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Eye on Boise: North Idaho lawmaker continues pushing federal appeal to have guns

An Idaho state representative who is under federal indictment in Texas is continuing to press his appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of a court order that he …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers gear up to dive into future Medicaid expansion funding, impacts

A legislative interim committee has scheduled four meetings between now and November, with the first on June 17, to “evaluate the effectiveness of Medicaid eligibility expansion and its impact on …


Eye on Boise: All state agencies going through rules review ‘on steroids’

With 8,000-plus pages of administrative rules set to expire by July 1, state agencies are scrambling to go through all of their myriad rules and decide which ones should be …


Eye on Boise: Risch: Idaho’s growth is like ‘the dog that has caught the car’

Idaho’s economy is booming, Sen. Jim Risch said Friday, saying, “We’ve been extremely successful. I liken it to the dog that has caught the car.”


Eye on Boise: Little avoids letting bills become law without his signature

When the Legislature passes a bill, the governor has three options: sign it into law, veto it or let it become law without his signature. New Gov. Brad Little, in …


Eye on Boise: More limericks, and when sometimes we’re not amused…

As this year’s over-long legislative session nears its culmination, lawmakers tend to get a little punchy.


Eye on Boise: When times are tough, a rhyme’s enough…

As the legislative session winds down – or perhaps more accurately, cranks up to its final frenzy – I write limericks. Some are lighthearted; some, not so much.


Eye on Boise: New initiative could frustrate proposed new initiative law

When voters overturned the “Luna Laws” on school reform in 2012, it was the first time Idaho voters had taken such a step since 1936. But a similar move is …


Eye on Boise: Dueling polls ask different questions

Two competing, and very different, Idaho polls about Medicaid expansion were released last week, one from a Florida group, Opportunity Solutions Project, purporting to show strong support among Idahoans for …


Eye on Boise: ‘Pet-friendly’ license plate returns in bipartisan move

Eleven months ago, amid confusion and misunderstandings, the Idaho House unexpectedly killed popular legislation to create a “pet-friendly” special license plate to benefit low-cost spay and neutering services in rural …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Child Welfare Division undergoing ‘transformation’

Idaho’s Division of Child Welfare, which oversees child protection, foster care and adoptions, is responsible for one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – children who may have been abused …


Eye on Boise: School presidents get teaching moment with lawmakers

All of Idaho’s public college and university presidents got a chance to address the Legislature’s joint budget committee during last week’s education budget hearings, and some had lessons for the …


Eye on Boise: New school funding formula unveiled, lawmakers roll up sleeves

After three years of study, research, input and work, the Legislature’s interim committee that worked on a new approach to dividing Idaho’s school funding among schools across the state handed …


Eye on Boise: There’s a new Sen. Bayer, at least for now

With Sen. Cliff Bayer off to Washington, D.C., to be new Congressman Russ Fulcher’s chief of staff, Bayer’s mom, Regina Bayer, has been appointed to fill in as his temporary …


Eye on Boise: The keys to a friendly transition

After he’d conducted what he referred to as his last official act in the governor’s office on Thursday, I asked outgoing Gov. Butch Otter when he’d be turning over the …


Eye on Boise: Your W-4 is way off, and you need to fix it now

It’s very, very likely that the W-4 form on file with your employer is off – way off. And as a result, you could have to pay hundreds of dollars …


Eye on Boise: All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor’s race

The final numbers are in, and campaign fundraising and spending on two ballot measures this fall far exceeded the amounts spent by both leading candidates for governor.


Eye on Boise: Idaho has incarcerated 223 for statutory rape since 1972

Gov. Butch Otter’s recent pardon of a man who had been convicted of the statutory rape of his underage girlfriend when he was 18 raised an interesting question: How many …


Eye on Boise: Why the Ada recount will take a month or more

With recounts pending both for the College of Western Idaho levy, which failed by just 144 votes in Ada and Canyon counties combined, and the District 15 state Senate seat, …


Eye on Boise: When lawmakers convene, nearly a quarter will be new

When the Idaho Legislature convenes for its organizational session the first week of December, nearly a quarter of the 105-member Legislature will be new.


Eye on Boise: All told, the props drew the most cash

The remarkable sums of money that have been poured into two ballot initiatives in Idaho this year – and one of them in particular, on racetrack betting machines – eclipses …


Eye on Boise: Now they’re even in your phone – Idaho campaigns reach out by text

Pretty much everyone I know with an Idaho cellphone number, including me, received one or more texts in the past week from the campaign promoting Proposition 1, the initiative to …


Eye on Boise: Otter, reflecting on career: ‘Congress was the part I liked least’

The first time Idaho Gov. Butch Otter came to the Idaho state Capitol, he was a fourth-grader on a class field trip from St. Joe’s Catholic School just down the …


Eye on Boise: Of endorsements, education, and an event in a bar

Cindy Wilson, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent of schools, last week received the endorsement of former Republican Attorney General Jim Jones, who also is the former chief justice of …


Eye on Boise: Jordan calls for Utah-style prescriptive road law; Little opposes it

Paulette Jordan, the Democratic candidate for governor, is calling for Idaho to enact a law similar to a longstanding one in Utah that makes any road that’s been used by …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho Debates schedule unveiled

The Idaho Debates schedule has been announced, with six debates scheduled in October in Idaho’s top election contests.


Eye on Boise: Paulette Jordan campaign chief’s resignation: Was it over PAC, or on-job friction?

Paulette Jordan’s campaign released a photo Thursday of its then-campaign manager, Michael Rosenow, posing with Jordan’s opponent in the race for governor, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at a Little …


Eye on Boise: Fulcher: ‘We only have 2 bullets in the congressional gun’

While the relationship between Idaho’s two GOP congressmen has been famously prickly – in 2015, news surfaced that U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador hadn’t spoken in six months …


Eye on Boise: One Idaho congressional race may be tighter than the other

Poll numbers released last week shed an interesting light on Idaho’s two congressional races, suggesting one may be much closer than the other.


Eye on Boise: Ada County GOP chair defends cardboard cutout

Ryan Davidson, Ada County Republican Central Committee chairman, says he doesn’t understand all the fuss over the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton cardboard cutout he put up at the GOP booth at …