Stories tagged: Idaho politics
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 – …
Tue., April 5, 2016, 2:37 p.m.
Obama names new Idaho judge, David Nye
Idaho finally has a new federal district judge nominee, with the announcement today from the White House that Idaho 6th District Judge David Nye will be submitted to the Senate …
Thu., March 31, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: ‘Little Supreme Court’ in legislator’s head a symptom of a wider malady
The little Supreme Court in Sage Dixon’s head is an emblem for our times: Nobody has to believe anything they don’t want to, and everybody has a source of information …
Mon., March 28, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …
Sun., March 27, 2016, 4 a.m.
Idaho legislature addressed some longstanding issues but didn’t close the health care gap
Idaho lawmakers addressed an array of long-festering issues in the legislative session they wrapped up Friday, from a constitutionally deficient public defense system to firefighters’ job-related cancer risk to suicide …
Sun., March 27, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers ante up for arts, after first killing budget
BOISE – After the Idaho House earlier had earlier rejected the budget for the Idaho Commission on the Arts in an unrelated dispute, it voted 51-17 on Thursday in favor …
Fri., March 25, 2016, 1:31 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers adjourn without addressing health care coverage gap
The Idaho House shot down a health care bill on a party-line vote Friday and adjourned, leaving the state’s health care coverage gap unaddressed for another year.
Thu., March 24, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Health coverage gap dominates final days of Idaho legislative session
There were dramatic developments in the Idaho Legislature on what had been scheduled to be the session’s last day Thursday, as a Senate panel rejected a House bill to spend …
Sun., March 20, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Lawmaker’s anti-Sharia bill draws fire
North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week; it’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.
Mon., March 14, 2016, 1:09 p.m.
Last-minute filings set up competitive races in Idaho’s May primary
A flurry of last-minute filings late Friday set up an array of contested races in Idaho’s May 17 primary election, including a six-way race for an open seat on the …
Sun., March 13, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Democrats make statement by rejecting art budget
As the Idaho Legislature lurches toward what are supposed to be the final two weeks of this year’s session, an unexpected bump came late last week when the House killed …
Sun., March 6, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Rubio rallies Boise crowd, says he’s best bet to beat Clinton
GOP hopeful Marco Rubio stressed his conservative credentials and religious beliefs as he urged Idahoans to back him for president at a Boise rally on Sunday night, just two days …
Sun., March 6, 2016, midnight
Idaho’s upcoming GOP primary by the numbers
Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary, by the numbers
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Most high-profile Idaho Republicans say they’d back Trump if he’s nominated
Among high-profile elected Republicans in Idaho, Donald Trump isn’t a popular first-choice. But most say they’re willing to vote for him if he wins the GOP nomination. Here’s a breakdown …
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 12:31 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter endorses Kasich for president, joins campaign
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined Kasich’s campaign as a national co-chair.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers say new fee on hybrid cars a mistake, propose repeal
Idaho lawmakers made a mistake last year when they slapped an extra $75 annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles. That was the consensus of the Senate Transportation Committee this afternoon, …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Idaho Democrats protest state-funded election billboards
The Idaho Democratic Party is protesting a statewide, 22-billboard voter education campaign launched by the Idaho Secretary of State’s office for the upcoming March 8 presidential primary, because the billboards …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Sens. Crapo, Risch say Idaho Statehouse is ‘where common sense reigns’
Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch addressed the state House and Senate today, and both told lawmakers they’re the ones doing things right. “It is so fabulous to …
Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
Bill would bar Idaho cities from increasing minimum wage
Idaho lawmakers split along party lines Monday, with majority Republicans on the House Business Committee backing a ban on local laws or ballot measures to raise the minimum wage.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 5 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Tearful Idahoans push for Medicaid expansion
BOISE – Hundreds of people filled the state Capitol’s largest hearing room Friday morning to press for expanding Medicaid to help Idahoans who don’t have health insurance, reforming the state’s …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 5:09 p.m.
Idaho wolf board officials kept news of kill operation from lawmakers
When the head of an Idaho board charged with killing problem wolves was asked directly by a state senator on Monday how many wolves the board has had killed this …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 2:49 p.m.
Idaho bill could raise homeowners’ taxes in Kootenai County
The Idaho House voted Tuesday to remove the inflation index from the state’s homeowner’s exemption from property taxes, instead fixing the exemption at a maximum of $100,000 - and opening …
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 5 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho county assessors stunned by House panel vote
BOISE – County assessors, in town for an Idaho Association of Counties meeting, were stunned to hear the House tax committee vote to remove the annual indexing of the homeowner’s …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 2:53 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive
After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths of Idahoans, doctor says
Idaho lawmakers are responsible for the deaths of close to 1,000 Idahoans in the past three years because they’ve refused to expand Medicaid, a doctor told a state Senate committee …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 1:05 p.m.
Bill to move up Idaho party-affiliation deadline dies; voters will be able to switch at polls on March 8
It turns out that voters who want to change their party affiliation at the polls for Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary will be able to do so after all.