Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Campaign finance dispute crops up in Idaho Supreme Court race
Robyn Brody’s campaign for the Idaho Supreme Court disputes a finding by the Idaho Secretary of Statethat four donations, totaling $27,000, received from four farm-related businesses exceeded the state Sunshine …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 10:13 A.M.
Idaho state rep sends campaign letter on what appears to be official letterhead
Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham has sent out a campaign letter on a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, raising questions about use of official letterhead in …
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho investigating possible campaign finance violations
Chief Deputy Idaho Secretary of State Tim Hurst says the Secretary of State’s office will be looking into an apparent attempt to evade campaign finance limits by Idaho Falls businessman …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 2:03 P.M.
Coeur d’Alene legislator faces challenger who hopes to defund Idaho budget of federal money
As he seeks a third term in the Legislature, Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, faces a challenge from a local real estate attorney who’s gone on the attack – criticizing …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 3:59 P.M.
Primary is only contest in matchup between Cheatham, Riggs for Idaho’s District 3
First-term state representative and area newcomer Don Cheatham says he was motivated to become an Idaho legislator to “give back” after a career in law enforcement in southern California and …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5:44 P.M.
Conservative North Idaho legislator faces challenge from the right
In one of Idaho’s most conservative legislative districts, the seat formerly held by tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart has been going through some political evolution.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho GOP hopes for very different state convention this time
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates struck an optimistic tone as he announced the state party convention, which is set for June 2-4 at the Idaho Center in Nampa. “This …
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Four vie for rare open seat on Idaho’s highest court
The top race on the Idaho ballot on May 17 isn’t in either the Republican or Democratic primary – it’s the nonpartisan race for an open seat on the Idaho …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 10:22 A.M.
Gutierrez runs for justice on court-access platform
When newly appointed Idaho Judge Sergio Gutierrez traveled from Canyon County to Weiser for his first first-degree murder trial in 1993, he was surprised by what he found there. The …
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Top Idaho officials disagree on ballot measure to amend state constitution
Idaho’s top state elected officials got into something of a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers have approved this year for the November ballot, during last week’s state Land …
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, 12:38 P.M.
Initiative proposes sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws
Sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws are being proposed in a voter initiative, from strict restrictions on campaign contributions from those holding or seeking big state contracts, to banning …
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: First candidate forum for Supreme Court race takes place Tuesday
The first candidate forum for the four rivals facing off to be Idaho’s next Supreme Court justice initially was announced as a face-off between just three of the four, but …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 9:36 A.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo could chair Senate Banking next year if GOP holds majority – but that’s a big ‘if’
If Republicans maintain control of the Senate next year, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo could become chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, a panel with broad jurisdiction over the nation’s financial …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Did Jim Risch endorse Ted Cruz or not?
When Idaho Sen. Jim Risch made one of his frequent appearances last week on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, he kind of endorsed Ted Cruz for president – …
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 2:37 P.M.
Obama names new Idaho judge, David Nye
Idaho finally has a new federal district judge nominee, with the announcement today from the White House that Idaho 6th District Judge David Nye will be submitted to the Senate …
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016, 2:05 P.M.
Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016, 4 A.M.
Idaho legislature addressed some longstanding issues but didn’t close the health care gap
Idaho lawmakers addressed an array of long-festering issues in the legislative session they wrapped up Friday, from a constitutionally deficient public defense system to firefighters’ job-related cancer risk to suicide …
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers ante up for arts, after first killing budget
BOISE – After the Idaho House earlier had earlier rejected the budget for the Idaho Commission on the Arts in an unrelated dispute, it voted 51-17 on Thursday in favor …
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016, 1:31 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers adjourn without addressing health care coverage gap
The Idaho House shot down a health care bill on a party-line vote Friday and adjourned, leaving the state’s health care coverage gap unaddressed for another year.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016, 5:33 P.M.
Health coverage gap dominates final days of Idaho legislative session
There were dramatic developments in the Idaho Legislature on what had been scheduled to be the session’s last day Thursday, as a Senate panel rejected a House bill to spend …
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2016, 3:46 P.M.
