R-Burley, was elected caucus chair in a four-way race. …
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 7:26 p.m.
Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals to nearly 30% of state budget; my full Sunday column…
Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, currently the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already …
Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 1:10 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight
Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education …
Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Blue Cross welcomes Otter/Little health care executive order, says it’ll participate
Blue Cross of Idaho is praising the executive order issued by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little today on health care. Here is the full statement from President …
Statement from Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko
Tea Party Express letter from Minnick
Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s letter to Tea Party Express
Idaho congressional candidate Raul Labrador’s July quarterly campaign finance report
Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s July quarterly campaign finance report
Raul Labrador released his campaign’s internal poll showing him trailing Congressman Walt Minnick, 37 percent to 27 percent