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Eye on Boise: Otter touts Idaho’s upgrade by S&P

BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter took to the national airwaves last week to tout Idaho’s budget management as a “model for what the nation ought to do,” from Medicaid cuts …


Eye on Boise: Senator apologizes, evades being deposed

Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last week for a recent drunken driving conviction but succeeded in heading …


Eye on Boise: New tax official breaking old ties

BOISE – Idaho’s newest tax commissioner, longtime certified public accountant and prominent Republican Rich Jackson, says he’s going above and beyond legal requirements to step away from professional and political …


Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel applauds public input

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has now held 10 public hearings around the state, including four in North Idaho last week, and members say it’s going well – …


Eye on Boise: Simpson relishes sticking fork in rule curbing potatoes

Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel hears border tales

BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho representation on redistricting panel down

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is gearing up to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, and this time around there’ll be just one North Idaho member: businesswoman …


Eye on Boise: Six receive state Medal of Honor

It was an evening last June when an EMS crew from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a scene where a vehicle had crashed into a home. Firefighters …


Eye on Boise: Luna aide says reform plan isn’t bringing new staffers

BOISE – Although rumors are rife that the Idaho State Department of Education has added highly paid staffers to implement the new Students Come First school reform plan, Luci Willits, …


Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


Eye on Boise: Deadline’s today to remove studded tires

BOISE – It may seem like it’s been awfully wintry lately, but the Idaho Transportation Department is sticking to the calendar – studded snow tires must be removed in Idaho …


Eye on Boise: Otter says closed primary an imperfect compromise

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law historic changes in Idaho’s election system, requiring, for the first time, that all Idahoans declare their party affiliation to vote in …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers’ deeds are done, so it’s time for some poetic fun

BOISE – As Idaho’s legislative session lumbered into its final week and April Fools’ Day arrived and went, I was pushed, as they say, from bad to verse. So here’s …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers fail again on texting ban

BOISE – For a third year in a row, the Idaho Legislature has been unable to agree on a new law to ban texting while driving. The only bill considered …


Eye on Boise: Reform bill has good news for virtual charter schools

BOISE – Among the little-noticed provisions of the complex, sweeping school reform bill that’s rocketing through the Idaho Legislature is one that would double-fund virtual charter schools for their existing …


Eye on Boise: Move afoot to rein in specialty license plates

BOISE – New Idaho Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, thinks the state issues specialty license plates for too many themes and causes, so he’s proposing legislation to limit …


Eye on Boise: Not enough mettle to change currency

BOISE – A proposal from two lawmakers and a group of North Idaho residents to go back to gold and silver currency failed to get introduced in a House committee …


Eye on Boise: Resolutions abound at GOP meeting

BOISE – When Idaho’s Republican State Central Committee gathered for its recent winter meeting, it faced 37 proposed resolutions, including one supporting tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, in his ethics …


Eye on Boise: ‘Conscience law’ living will tweak stalls

BOISE – Legislation to amend the “conscience law” Idaho passed last year to make sure it doesn’t authorize violations of living wills may die without a hearing. House State Affairs …


North Idaho presence on JFAC drops by two

BOISE – Now that embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has been removed from the House tax committee for the next two years, where did he land? House Speaker Lawerence Denney …


Eye on Boise: Geddes move sparks race for Senate leadership

BOISE – The race is on for the Idaho Senate’s top leadership post, now that Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, has decided not to seek another term as …


Eye on Boise: Campaigning begins for leadership elections

BOISE – Now that the election is over, for state lawmakers, the elections are coming. That would be the leadership elections, set for early December when the state Legislature gathers …


Eye on Boise: Complicated or not, Idaho backs amendments

BOISE – Here’s why it’s not surprising that all four constitutional amendments on this year’s Idaho ballot passed, and passed fairly easily: That’s our history. All 11 previous constitutional amendments …


Eye on Boise: Large voter turnout predicted at Idaho polls

BOISE – It’s election time – grab your ID and head to the polls on Tuesday. This is the first general election at which Idaho’s new requirement for voters to …


Eye on Boise: Spirited debate in race for Secretary of State

BOISE – They may be lower-profile state offices, but there were lively debates last week in the races for Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa …


‘Idaho Debates’ this week: Senate, congressional race

BOISE – This week will bring the big debates in the races for Idaho’s U.S. Senate and 1st District congressional seats, with incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressman Walt Minnick …


Eye on Boise: Pastor says area needs independent thinker

In this election year, politics are heating up all over the state; in North Idaho, they’ve drawn a longtime local church pastor into the fray, and now he’s campaigning for …


Eye on Boise: Big debates coming in top political races

BOISE – It’s debate season, with major debates set in the coming weeks in Idaho’s top political races, giving voters who tune in a chance to see and compare the …


Eye on Boise: Constitutional amendment would allow tuition at UI

BOISE – A little-noticed item on this year’s general election ballot, SJR 101, would amend the Idaho Constitution to permit tuition to be charged at the University of Idaho. The …