Stories tagged: Idaho politics
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:51 a.m.
Rep. Raul Labrador fields questions, cheers and boos from big crowd at town hall meeting
Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador fielded an array of questions along with cheers, boos, applause and shouts at a lively town hall meeting Wednesday night, which drew close to 700 …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 10:40 p.m.
Idaho GOP chairman to step down
Idaho Republican Chairman Steve Yates says he intends to resign later this month to consider running for another political office.
Sun., April 9, 2017
With lawmakers gone, Otter decides the fate of their work
It’s Gov. Butch Otter’s turn, as the Legislature left town with hundreds of bills awaiting his signature or veto.
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Otter mum on plans for grocery tax repeal bill, worried about state budget
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he gives lawmakers high marks for their just-completed legislative session – but also some “incompletes” – and he wouldn’t say whether he’d sign …
Sun., April 2, 2017
Eye on Boise: Some accomplishments, lots of drama, and some work left undone as Idaho lawmakers depart for year
Four big issues were supposed to dominate this year’s Idaho legislative session: Health care, education, transportation and taxes.
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:25 p.m.
Longtime Idaho Senate majority leader reflects on just-concluded legislative session
Longtime Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, who is widely rumored to be the leading candidate to be Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney, said Thursday that he sees funding for improved …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Twitter war erupts between Raul Labrador and Donald Trump
A Twitter war erupted Thursday between President Donald Trump and Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers kill tax break for employers, end legislative session
A $115 million unemployment insurance tax rate cut for Idaho employers fell victim to late-session battles between the Idaho House and Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers ended a stormy legislative …
Sun., March 26, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers restive as session drags on past targeted adjournment date; also, legislative limericks
With what was supposed to be the last day of the session past and no agreement yet on a transportation funding bill between the House and Senate, Idaho lawmakers are …
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Idaho House hijacks unemployment insurance tax cut bill to add on income tax cuts
Idaho House members hijacked the Senate-passed unemployment tax rate cut on Thursday and decided to amend it to add an income tax cut into the bill.
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:25 a.m.
In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries
In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …
UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:21 p.m.
Idaho state rep, on live open mic, says some of state’s teachers are ‘clearly overpaid’
When the Idaho House briefly went at ease on Tuesday, Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, was heard on an open mike saying, “We all know our districts. We know that there …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Idaho bill to clamp down on special House elections advances
House-passed legislation to change Idaho’s procedure for special elections when an Idaho member of Congress leaves office mid-term – no such election has ever been held in Idaho history – …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers reject bill calling for gun-safety classes in the state’s schools
After much debate and lots of questions, an Idaho House panel rejected legislation Tuesday encouraging the state’s schools to offer elective gun-safety classes.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Idaho House grinds to a halt amid fears about notary bill, United Nations
The Idaho House ground to a halt Monday, as a handful of lawmakers fearful about international implications of a bill updating Idaho’s notary laws forced an hour-plus reading of the …