Stories tagged: Idaho politics
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016, 12:36 P.M.
Donald Trump Jr. defends Skittles post in Boise campaign stop
Donald Trump Jr. flew into Boise today for a fundraiser for his father’s presidential campaign, and also defended his controversial Twitter post comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, blaming the …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016, 10:54 A.M.
Idaho officials vote to auction off state-owned commercial properties
Idaho’s top elected officials voted Tuesday to auction off nine state-owned commercial properties, five of them in downtown Boise near the Capitol – even as another state official warned the …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2016
Eye on Boise: Crapo’s opponent says D.C. has changed him for the worse
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo’s Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, is criticizing Crapo over his 2013 DUI conviction, saying it shows that Washington has changed him.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016, 3:34 P.M.
Ad Watch: Crapo’s federal-debt ad is first of campaign season in Idaho
“This is Idaho,” proclaims Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s new political campaign commercial, as it touts his advocacy for balancing the federal budget and reining in the national debt. The ad …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2016, 3:25 P.M.
Eye on Boise: If trends hold, Idaho could have sizable budget surplus
State tax revenues are coming in ahead of forecasts, and if current trends hold, Idaho could have a substantial budget surplus by the end of the current fiscal year.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2016, 3:57 P.M.
Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program
Idaho’s suicide rate has long been far above the national average; the state had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014. But now, it has something it …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016
Eye on Boise: Crapo, Sturgill are filling their campaign coffers in Senate race
You may not have heard of Jerry Sturgill – few have – but campaign finance reports suggest he’s quite serious about his challenge to longtime Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016, 2:44 P.M.
Sen. Mike Crapo wraps up two-year, 200-city town hall swing through Idaho
From Aberdeen to Worley, from Bonners Ferry to Blackfoot, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has arrived in every incorporated Idaho city over the past two years – all 200 of them …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2016, 3:36 P.M.
Idaho countersues in broadband case
Even as two vendors from the now-defunct Idaho Education Network are suing the state of Idaho in federal court seeking payment of unpaid bills from the IEN, the state has …
MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016, 5:21 P.M.
Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion
Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …
SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2016
Raul rising: Labrador embraces role as Idaho’s agitator in Congress
A fractious tea party favorite and co-founder of the insurgent House Freedom Caucus, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador doesn’t care much for the traditions or norms of Congress. Now seeking a …
SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2016
Eye on Boise: Idaho presidential ballot to offer eight choices
BOISE – Idaho’s presidential ballot for November has ballooned to eight candidates, as three independents turned in enough signatures just in time to qualify for the ballot. The three who …
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Butch and Lori Otter to be honorary Trump chairs for Idaho
Gov. Otter and first lady will chair Trump campaign in Idaho
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 4:21 P.M.
Police group withdraws endorsement in Idaho court race over candidate’s excessive-force lawsuits
A law enforcement group has withdrawn its endorsement of state Sen. Curt McKenzie’s bid for the Idaho Supreme Court after he twice represented criminal suspects who unsuccessfully sued police officers …
THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: City plans for visit by famous mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart
From our archives, 100 years ago Famous mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart was planning a Spokane visit.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2016
100 years ago in North Idaho: Volunteers search for missing attorney, a former state senator
From our archives, 100 years ago More than 100 volunteers were searching for Abner G. Kerns, a former Idaho state senator and prominent Wallace attorney.
SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Summit eyes elevating civility in Idaho’s public discourse
The “Idaho Civility Summit” wrapped up on a positive note last week, with participants including elected officials, civic leaders and members of the press backing several moves to enhance civil …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 2:37 P.M.
Lawmakers scrutinize Idaho’s religious exemption that protects rights of religious sect amid high child death rates
Idaho’s religious exemption from charges of child abuse, neglect, child injury and manslaughter, passed in the 1970s to accommodate faith-healing groups, came under close scrutiny at a legislative hearing Thursday.
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho Rep. Labrador is sixth-poorest in Congress, site says
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Numbers show Idaho is a big spender? Experts say no
Claims by the Idaho Freedom Foundation that Idaho has become an extravagant spender, outstripping other states, are clearly off the mark, to the point that the former chief economist for …
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s sales taxes rank low in national comparison
The Tax Foundation has released a new comparison of state and local sales taxes by state, and Idaho’s ranks at the lower end, 37th highest.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016, 10:28 A.M.
Idaho campaign finance initiative falls short, won’t make ballot
A sweeping campaign finance reform initiative that promised to change the role of money in politics in Idaho has fallen short of the number of verified signatures needed, and won’t …
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: After two-year wait, Idaho court system gets new director
Sara Thomas, Idaho’s state appellate public defender, has been named the new administrative director of Idaho’s courts by the Idaho Supreme Court.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district
No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. …
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016, 10:40 A.M.
Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe
Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s growing Hispanic population a factor in education, economy
Hispanics accounted for 42 percent of the enrollment growth in Idaho’s public schools in the last five years, according to a new report from the University of Idaho’s McClure Center …
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 2:44 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Far-right fake charities target true conservatives
Maxine Bell is almost certainly headed toward the happy conclusion of a 30-year career as a rock-solid, budget-minded Idaho conservative legislator.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments on judge
Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, pressed by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill to disavow presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump …
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
Eye on Boise: Sen. Steven Thayn calls on conservatives to ‘do something,’ not just complain
Idaho state Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, had a booth at the state GOP convention over the weekend, where he was handing out copies of his latest book, “Reprogramming Government, A …
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016, 4:58 P.M.
Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around
Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa Saturday with much talk of party unity, though …