Idaho Reports: The session ahead, in the election’s wake…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television features a look at immigration in Idaho and where it stands after the election; the path forward for Idaho Democrats after election losses; …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 3:52 P.M.
Idaho’s four Trump electors report ‘barrage’ of harassing messages, urging them to change votes
Idaho’s four presidential electors have been getting harassing phone calls, emails and Facebook messages urging them to become “faithless electors” and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 10:22 A.M.
Secretary of State reflects on Election Day spent as poll worker
Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he has a new appreciation for county clerks and election staff after spending two days as a poll worker in northern Idaho. “There was …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 8:20 A.M.
Departing Sen. Schmidt: ‘There was a lot more I wanted to do’
When Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, took the lead on crafting the state’s complex Health and Welfare budgets four years ago, there was a “very steep learning curve,” the longtime physician …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
Lawmakers get another dose of good state budget news
Legislators received another dose of good budget news this week. The state is on target to end the 2016-17 budget year with a $132.5 million surplus – well ahead of …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
The week that was…
On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz examine the news of the week – election results and fallout. On the pundits panel, I …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 10:36 A.M.
Washington ‘abuzz’ over possible Trump cabinet choices, one could give Risch a shot at chairing Foreign Relations
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch could get a shot at chairing the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee, the Idaho Statesman reports today, if speculation about a new President Trump choosing current the …
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2016, 8:14 A.M.
Rep. Jordan: ‘A message of hope’
Not only is Paulette Jordan now the only Democrat in the Idaho Legislature from north of Boise, she’s also the only Native American member. A longtime Democratic activist and former …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 5:49 P.M.
Crapo: ‘Last night, voters sent a message’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued this statement on the election results: “I express my sincere thanks to the people of Idaho for their trust in re-electing me to represent their …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 5:46 P.M.
Marley: ‘We are saddened but we are not disheartened’
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Bert Marley issued this statement on the election results: “The Idaho Democratic Party would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of Idahoans who supported our …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 5:41 P.M.
Yates: ‘Today, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Republican’
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates issued this statement on the election results: “I would first like to take a moment and congratulate President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 5:34 P.M.
Otter ‘bullish’ on a Trump Administration
Running on little sleep after a trade mission to China followed by Tuesday’s election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was buoyant Wednesday about a Donald Trump presidency, the state’s lively economy …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 1:57 P.M.
Labrador on Trump win: ‘We must seize the moment’
Idaho GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador issued this statement today: “I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump for his historic victory that brings Americans the new leadership they’ve long demanded. This election was …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 11:55 A.M.
Rep. Rusche reflects on loss, path forward for Idaho Democrats…
House Minority Leader John Rusche, who’s held that position for the past eight years and served two years before that as House Democratic caucus chair, lost his seat yesterday to …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
Election leaves Idaho Legislature with just one Democrat from north of Boise
If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent. …
MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016, 12:42 P.M.
Of ‘citizens’ groups, Pocatello politics and high court role models…
When “Citizens for HJR 5” are a batch of elected officials and lobbying groups; Pocatello politics include duplicate names and a candidate in a hazmat suit; and we learn the …
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 5:37 P.M.
Former Gov. Phil Batt endorses Robyn Brody; House Speaker Bedke endorses Curt McKenzie
Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt today announced that he’s endorsing Robyn Brody for the Idaho Supreme Court. “Like other Idaho voters, I’ve been doing my research on the Supreme Court …
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 3:57 P.M.
Independent campaign expenditures in Idaho races top $330K- so far…
It’s not just the candidates who are campaigning frantically as Election Day approaches on Tuesday. Since Oct. 19, nine groups have made a total of $330,077 in independent expenditures on …
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 2:24 P.M.
Tonight’s ‘Idaho Reports’ - The 2nd CD race, and the week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television will feature the 2nd District congressional race, in which nine-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson faces a low-key challenge from Democrat Jennifer Martinez, who …
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 1:11 P.M.
S-R Election Center offers guide to Idaho candidates, races
Have questions about the upcoming elections in Idaho, including North Idaho races? Check out our S-R Election Center Idaho voter guide, online here. You’ll find a rundown of races and …