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  • Foes warn against reviving Idaho school reform laws

    Leaders of the campaign to defeat Idaho’s controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws are warning against bringing back pieces of the voter-rejected laws in Idaho’s upcoming legislative session, though …


  • Otter wants health insurance market state-run

    BOISE – Idaho will opt for a state-based health insurance exchange, Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday, although legislators still need to weigh in on that proposal when they convene in …


  • Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

    BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


  • Eye on Boise: Advocacy group calls for expanding Idaho Medicaid

    BOISE – The Idaho Community Action Network, a statewide nonprofit advocacy group with more than 2,000 members, issued a report last week calling strongly for Idaho to expand its Medicaid …


  • Idaho panel votes unanimously for Medicaid expansion

    BOISE – Idaho should expand its Medicaid program to cover the working poor in order to “do something right” and to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, a …


  • Idaho panel unanimously favors Medicaid expansion

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s 15-member working group unanimously recommended today that the state expand its Medicaid program to cover the working poor, in order to both “do something right” and …


  • Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

    BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. …


  • Idaho school reform foes call for new start

    After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …


  • Idaho voters push back on school reform issues

    BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. …


  • Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

    BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …


  • Otter appears in pro-reform ad

    BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …


  • Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

    The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message.


  • Idaho health insurance panel favors state-based exchange

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange working group has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state-based health insurance exchange, calling for a private nonprofit group set up …


  • Woolf named Idaho controller

    BOISE – A 40-year-old who started working in the office 15 years ago as an intern was named Idaho’s 21st state controller Monday. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter named acting state …


  • Idaho to start selling $10 annual parks pass

    Idaho’s new $10 annual “Passport” to all 30 of its state parks and recreation areas will go on sale Monday, three months earlier than planned. The new Passport replaces the …


  • GOP leaders wary of Idaho getting help on indigent care costs

    Every Tuesday morning at 9, they file in, some crying, some defiant – all with big medical bills they can’t pay, pleading with Kootenai County commissioners for help. “It’s at …


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho near middle in government units

    BOISE – A new set of data from the Census Bureau shows it’s not necessarily true that every bump on every log in Idaho is incorporated, nor that because Idahoans …


  • Firefighter’s death raises safety issues

    BOISE – The death of an Idaho firefighter has spurred safety questions among top state officials about battling wildfires. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted concerns about communications and coordination by …


  • Idaho declares statewide fire disaster, mobilizes Guard

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statewide disaster declaration due to wildfires, allowing Idaho National Guard troops to be mobilized to help fight fires burning across the state.


  • Idaho late on insurance exchange

    BOISE – It may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines, state Insurance Director Bill Deal told …


  • Eye on Boise: Lawmakers bill state for conference costs

    BOISE – Five Idaho lawmakers attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual conference in Salt Lake City last week, but only two – Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and outgoing …


  • Eye on Boise: Fighting wrongful firing lawsuit costly for Idaho

    BOISE – Idaho’s legal bill for fighting the wrongful firing lawsuit from former Transportation Director Pam Lowe: $540,479 and counting. Information obtained under the Idaho Public Records Law shows that’s …


  • Branch catches Idaho Gov. Otter’s eye

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is sporting a shiner after a tree limb he was cutting over the weekend snapped back and hit him in the face. “With those …


  • Wind storm repairs give Idaho guv black eye

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is sporting a shiner, after a tree limb he was cutting over the weekend snapped back and hit him in the face.


  • Idaho settles lawsuit by ex-transportation chief Lowe

    BOISE – The state of Idaho has settled a lawsuit filed by former Transportation Director Pam Lowe, who charged she was illegally fired for standing up to political pressure and …


  • Eye on Boise: Places marked in leadership races

    BOISE – When current Idaho House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, leaves the House to become a state tax commissioner on Monday, he’ll leave behind what’s shaping up to …


  • Eye on Boise: Labrador urges governor not to implement exchanges

    BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has joined U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a group of other national lawmakers in signing a letter urging …


  • Idaho governor’s mansion unused but still costly

    BOISE – For more than three decades, Idaho has struggled with the issue of a governor’s mansion, ever since then-Gov. Cecil Andrus refused to live in the deteriorating Boise home …


  • Eye on Boise: Use care when invoking Founding Fathers

    BOISE – Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador reacted to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform by saying the nation’s Founding Fathers would be “appalled.” He wasn’t the …


  • Eye on Boise: Otter backs state’s flip-flop on sale of Five Wives vodka

    BOISE – As the brouhaha dies down over Idaho’s initial rejection, then change of heart on allowing Five Wives vodka to be sold in the state – despite concerns that …


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