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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Idaho’s Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in one of the most Republican states

Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot.


Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Ahlquist wins endorsement from prominent young Trump backers Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk

Tommy Ahlquist, a GOP candidate for governor of Idaho, was endorsed by two prominent millennial Trump supporters on Monday – Charlie Kirk, who was the millennial director of the Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


Eye on Boise: Voter figures so far show just a small crossover in primary

How might crossover voting – people switching parties to vote in a different party’s primary election – affect Idaho’s upcoming high-stakes May 15 primary, with positions up for grabs including …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the …


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Democratic rivals for Idaho governor agree on much; clash over marijuana, campaign endorsements

Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Sunday spent most of their first televised debate in overall agreement when discussing the state’s biggest issues surrounding education, health care and taxes.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 6:39 a.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho state board picks a nonacademic to head Idaho State University

Idaho’s state Board of Education has named five finalists to be the next president of Boise State University, and all are academics with Ph.D. degrees. That might seem like a …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

State treasurer hopeful asked to forfeit her county credit card over misuse allegations

The current Ada County treasurer – a county elected official who’s now running to be the state treasurer – was requested by the three county commissioners on Tuesday to surrender …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Idaho lieutenant governor hopeful drops out of crowded race

When the filing period for Idaho lieutenant governor arrived last month, five Republicans already were crowded into the race, and a sixth joined them as the filing period closed – …


Eye on Boise: Idaho legislators take turns wearing Barbieri’s colorful necktie

Fourth-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has tried to carry on a tradition passed down to him from former Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, of wearing a different tie each …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

‘Tireless’ North Idaho senator caps 22-year career as ‘consummate citizen-legislator’

The longest-serving female state senator in Idaho history closed out her final legislative session with pride in an array of specific accomplishments, but also with a key disappointment.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Otter touts education improvements, tax cuts as lawmakers depart

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday put education improvements at the top of his list of accomplishments of this year’s just-concluded legislative session, the last one of his three terms …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Idaho Legislature wraps up 80-day legislative session without overriding Otter’s vetoes

The Idaho Legislature wrapped up an 80-day legislative session on Wednesday, opting at the end not to try to override a veto from Gov. Butch Otter, though lawmakers had remained …


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Idaho reaction to Risch: ‘An insult to the people of Idaho and the nation’

Here’s some of the reaction in Idaho on Friday to Sen. Jim Risch’s move Thursday to try to strip out the renaming of the White Clouds Wilderness in Idaho for …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Idaho’s House rejects another health care bill, a day after dramatic showdown

House Democrats mounted a final effort to do something for at least some of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap on Thursday, when Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho’s legislative session to extend into next week

Plans for Idaho’s legislative session to wrap up this week went awry on Thursday, when the House Republican Caucus insisted it wants to extend the session for a full five …


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 …


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 …


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 …