Stories tagged: Shawn Keough
Thu., July 13, 2017
Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator
That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her …
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
Idaho’s longest-serving female senator to retire in 2018
The co-chair of Idaho’s powerful budget-setting committee says she won’t for re-election in 2018.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers approve $320 million-plus transportation funding package
Complex and controversial transportation legislation barely squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Tuesday and then cleared the Idaho House Tuesday evening, calling for a $320 million-plus investment in Idaho’s road …
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:25 a.m.
In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries
In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …
Sun., March 12, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers wrap up state agency budget-setting, focus on education
The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:48 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers plan big budget boost for fight against invasive mussels
Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday approved a whopping 40.2 percent increase in state funds for the Idaho Department of Agriculture next year, largely because of a big boost to a boat …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers OK emergency budget bill for anti-mussel boat inspection stations
Idaho lawmakers on Monday approved an emergency appropriation of $710,000 to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels, adding three new stations, dawn-to-dusk …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Idaho’s boat inspection program faces big budget shortfall
Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
Election-related harassment in North Idaho reflective of hardened political attitudes
Claims of election-related intimidation and harassment in Bonner and Boundary counties haven’t been confirmed by authorities, but for some local politicians, both Republican and Democrat, the claims are believable.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Politics heat up in Idaho’s District 1 legislative races
Controversial Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a first-term lawmaker who made a splash by visiting the occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon and displaying a Confederate battle flag …
Sun., July 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Huckleberries: Idaho’s driver’s license rules ageist
Councilman Dan English of Coeur d’Alene consoled himself last week while waiting and waiting – and waiting –for his turn to renew his driver’s license. At least, Dan thought, he …
Sun., May 22, 2016, 4 a.m.
Huckleberries: Closed Republican primary in Idaho attracts Democrats
The strategy by conservative hardliners to close the Idaho GOP primary may have backfired.
Wed., May 18, 2016, 4:50 p.m.
Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary
Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have …
Sun., 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 …
Tue., March 22, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Repeal of Idaho’s fee on hybrid cars may be dead
Legislation to repeal an unpopular $75 annual fee on hybrid vehicles that Idaho lawmakers passed last year may be dead for this year, unless House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer belatedly …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Idaho Senate passes bill to limit homeowner’s exemption
Idaho’s long-prized homeowner’s exemption from property tax would lose its inflation index, under legislation that won final passage in the state Senate late Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s …
Sun., Jan. 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
‘All business’ approach will compete with pre-election posturing in Idaho Legislature
BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, it will face a push-pull between two competing goals for the session: A desire for a quick, “all-business” session that wraps up …
Sun., May 17, 2015
Solving the puzzle of lawmakers’ differing airfares
Perhaps the most puzzling part of the Associated Press report last week that showed two North Idaho lawmakers were the biggest spenders on travel during the most recent legislative session …
Sun., April 19, 2015
Idaho lawmakers honor Sen. Shawn Keough’s milestone
BOISE – One North Idaho senator got a surprise on the final night of the legislative session – she was honored for becoming the longest-serving female senator in the history …
Wed., April 8, 2015
Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase
BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …
Sat., March 28, 2015
Idaho teachers get pay boost
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set a $1.48 billion public school budget on Friday, matching Gov. Butch Otter’s call for a 7.4 percent increase and fully funding the first year of …
Sun., March 22, 2015
Huckleberries: Kootenai GOP to discuss whether rights act has too much ‘religion’
The wacky Kootenai County Republicans are at it again. Last month, the Elephants were asked to approve a resolution requesting that Idaho be declared a “Christian state.” They shot that …
Fri., March 13, 2015
Schools’ savings mount after ending IEN deal
BOISE – The tally of savings from dumping the troubled Idaho Education Network continues to climb, as lawmakers received final figures Thursday showing school broadband costs dropped 37 percent and …
Wed., Feb. 18, 2015
Idaho pulling plug on broadband network
BOISE – The much-vaunted Idaho Education Network is officially defunct, state lawmakers declared Tuesday, as they approved new emergency funding for school districts to find their own vendors and buy …
Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
Eye on Boise: Ruling means ‘reset’ for school broadband plan
Idaho lawmakers are scrambling after a judge reaffirmed last week that the state’s $60 million contract for a broadband network that links every Idaho high school was issued illegally. The …
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Idaho Education Network audit raises questions
BOISE – A service audit of the Idaho Education Network is raising troubling questions about the pricey statewide broadband and videoconferencing network that links Idaho’s high schools. Looking specifically at …
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Idaho schools broadband contract extension through 2019 surprises lawmakers
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who agreed under pressure this week to pay $6.6 million to a broadband contractor say they were dismayed and alarmed to learn that the state last …
Thu., Jan. 23, 2014
Man job-shadowing Idaho senator also running for election
BOISE – A young man in a suit and tie who just turned 21 a month ago is job-shadowing Sen. Steven Thayn in the Idaho Senate this week – at …