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  • Idaho lawmakers to receive formal ethics training

    BOISE – After a string of ethical lapses and questions about Idaho lawmakers’ conduct, new lawmakers will face something unprecedented when they arrive in Boise for their organizational session next …


  • Ethics training planned for Idaho lawmakers

    After a string of ethical lapses and questions about Idaho lawmakers’ conduct that’s only been increasing in recent years, new lawmakers will face something unprecedented when they arrive in Boise …


  • Ideas aplenty for future of empty, costly Idaho mansion

    BOISE – Idaho could turn its unoccupied, hilltop governor’s mansion into the “Governor’s Hill” winery, one citizen suggests, remaking the grassy hillsides into terraced vineyards and the house into a …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Ex-Idaho Sen. McGee jailed for harassing staffer

    BOISE – A judge sent former Idaho Sen. John McGee straight to jail Tuesday, revoking his withheld judgment for a 2011 DUI conviction and imposing another six-month jail term for …


  • Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

    BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new …


  • 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 …


  • Idaho may be too 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: 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 …


  • Idaho must scramble to catch up

    BOISE – Idaho leaders were stunned by Thursday’s ruling upholding the federal health care reform law, and they face big decisions on how to respond. State lawmakers this year refused …


  • Panel proposes lawmaker pay bump

    BOISE – Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday. The same committee also tightened rules about compensation for a lawmaker’s second …


  • Idaho lawmakers slated for 2% raise

    Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday, while also tightening up rules about compensation for a lawmaker’s second residence near the …


  • Idaho senator repays state for letter to GOP voters

    Campaign finance reports show that Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, has reimbursed the Senate for the cost of an end-of-session letter she sent out to Republican voters that touted …


  • Republican newcomers vying for CdA seat

    With fourth-term Republican Rep. Marge Chadderdon of Coeur d’Alene stepping down, the only contested race in the primary for Idaho’s legislative District 4 this year is between the two young …


  • Idaho’s District 3 drawing challenges in GOP

    For the last two elections, one North Idaho legislative district saw few contested races, as popular incumbents were repeatedly re-elected. This year is different, with fourth-term Republican Rep. Frank Henderson …


  • Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill may be dead

    In a tumultuous day at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday, anti-abortion activists staged a live ultrasound demonstration in a Capitol hearing room, sign-waving protesters gathered outside and a hearing on …


  • Idaho House passes felony animal torture bill

    BOISE — The state House passed a bill today that would put felony animal abuse laws on the books in Idaho for the first time and would take the steam …


  • Pre-abortion ultrasound bill draws big crowd

    Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, opened the hearing on his pre-abortion ultrasound bill in committee this morning, telling the Senate State Affairs Committee, “As you know there’s been …


  • Field reports: Colville withdraws OHV travel plan

    PUBLIC LANDS – Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has withdrawn the South End Motor Vehicle Project enacted in November after years of planning to guide off-highway vehicle use. …


  • Idaho looks at changing state concussion law

    Athletics coaches and officials would be required to remove players from games who show signs of a concussion, according to a measure aimed at boosting protections for young athletes who …


  • Idaho grocers seek to ease food stamp rush

    BOISE – Idaho’s grocery stores are putting up $100,000 of their own money and asking state lawmakers to change back to multiday distribution of food stamps each month, saying the …


  • Federal judge rejects Idaho anti-union laws

    BOISE – A federal judge has invalidated two anti-union laws pushed through by Idaho GOP lawmakers last session, saying they violate federal law.


  • Idaho lawmakers asked to make 2012 session dry

    An anti-alcohol crusader has asked all 105 Idaho legislators to swear off alcohol during the 2012 legislative session.


  • Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

    BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


  • ITD to hold off a year on trucker texting ban

    BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department had been working on legislation to propose in January to ban texting by commercial truck drivers, to comply with a recently enacted federal rule, …


  • Idaho health plan set for comment

    Members of the public will have an opportunity next week to voice their opinions about Idaho’s plan to set up a health insurance exchange, the federally mandated marketplace designed to …


  • Libraries set to adjust to new Internet filtering law

    BOISE – On the lower level of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 11 computers sit in a circle for use by kids, with Internet filters blocking access to inappropriate material. …


  • Feds move to foreclose on Hart’s home

    BOISE – Federal authorities moved Friday to foreclose on the Athol, Idaho, home of tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart for years of unpaid federal income taxes, interest and penalties. The …


  • Idaho welcomes good news for budget

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are facing something they haven’t seen in years: A “manageable” budget. When they convene in January, they’ll likely be able to balance next year’s state budget …

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