Stories tagged: Idaho politics
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …
Sun., June 4, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s largest state agency to get a new director
Idaho’s largest state agency will get a new director in July – Gov. Butch Otter has named Russ Barron, currently deputy director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, …
UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Raul Labrador kicks off campaign for Idaho governor, touts record in Congress
Raul Labrador launched his campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, declaring that he’s proven in his four terms in Congress that “I could be a leader for conservative change.”
Tue., May 30, 2017, 4 a.m.
Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case
When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.
Sun., May 28, 2017
Eye on Boise: Candidates for Idaho governor hit the campaign trail early
A year out from the primary election in the 2018 race for governor of Idaho, the campaign has started heating up.
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador’s immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers’ 2017 session travel expenses came to $107K; Rep. Vito Barbieri’s tab was highest
Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public …
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:40 p.m.
Crapo: Trump budget calls for ‘dramatic cuts’ affecting Idahoans, communities
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said while there’s “significant agreement” that the nation needs to bring the federal budget into balance, the budget proposal released Tuesday by President Trump calls for …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Idaho Supreme Court limits issues in grocery tax case
The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday limited the issues that the state can address in its upcoming arguments over Gov. Butch Otter’s disputed veto of legislation to repeal the state’s …
Sun., May 21, 2017
Eye on Boise: GOP still posting strong numbers in Idaho
With all the roiling national hubbub surrounding President Trump, there’s been speculation on the national scene that voters may turn away from the Republican Party. But there’s certainly no sign …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador presses immigration crackdown bill in Congress
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador pressed forward a sweeping immigration enforcement bill Thursday that would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in …
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson speaks out on health care bill
While vigorously defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson told the Idaho Healthcare Summit today that he wouldn’t have voted for it if that was what …
Sun., May 14, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
North Idaho school patrons go to polls
North central Idaho voters in several school districts have choices to make Tuesday. There are school board races on the ballot in half a dozen area districts and levy elections …
Sun., May 14, 2017
Eye on Boise: Vandalism at Anne Frank memorial called hate crime; community support for memorial swells
The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial has now been defaced with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti three times in the past week, causing extensive damage to marble tablets at the …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Former Idaho Lt. Gov. David Leroy announces bid for Labrador’s congressional seat
A former Idaho lieutenant governor and attorney general David Leroy announced today that he’ll run for the open 1st District congressional seat Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate in 2018 as …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador files to run for governor in 2018
Idaho 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador filed the initial paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office this morning to run for governor in 2018, even as he’s in …
Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:30 a.m.
Eye on Boise: It’s already Ad-Watch time in 2018 Idaho governor race
It’s pretty much unheard-of for statewide TV ads in an Idaho governor’s race to begin airing more than a year before the primary election, but that’s what’s happening.
Sun., May 7, 2017
Former Idaho Gov. Kempthorne, set for honorary UI degree, now crusades for life insurance, retirement options
These days, former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is the chief representative of the life insurance industry, traveling the country and the world, giving speeches and representing the insurers to the …
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 8:08 p.m.
Court: Otter can intervene in arguments over grocery tax repeal veto
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s petition to intervene in the lawsuit challenging his veto of the grocery tax repeal bill was granted Friday by the Idaho Supreme Court.
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott draws GOP challenger for next election
Mike Boeck, a fourth-generation Bonner County resident, former Priest River Chamber of Commerce president, longtime county GOP central committee member and longtime forest products industry employee, announced Friday that he’ll …
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador: Sick people should pay more for health insurance
Health care was the biggest topic at Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s heavily attended town hall meetings in Southern Idaho and figures to be high on citizens’ minds again as …
UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Otter files to intervene in grocery tax case, defend his veto of repeal bill
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter filed to intervene Wednesday in a lawsuit in which his veto of a grocery tax repeal bill is being challenged by state lawmakers, saying it’s both …
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
Former Idaho GOP director signs on as campaign manager for Ahlquist for governor campaign
David Johnston, former executive director of the Idaho Republican Party, joined the Tommy Ahlquist campaign for governor of Idaho Monday as campaign manager.
Sun., April 30, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground
Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a …
Sun., April 30, 2017
Eye on Boise: Only in Idaho have lawmakers changed school science standards on climate change
It turns out that Idaho is the only state in which legislators have successfully removed references to climate change from school science standards.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Timing of Idaho court justice’s retirement means candidates can apply now
With Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann planning to retire in August, a second seat will open on the five-member high court in a year – and this time, unlike …
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 6:34 p.m.
Homeless Idaho gubernatorial candidate lands in jail
A Boise man who recently registered to run for governor in 2018 using a local homeless shelter as his address is in the Ada County Jail, after turning himself in …
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
Rep. Labrador faces crowd of 350 at second town-hall meeting
Idaho Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador faced a friendlier crowd Monday during his second town hall in Nampa, Idaho, compared to the combative crowd of 800 he faced last week …
Sun., April 23, 2017
Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor
After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …
Sun., April 23, 2017
Eye on Boise: Public comments from throughout Idaho favor climate change standards that lawmakers rejected
In Boise, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene last week – just like at earlier public meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall – Idahoans turned out in force to …