Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., May 15, 2016, 4 a.m.
Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right
In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Sun., May 1, 2016, midnight
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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 – …
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Two tax cut bills introduced, transportation ‘surplus eliminator’ bill in the works…
Here’s the full AP story on the two tax cut bills introduced this morning in House Rev & Tax: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers ushered in …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announces she’ll step down on Feb. 25
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson will step down on Feb. 25, according to Idaho Reports. She’s served as Idaho’s U.S. attorney for the past six years, and has worked for almost …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Senators wrap up District 29 election contest, award costs, fees to Nye from challenger
The Senate engaged in fairly lengthy and detailed debate and questions and answers today before voting unanimously to accept back from its State Affairs Committee the contents of a sealed …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
New NIC President MacLennan makes first budget pitch to lawmakers
North Idaho College President Richard MacLennan made his first budget pitch to state lawmakers on Monday, telling them NIC “stands proudly as the oldest community college in Idaho” and touting …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Senate panel awards $19K+ in fees, costs to Nye from failed election challenger
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously this morning to award $18,060 in attorney fees and $1,711.84 in costs to Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, at the expense of his unsuccessful …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
The week that was…
This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a rundown of the events of the week; co-host Melissa Davlin’s one-on-one interview with House Speaker Scott Bedke about the recent …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Risch: ‘A privilege to be a part of today’s ceremonies’
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch had this statement in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration today: “Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump on becoming our 45th President of the United States. …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
Labrador: ‘I’m excited. Let’s get to work’
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador’s statement in response to Trump’s inaugural address is just six words. Here it is, in full: “I’m excited. Let’s get to work.”
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Crapo: ‘A policy agenda that delivers opportunities for our nation’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued this statement in response to Donald Trump’s inaugural address today: “Today, we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 11:02 a.m.
Senate unanimously rejects contest of District 29 election results
The Idaho Senate has voted unanimously to reject a contest of the November election results from Tom Katsilometes, a Pocatello Republican who lost in November to new Sen. Mark Nye, …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Arts Commission thanks lawmakers for donations to its small budget
After last year’s Idaho Commission on the Arts budget was unexpectedly defeated on the floor of the House in an unrelated squabble between House Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers drafted a …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
Senate panel rejects election challenge; link to full story
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how an Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
AP review confirms that Otter has overseen $1B in tax cuts since he’s been in office
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Five GOP House members want committee assignments stripped to back Scott, but are unlikely to get wish…
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how five GOP state representatives members stood on the floor of the Idaho House this morning and asked to be …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Five GOP reps say they want to give up their committees, too, if Scott doesn’t get hers back
Five House members stood on the House floor this morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers back. “I’m deeply concerned …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
Senate panel unanimously rejects contest of election, declares Nye duly elected
The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously to uphold the results of the November election in District 29, and declare Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, the duly elected senator, rejecting …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Confusion during District 29 recount was cleared up when resolution ballots included; result matched election outcome
Under questioning from Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst, who was present at the recount of ballots in District 29, said, “There was some …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Ruchti: ‘Sen. Nye did not do what he is accused of doing’
“The basic allegations against my client are wrong,” James Ruchti, attorney for Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, told the Senate State Affairs Committee as it considered Nye’s election opponent’s contest of …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Ruchti: People would be ‘extremely alarmed’ if Senate undoes election result
James Ruchti, a former Democratic state representative and the attorney today representing Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, in his GOP opponent’s challenge of the Senate election results, told the Senate State …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
Davis questions Katsilometes’ attorney; listen live…
Though no cross-examination was planned as part of today’s Senate committee hearing on the challenge of the District 29 election, Sen. Bart Davis’ close questioning of Kahle Becker, attorney for …