Stories tagged: Idaho politics
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A law enforcement group has withdrawn its endorsement of state Sen.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 …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016, 3:56 P.M.
Panel urges review of Idaho legislators’ pension perk
After two Idaho citizens, a retired math teacher and a CPA, urged a state panel to do away with the 1990 law that grants big boosts in state retirement pensions …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016
Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state
When Cecil Andrus closed Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste, the former Democratic governor’s decisive action captured the attention of the nation and put pressure on the federal government to remove …
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging
A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:35 P.M.
Crapo, Labrador coast to wins; most North Idaho lawmakers leading, but Sims trails opponent in early returns
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador cruised easily through the state’s primary election on Tuesday – Crapo didn’t even have an opponent – but North Idaho …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:20 P.M.
Runoff set in Idaho Supreme Court race, with Brody in the lead
A rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court appears to be headed for a runoff in November, as none of the four hopefuls was polling …
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016, 4 A.M.
Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right
In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element …
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Campaign finance dispute crops up in Idaho Supreme Court race
Robyn Brody’s campaign for the Idaho Supreme Court disputes a finding by the Idaho Secretary of Statethat four donations, totaling $27,000, received from four farm-related businesses exceeded the state Sunshine …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 10:13 A.M.
Idaho state rep sends campaign letter on what appears to be official letterhead
Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham has sent out a campaign letter on a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, raising questions about use of official letterhead in …
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho investigating possible campaign finance violations
Chief Deputy Idaho Secretary of State Tim Hurst says the Secretary of State’s office will be looking into an apparent attempt to evade campaign finance limits by Idaho Falls businessman …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 2:03 P.M.
Coeur d’Alene legislator faces challenger who hopes to defund Idaho budget of federal money
As he seeks a third term in the Legislature, Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, faces a challenge from a local real estate attorney who’s gone on the attack – criticizing …