Stories tagged: Idaho politics
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 10:39 P.M.
Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming
Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House committee Thursday on an 8-7 vote, …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 9:24 P.M.
Should folks under 21 be able to run for Idaho Legislature? Senators say yes
It wasn’t the original focus of the bill, but the Idaho Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds – rather than just those 21 or older – to …
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 10:17 P.M.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker’s false account twisted in Redoubt News report
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said Monday that a former House committee secretary stalked him in 2013, when his wife was undergoing cancer treatment, and attempted to extort money from …
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017
Eye on Boise: Senators reject bill to repeal legislative pension perk
Idaho senators shot down a bill last week to repeal a 1990 law that allows longtime state legislators who, late in their careers, are appointed to high-paying full-time state positions …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 10:51 P.M.
Bill would raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21
An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21.
UPDATED: SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017, 4:14 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists
What if you’re on a two-lane road, and you want to pass another motorist who’s going a couple of miles below the speed limit, but just to get past them …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 3 P.M.
Idaho Sen. Risch defends move to block Coretta Scott King letter from admission in Senate
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is staunchly defending his role in blocking a letter from Coretta Scott King from being entered into the record in the U.S. Senate during Tuesday evening’s …
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017, 10:41 P.M.
Proposed law in Idaho would discourage sanctuary cities and direct law enforcement to question people’s immigration status
BOISE – An Idaho legislative committee took action directed at sanctuary cities on Monday even though the state doesn’t have any.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017, 2 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Medicaid transport contractor draws complaints from around state; Idaho House speaker tells Rep. Heather Scott they should talk honestly
When the Idaho House and Senate Health and Welfare committees held an open public hearing on health and welfare issues on Friday, people flocked from all parts of the state …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Eye on Boise: State Rep. Heather Scott forces full reading of Idaho House’s first bill for ‘transparency’ sake
State Rep. Heather Scott says her apology for making a disparaging remark about other female legislators may never be enough for the speaker of the House.
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 10:01 P.M.
Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results
An Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and ultimately rejecting a challenge to the November election results in one …
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 8:58 P.M.
Five Idaho legislators stand with Rep. Heather Scott and asked to have their committee assignments stripped
Five House members stood on the floor of the Idaho House on Monday morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers …
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017
Eye on Boise: New survey says Idahoans optimistic, but concerned about health care
Idahoans think the state is generally on the right track, according to the latest Idaho Policy Survey, published Friday by Boise State University. “They’re also optimistic about the future,” said …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 6:41 P.M.
Rep. Heather Scott defends controversial comments, contends there are ‘things being hidden’ in Idaho statehouse
A defiant Idaho Rep. Heather Scott went on talk radio in Boise on Friday evening to defend her comments that got her removed from all her House committee assignments, charging …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 10:52 A.M.
Idaho Rep. Heather Scott faces possible sanctions for claiming female House members advance through sexual favors
Controversial North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is facing a possible formal reprimand after she claimed female members of the Idaho House only advance through sexual favors, in an outburst that …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 5:32 P.M.
Idaho Gov. Otter focuses on education, sets up fight with fellow R’s over tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter put his focus squarely on education Monday as he kicked off the legislative session with an address to a joint session of the House and Senate …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 6:45 A.M.
Health coverage, road projects among priorities for Idaho Legislature
When the Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, it’ll be divided between those who want to address the state’s long-festering health coverage gap, and those who say there’s too much uncertainty …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 5 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane won’t seek re-election
Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane has announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2018 to a sixth term, and will retire instead.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 4:40 P.M.
Lawmakers may try to do more to boost jobs in rural Idaho
Idaho lawmakers may consider expanding a jobs incentive that state officials say already is generating hundreds of new jobs in the state; Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough says it could do …
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 12:01 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s name floated as potential agriculture secretary in Trump administration
Given the on-and-off announcements about various prospective Trump appointees in recent days, it’s with some hesitance that I pass along this maybe-news: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter now is supposedly among …
MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 1:52 P.M.
Idaho Rep. Labrador meets with Trump, hints he may be up for administration post
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York today, and hinted afterward to reporters there that they’d discussed a role …
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016, 6:15 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Crapo to again head Senate’s ‘Committee on Committees’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
Idaho state employee pay still lags, despite this year’s raises
Idaho state employee pay remains about 20 percent below market rates, according to a new state report, despite the 3 percent merit raises that lawmakers granted state workers this year.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016, 5:15 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Losing candidate files challenge with the Idaho Senate
The Idaho Senate had an unusual matter to deal with at its organizational session on Thursday: A formal contest of the election from an unsuccessful Senate candidate.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers unlikely to repeal legislative retirement perk; set for pay raises
It’s unlikely Idaho lawmakers will do away with a special retirement perk for certain legislators – even though a citizens commission this year called for lawmakers to reconsider the perk. …
MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016, 11:09 A.M.
Idaho treasurer Crane mum on oversight panel that doesn’t meet
Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane isn’t saying why a state committee he chairs that’s charged with enhancing Idaho’s state credit rating hasn’t met in six years, and this year, when …
SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2016
Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: With Otter in Hawaii, Denney gets a chance to preside over Idaho Land Board
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney got his first chance to preside over a state Land Board meeting last week, as Gov. Butch Otter was in Hawaii for a conference …
SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2016
Eye on Boise: Departing Idaho Sen. Dan Schmidt made his mark on budgets
When Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, took the lead on crafting the state’s complex Health and Welfare budgets four years ago, there was a “very steep learning curve,” the longtime physician …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 1:55 P.M.
Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise
If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …