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UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from …


Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Washington, Idaho lawmakers waiting for details of DACA ‘deal’

Word that President Donald Trump may have reached an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress on DACA legislation has some lawmakers from Washington and Idaho offering qualified support and others …


Eye on Boise: Idaho delegation splits on hurricane relief, government funding bill

When Congress quickly and overwhelmingly passed a Hurricane Harvey relief and government funding bill late last week, it did so with the backing of only half of Idaho’s congressional delegation.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Crapo, Simpson, Risch condemn racist violence; Labrador stays mum

Three of the four members of Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation have spoken out strongly against the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, condemning racism and white supremacy as counter to …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Prayers for victims, thanks for police in reactions to shooting

Northwest members of Congress react to the shooting in Alexandria, Va.


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 …


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 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 …


Idaho’s Risch, Simpson support strikes on Syria

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had high praise for the


Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: Idaho reps split votes on transportation, education

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Ex-Im Bank faces crucial vote

House expected to vote Monday on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which critics call the “Bank of Boeing.”


Region’s Republicans express respect for Boehner

Resigning House Speaker John Boehner “was the right man at the right time,” the Spokane Republican who served on his leadership team said Friday. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who was …


Eye on Boise: Idaho board looks to rule out outlandish park names

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative …


Western senators push bill to fix how forest firefighting is funded

BOISE – With wildfires raging along with the costs to fight them, a group of Western senators on Wednesday touted a solution for paying firefighting bills. The U.S. Forest Service …


Obama signs into law Sawtooth wilderness protection

With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama added wilderness protection Friday to more than a quarter-million acres in Idaho. He signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 7, 2015, 10:33 a.m.

Obama signs Sawtooth legislation

President Obama signed the Sawtooth and Jerry Peak Wilderness act this morning.


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers want no credit for representative’s editorial

A brouhaha over the child support enforcement bill killed on the final day of this year’s Idaho legislative session is dividing the House GOP. First, Former Rep. Cindy Agidius, communications …


Rural schools, roads funding passes House sans Labrador support

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador cast one of just 37 “no” votes in the House this week on a program that provides millions of dollars to rural, timber-dependent Idaho counties for …


Eye on Boise: Crapo’s injuries draw attention in Washington, D.C.

BOISE – Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo drew some second looks in Washington, D.C., last week, but not necessarily because of his comments in the Senate. Instead, it was the …


Eye on Boise: Tom Luna’s school fund push stalls

BOISE – Political fireworks flew at the Idaho state Land Board last week, as, for the second time in five years, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna sought to boost the …


National group recruited Simpson challenger via website

BOISE – The Club for Growth, a national group that funneled money to bankroll one-term 1st District Idaho Rep. Bill Sali’s run for Congress in 2006, announced last week that …


Eye on Boise: Total Idaho crime down, but violence up

BOISE – Idaho’s crime rate dropped 1.5 percent in 2012, according to the new Crime in Idaho report, continuing a five-year decline, but the number of violent crimes – murder, …


Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch oppose immigration bill

BOISE – Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted against the landmark immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week. “The triggers in this bill with …


Pollsters find broad support for immigration bill

BOISE – A new statewide poll shows Idaho voters strongly in support of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate, with 67 percent …


Eye on Boise: Pretty quiet on fundraising front, but Crapo’s war chest deep

BOISE – Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation didn’t do a ton of fundraising during the first quarter of this year, what with it not being an election year and all. But …


Mussel infestation threatens NW waters

BOISE – North Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson’s nightmare involves invasive quagga and zebra mussels slipping into Idaho’s waterways and altering the very nature of the state. “It scares me, it …


Post your thoughts on education reform

BOISE – Public comments on the State Board of Education’s proposed new online class graduation requirement – requiring every Idaho high school student to take two online courses to graduate …