Stories tagged: Idaho politics
UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.
Close to 2,000 students rally against gun violence at Idaho Capitol
Close to 2,000 people gathered on the Idaho Capitol steps to rally against gun violence on Wednesday – most of them high school and junior high students.
UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 5:12 p.m.
Candidates flock to file for Idaho’s May primary election
Idaho’s May primary ballot will be a crowded one, with an array of contested races from governor and Congress to North Idaho legislative seats.
UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:37 p.m.
Two congressional hopefuls spar over drug sentencing laws in Idaho House committee
Two Idaho state representatives who are facing off in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat went head-to-head over drug sentencing laws this week, as the House Judiciary …
UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.
Dust-up over closed meeting on Idaho CBD oil bill prompts apology, political jabs
An Idaho Senate committee chairman apologized on Tuesday for violating Senate rules a day earlier by convening an impromptu – and likely illegal – closed meeting of his committee, over …
Sun., March 4, 2018, 4:30 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Legislator nudging Washington and North Idaho to switch time zones
If Sen. Steve Vick had his way, North Idaho would be on Mountain standard time year round – so it’d be in the same time zone as Boise in the …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 8:40 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Rep. Barbieri is only ‘no’ vote on funding of rape kits
The Idaho House has voted 67-1 in favor of legislation by Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, to make sure rape victims’ own health insurance isn’t charged for the cost of preparing …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 5:43 p.m.
Rep. Scott’s bill to limit repeat bond, levy elections gets derailed
Coeur d’Alene Rep. Paul Amador successfully blocked Rep. Heather Scott’s amendment to her own bill limiting bond and levy elections on Friday, offering his own instead, and the bill ended …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Otter welcomes debate over competing tax-cut bills
Two alternative tax-cut plans – competing with Gov. Butch Otter’s big income tax-cut proposal, which already has passed the House – were introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week, and …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 10:38 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers agree to hear new statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure bill
New statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all Idaho candidates and officeholders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 7:44 p.m.
Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move
Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho …
Sun., Feb. 11, 2018
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers say they want to ease state licensing rules
More than a dozen GOP lawmakers announced last week that they’re forming a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee” to examine the rules and regulations of state occupational licensing boards and look …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:33 p.m.
Rep. Paulette Jordan resigns legislative seat to focus on campaign for governor
Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, announced today that she is resigning her legislative seat to focus full time on her campaign for governor. “It has been my privilege to be elected …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:16 p.m.
Some Idaho lawmakers remain leery of school science standards on climate change
Members of the Idaho House Education Committee on Thursday continued to balk at proposed new school science standards that deal with climate change, even as public testimony came in 100 …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.
Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Lawmaker: Time for Idaho to recognize breastfeeding is not indecent
Idaho is the only state with no legal protection for breastfeeding mothers, said Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene. So he’s proposing legislation to exempt nursing moms from the state’s indecent …
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 6 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Otter’s higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
Rep. Heather Scott helps lead unsuccessful move to derail routine tax bill over same-sex marriage
When a routine bill from the state Tax Commission came up for a vote in the Idaho House on Wednesday – to conform 2017 Idaho income tax laws to federal …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
Moscow senator endorses end-times author for Congress
Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, on Wednesday endorsed conservative activist and end-times author Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry in Idaho’s 1st District GOP congressional primary, a race already crowded with a …
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018
Eye on Boise: Hemming, hawing, and truck registration fees
The legislative interim committee charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho met again last week, after learning that its Nov. 9
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 4:50 p.m.
Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year
Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
Idaho House committee kills disclosure bill
An Idaho House committee on Wednesday killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 6:56 p.m.
‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional
A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the …
Sun., Jan. 14, 2018
Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects
When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:06 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage
Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:29 p.m.
Balukoff launches campaign, as Idaho faces contested primaries for governor in both parties
Businessman and longtime Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff launched his second run for governor of Idaho on Wednesday with an announcement in Pocatello, to be followed by stops in …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:36 p.m.
Idaho governor pitches tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 6 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals
Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 10:16 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight
Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Rep. Giddings receives stay in property tax case for military service
Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings has requested and received a stay until April 1, due to military service, of an Ada County notice ordering her to repay the county about …
Sun., Dec. 17, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho businesses want 2016 noncompete law repealed
More than 100 Idaho business leaders, ranging from high-tech CEOs to small-business owners to engineers, marketers and manufacturers, have