Stories tagged: Idaho politics
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 …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 3:59 P.M.
Primary is only contest in matchup between Cheatham, Riggs for Idaho’s District 3
First-term state representative and area newcomer Don Cheatham says he was motivated to become an Idaho legislator to “give back” after a career in law enforcement in southern California and …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5:44 P.M.
Conservative North Idaho legislator faces challenge from the right
In one of Idaho’s most conservative legislative districts, the seat formerly held by tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart has been going through some political evolution.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho GOP hopes for very different state convention this time
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates struck an optimistic tone as he announced the state party convention, which is set for June 2-4 at the Idaho Center in Nampa. “This …
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Four vie for rare open seat on Idaho’s highest court
The top race on the Idaho ballot on May 17 isn’t in either the Republican or Democratic primary – it’s the nonpartisan race for an open seat on the Idaho …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 10:22 A.M.
Gutierrez runs for justice on court-access platform
When newly appointed Idaho Judge Sergio Gutierrez traveled from Canyon County to Weiser for his first first-degree murder trial in 1993, he was surprised by what he found there. The …
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Top Idaho officials disagree on ballot measure to amend state constitution
Idaho’s top state elected officials got into something of a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers have approved this year for the November ballot, during last week’s state Land …
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, 12:38 P.M.
Initiative proposes sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws
Sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws are being proposed in a voter initiative, from strict restrictions on campaign contributions from those holding or seeking big state contracts, to banning …
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: First candidate forum for Supreme Court race takes place Tuesday
The first candidate forum for the four rivals facing off to be Idaho’s next Supreme Court justice initially was announced as a face-off between just three of the four, but …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 9:36 A.M.
Idaho Sen. Crapo could chair Senate Banking next year if GOP holds majority – but that’s a big ‘if’
If Republicans maintain control of the Senate next year, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo could become chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, a panel with broad jurisdiction over the nation’s financial …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Did Jim Risch endorse Ted Cruz or not?
When Idaho Sen. Jim Risch made one of his frequent appearances last week on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, he kind of endorsed Ted Cruz for president – …