Stories tagged: Idaho politics
Sun., July 23, 2017
Eye on Boise: Vermont’s new disclosure law makes Idaho one of just two states without
Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or …
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador stops paying wife salary from campaign
After keeping her on the campaign payroll since his first term in Congress, Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador stopped paying his wife, Becca, a $2,022 monthly salary on …
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto
The Idaho Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday afternoon, upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries.
Sun., July 16, 2017
2018 gubernatorial candidates already out on the stump together
All three major GOP candidates for governor were sitting at the same table on the Fourth of July, at the big Idaho Falls fireworks extravaganza hosted by Melaleuca owner Frank …
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Court hearing canceled; Idaho Dems, state in settlement talks over voter info request
A court hearing was canceled Thursday and the Idaho Democratic Party announced that it had entered into settlement talks with the state in its lawsuit seeking to bar Secretary of …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Idaho’s longest-serving female senator to retire in 2018; endorses Woodward for seat
Longtime Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has announced that she won’t seek re-election after her current term ends next year, and instead is endorsing longtime Bonner and Boundary county resident …
Sun., July 9, 2017
Eye on Boise: Ahlquist alters his ‘blueprint’ plank on same-sex marriage
Idaho GOP candidate for governor Tommy Ahlquist has changed the wording on his website about his position on gay marriage, deleting a section that many read as a promise to …
Sun., July 2, 2017
Eye on Boise: Little-known North Idaho Democrat steps forward in 1st CD race
Democrat Michael William Smith of Post Falls talks about his decision to run for Congress.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
President Trump nominates Bart Davis as U.S. Attorney for Idaho
President Trump announced on Thursday that he is nominating Idaho state Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, as the new U.S. Attorney for Idaho. Davis is an Idaho Falls …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador’s bill to limit refugee resettlement clears House panel on party-line vote
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s legislation to limit refugee resettlement cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a 15-11 party-line vote, after Democrats on the panel criticized the measure as heartless …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 12:25 p.m.
CdA Rep. Malek mulling run for 1st District congressional seat
Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t made a final decision, but he said Tuesday that he’s mulling a run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, which will open …
Sun., June 25, 2017
Eye on Boise: Fulcher and Labrador do Idaho’s political switcheroo
Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District …
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
AdWatch: Idaho governor candidate makes big promise to cut ‘wasteful’ state budget
Tommy Ahlquist, one of the GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, launched a new TV ad on Wednesday promising to cut $100 million from the state budget in …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:12 p.m.
In packed courtroom, Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case
Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s …
UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Idaho’s Simpson wants to reform wildfire funding, Labrador targets refugee resettlement
Both of Idaho’s congressmen introduced legislation late last week, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson on reforming funding for fighting the nation’s wildfires, and 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador on limiting …
Sun., June 11, 2017
Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws
Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …
Sun., June 4, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s largest state agency to get a new director
Idaho’s largest state agency will get a new director in July – Gov. Butch Otter has named Russ Barron, currently deputy director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, …
UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Raul Labrador kicks off campaign for Idaho governor, touts record in Congress
Raul Labrador launched his campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, declaring that he’s proven in his four terms in Congress that “I could be a leader for conservative change.”
Tue., May 30, 2017, 4 a.m.
Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case
When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.
Sun., May 28, 2017
Eye on Boise: Candidates for Idaho governor hit the campaign trail early
A year out from the primary election in the 2018 race for governor of Idaho, the campaign has started heating up.
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador’s immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers’ 2017 session travel expenses came to $107K; Rep. Vito Barbieri’s tab was highest
Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public …
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:40 p.m.
Crapo: Trump budget calls for ‘dramatic cuts’ affecting Idahoans, communities
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said while there’s “significant agreement” that the nation needs to bring the federal budget into balance, the budget proposal released Tuesday by President Trump calls for …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Idaho Supreme Court limits issues in grocery tax case
The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday limited the issues that the state can address in its upcoming arguments over Gov. Butch Otter’s disputed veto of legislation to repeal the state’s …
Sun., May 21, 2017
Eye on Boise: GOP still posting strong numbers in Idaho
With all the roiling national hubbub surrounding President Trump, there’s been speculation on the national scene that voters may turn away from the Republican Party. But there’s certainly no sign …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador presses immigration crackdown bill in Congress
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador pressed forward a sweeping immigration enforcement bill Thursday that would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in …
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson speaks out on health care bill
While vigorously defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson told the Idaho Healthcare Summit today that he wouldn’t have voted for it if that was what …
Sun., May 14, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
North Idaho school patrons go to polls
North central Idaho voters in several school districts have choices to make Tuesday. There are school board races on the ballot in half a dozen area districts and levy elections …