Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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UPDATED: SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2015, 11:51 P.M.
Idaho insurance exchange going strong, but ‘gap’ population still unaddressed
For more than 86,000 Idahoans, health care reform has meant new, affordable options for health coverage, with an average premium, after federal subsidies, of just $65 a month.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2015, 11:54 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Otter wants ‘instant racing’ back, but with restrictions
Eye on Boise column for Sunday
UPDATED: SATURDAY, OCT. 24, 2015, 10:02 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus
Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus
UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2015
Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene newcomer misfires in challenge to incumbent Edinger
Toby Schindelbeck, a relatively recent California transplant, should fire the advisers helping him run his campaign for the Coeur d’Alene City Council. First, he angered some residents in a debate …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2015
Luke Malek navigates Republican politics, Kootenai County-style
A popular, well-respected second-term North Idaho lawmaker barely squeaked through the GOP primary against an unknown newcomer. But that’s how politics work these days in heavily GOP but still much-divided …
UPDATED: SATURDAY, OCT. 3, 2015, 11:40 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Counties back closing coverage gap
Eye on Boise column for Sunday: Counties back closing coverage gap
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015
Idaho weighs private leases of public land
BOISE – State officials are debating if they should allow groups to lease public land in a way that could prevent public access. A half-dozen times over the years, the …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015
Eye on Boise: GOP decides national delegate process
When the Idaho Republican Party holds its presidential primary election on March 8, it’ll determine how the state’s 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention are apportioned, and it’s not …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015
Idaho boards, commissions lack women, study says
BOISE – Idaho’s state-appointed boards and commissions are mostly populated by men, new research by two Boise State University professors has found. The 30 percent of appointees who are women …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015
Idaho anti-union law invalid, 9th Circuit Court rules
A federal appellate court has upheld an earlier ruling that an anti-union law passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011 was invalid. The law, which never took effect, banned “job …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2015
Idaho Supreme Court rejects Otter veto; ‘instant racing’ machines banned
Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines operating at three Idaho locations – including the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls – are illegal, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Lawmakers …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2015
Eye on Boise: Group sues over Boise schools’ contract with teachers union
Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, announced Thursday that his group has filed a lawsuit against the Boise School District, raising constitutional questions about the district’s contract with …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015
Initiative would raise cigarette tax to aid Idaho colleges
BOISE - A group launched by former college friends is pitching a 2016 ballot initiative to raise Idaho’s cigarette tax by $1.50 a pack, and use the money to lower …
SUNDAY, AUG. 30, 2015
Eye on Boise: Idaho board looks to rule out outlandish park names
After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative …
SUNDAY, AUG. 16, 2015
Eye on Boise: Crapo holding town-hall meetings across Idaho
BOISE – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is in the midst of an unprecedented series of town-hall meetings across Idaho, hitting towns large and small, talking about the national debt and …
THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2015
Western senators push bill to fix how forest firefighting is funded
BOISE – With wildfires raging along with the costs to fight them, a group of Western senators on Wednesday touted a solution for paying firefighting bills. The U.S. Forest Service …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015
Idaho Supreme Court weighs veto of instant racing bill
BOISE – Idaho Supreme Court justices appeared unconvinced Tuesday by arguments that they should stay out of a dispute over a botched veto of a gambling bill. At issue is …
SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2015
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo raises record re-election funds
BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is flush with campaign cash as he seeks a fourth six-year term, with more than $4.2 million in the bank and a record fundraising …
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
Ex-Idaho Rep. Phil Hart settles federal tax dispute
BOISE – Former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has settled his long-running tax dispute with the IRS, agreeing to let the feds auction off his Athol home for unpaid back …
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
Eye on Boise: Idaho putting no limits on fishing in warm waters
Unlike neighboring states, Idaho’s not planning any fishing restrictions or closures due to warm water, according to state Fish and Game officials. “In many streams, what we’re seeing this year …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016, 1:08 P.M.
AdWatch: Crapo, Sturgill both launch new campaign ads this week
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. …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016, 9:23 A.M.
Idaho delegation splits on stopgap funding bill that avoids government shutdown with 2 days to spare
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle yesterday as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown by just …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016, 2:07 P.M.
Crapo, Sturgill both air new campaign ads as Idahoans tune in for presidential debate
Both Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, debuted new TV campaign commercials last night as millions of Americans tuned in to watch the first presidential …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 9:20 P.M.
Differing takes on presidential debate from Idaho, Washington leaders…
Idaho and Washington congressional and party leaders split right down party lines in their impressions of Monday’s much-watched first presidential debate. Here’s what some of them had to say afterward: …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 4:07 P.M.
Interest high as tonight’s first presidential debate approaches…
The Idaho Republican Party, which is hosting four debate-watch parties around the state tonight for the first face-off between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is reporting unprecedented interest. …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 5:06 A.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo quietly builds record, moves past DUI
In nearly a quarter-century in D.C., Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has quietly built a reputation as a diligent, hard-working conservative who plays by the rules, quickly rises to leadership positions …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 5:05 A.M.
Crapo’s Democratic challenger counts on math, ‘moral analysis’
Jerry Sturgill says it was the math that got him into the race against longtime Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, because he believes the numbers show that even as a …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 5:04 A.M.
Challenger faults Rep. Labrador’s 2014 vote against military budget
In my Sunday column, I examine Democratic challenger James Piotrowski’s criticism of Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador for his 2014 vote against the military budget; Piotrowski’s successful legal fight on …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a wrapup of the events of the week, from Fish & Game’s license vendor data-security problems to concerns about funding for the Secure Rural Schools program; …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016, 12:34 P.M.
Donald Trump Jr. defends his Skittles tweet in Boise campaign stop
Donald Trump Jr. flew into Boise today for a fundraiser for his father’s presidential campaign, and also defended his controversial Twitter post comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, blaming the …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016, 10:26 A.M.
Piotrowski profiled, discusses challenge to Labrador; Labrador defends vote against military budget in ‘14
James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, was profiled in the Idaho Statesman yesterday, and featured in the “Citizen” feature of the Boise Weekly today. Both …
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016, 10:43 A.M.
The politics of pain: Opioid drug makers, proponents big givers in Idaho politics
A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity has found that opioid proponents are a major part of Idaho’s political landscape, with donations from members …
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016, 6 A.M.
Crapo’s opponent says D.C. has changed him for the worse; full Sun. column
Idaho GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, is criticizing Crapo over his 2013 DUI conviction, saying it shows that Washington has changed him. Both men are observant …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016, 3:53 P.M.
AdWatch: Crapo’s federal-debt ad is first of campaign season in Idaho
“This is Idaho,” proclaims Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s new political campaign commercial, as it touts his advocacy for balancing the federal budget and reining in the national debt. The ad …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016, 11:06 A.M.
Idaho Supreme Court debate set to air on statewide TV Oct. 28
Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho will host a debate between Robyn Brody and Curt McKenzie, candidates for the Idaho Supreme …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016, 10:57 A.M.
Spence: ‘Congress takes lead in not trying any more’
Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence’s column this week, headlined “Congress takes lead in not trying any more,” manages to tie together Sen. Mike Crapo’s current contest for Idaho schoolkids to …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2016, 3 P.M.
Labrador: Delay congressional recess to hold impeachment hearings on IRS official
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador lashed out at House GOP leaders Tuesday, saying they should hold impeachment hearings on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, even if it means putting off the fall …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2016, 2:35 P.M.
Former GOP House speaker endorses current Senate minority leader for re-election
With every seat in the Legislature up for election this year, it’s that time of year when letters to the editor begin appearing in newspapers around the state endorsing candidates. …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2016, 1:20 P.M.
RNC co-chair in Boise: ‘This is like Republican heaven’
Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, is in Boise today to speak at this afternoon’s Ada County Republican Roundup at Gov. Butch Otter’s ranch, a longstanding annual party …
MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016, 1:02 P.M.
Poll shows GOP incumbents with big leads in congressional races, but most voters still undecided in SupCourt race
Idaho’s GOP congressional incumbents have double-digit leads over their Democratic challengers, according to an Idaho Politics Weekly poll released today, but most Idahoans still haven’t decided between either of the …