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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 …


Eye on Boise: Behind the numbers, what the polls tell us about Idaho’s race for governor

Two major statewide polls in the Idaho governor’s race provide some interesting insights into where the race stands, but they may not be the same conclusions drawn by the group …


Eye on Boise: Heart-warming ad misleads in initiative campaign

A new campaign commercial airing statewide urges Idaho voters to back Proposition 1 on the November ballot. But the commercial never says what the ballot measure would do: Reauthorize betting …


Eye on Boise: GOP candidate says his anti-Muslim post was ‘cagefighter staged hysteria’

A GOP legislative candidate in Boise is insisting he’s no racist after he deleted a Facebook post that used an anti-Muslim slur.


Eye on Boise: More Russia hearings coming

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced last week that their committees will …


Eye on Boise: Questions prompted flurry of amendments to Ybarra’s campaign reports

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s latest campaign finance reports raise some questions, all revolving around a $2,400 payment she made from her campaign to herself eight days after the May …


Eye on Boise: Supreme Court ruling on internet sales taxes likely to hit home in Idaho

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling last week in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, it opened the door to states requiring internet sellers to collect …


Eye on Boise: Idaho agrees to pay transgender women’s attorney fees

Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved a $75,000 payout to the attorneys who successfully represented two transgender women born in Idaho who sued to overturn the state’s law forbidding …


Eye on Boise: Smear flier targets GOP lieutenant governor hopeful

A campaign flier that landed in Idaho voters’ mailboxes late last week attacks GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Steve Yates, claiming that the former Idaho Republican Party chairman is “a highly …


Push to legitimize Idaho pot is up in smoke…again

Once again, efforts to make medical marijuana legal in Idaho have collapsed.


Bid to vote on betting machines at tracks sparks dispute

Backers of a ballot initiative seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho said Wednesday that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has hired operatives to deter and intimidate voters from signing …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Sen. Crapo’s bipartisan financial regulation overhaul headed for vote in full Senate

A vote is expected next week on a sweeping bill crafted by Sen. Mike Crapo, legislation that would overhaul financial regulations created after the 2008 financial crisis.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Two days after DUI arrest, CdA deputy administrator resigns

City of Coeur d’Alene deputy administrator Sam Taylor resigned Wednesday, two days after he was booked into Kootenai County jail on suspicion of DUI.


Shawn Vestal: Cheers for tax cuts overlooked downstream effects

The chairman of Idaho’s tax-collection agency, Ken Roberts, addressed lawmakers in Boise last week, reporting his analysis of the effect that the new federal tax-cut package. His conclusion: Idahoans could …


Nine ‘liberty legislators’ hold their own legislative preview

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, held a legislative preview in Meridian on Thursday evening that promised to reveal “what conservatives want for the upcoming session.”


2 Idahoans appointed to USDA

President Donald Trump has appointed two Idahoans to serve in state director positions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Otter urges end to sexual harassment amid lawsuits

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter said Friday they are working to bring awareness to stop sexual assault and harassment and are encouraging Idahoans to step up their …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Major changes eyed in Idaho public school funding plan

An interim legislative committee is considering major changes to Idaho’s 23-year-old public school funding formula, including a shift to a student-based model.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Former Idaho senator Fulcher switches races to try for Congress

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher announced Thursday he is dropping out of the 2018 gubernatorial race to run for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District seat.


Idaho adds more oversight to $2B in special districts

Idaho officials are praising a new system designed to add accountability and transparency involving the more than $2 billion that flows through hundreds of the state’s special districts, but they …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Gov. Otter urges caution amid growing flood threats in Boise area and throughout state

Gov. Butch Otter joined local, state and federal officials today to urge caution amid increasing risk of flooding across the state, including in the Boise River basin. “Most of our …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Labrador still coy on run for governor

Now that the critical first 100 days of the new Trump administration are nearly at an end, Congressman Raul Labrador says he’ll be turning his thoughts to Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial …


Boat inspection funding bill goes to Idaho governor’s desk

An emergency funding bill to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Idaho House flip-flops on bid to make endowment land info available online

BOISE – Two days after more than 2,000 public land advocates rallied at the Idaho Statehouse, House lawmakers killed a resolution that would have provided more information on the location …


Thousands rally at Idaho Capitol to keep public lands public

More than 2,000 people braved a chilly drizzle and rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to demand that public lands be kept in the hands of the federal government.


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 …


Auditors: Pharmacist’s $358K deal is excessive

Every time the pharmacist at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise hands out aspirin to a resident, he’s due $11.


Idaho tribes seek Cabinet post

BOISE – Idaho Indian leaders want Gov. Butch Otter to create a Cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations, including resolving law enforcement disputes that erupt because no agreements exist …