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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Simpson wins 11th term in House; Fulcher wins 1st District

BOISE – Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. And the GOP’s Russ Fulcher has won Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Idaho voters have approved the expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Republican Brad Little wins Idaho governor’s race

Longtime Republican lawmaker Brad Little defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan on Tuesday to become Idaho’s next governor.


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

Russ Fulcher, Cristina McNeil talk Medicaid, immigration and climate in congressional debate

Environmental regulations, health care and immigration marked a few of the sharp divides to surface in a debate Monday night between the two candidates vying to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional …


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 …


Incumbent Lawrence Wasden faces accidental candidate Bruce Bistline in Idaho AG race

Boise attorney and Democrat Bruce Bistline filed to run against GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden four years ago just in case Wasden lost the primary, then didn’t actively campaign …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Candidate’s security team seen as unusual for Idaho politics

The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor brought several security guards with her to a televised debate – an unusual step in a state where even elected officials often eschew security …


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Idaho Prop 1 backers claim it boosts horse racing, but opponents say it mostly benefits private owners

Proponents of Proposition 1 in Idaho claim the initiative will revitalize the horse racing industry in the Gem State and support public schools. But opponents argue it mostly will authorize …


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 …


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 …