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  • Republican Idaho lawmaker bloc often votes ‘no’ on appropriations

    Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.


  • 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 …


  • Seven Idaho senators skip Hindu prayer

    BOISE – Seven Idaho senators remained outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered the chamber’s first Hindu invocation, then took their seats immediately after …


  • Hindu prayer should not be allowed in Senate, Idaho lawmaker says

    BOISE – A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate this morning and says he’ll walk out. “They have …


  • North Idaho loses power in new Legislature

    BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, it’ll have just one committee chairman from North Idaho: new House Business Committee Chairman Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens. “I look …


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate backs veto-override amendment

    With little debate, the Senate on Friday voted 28-6 in favor of Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to empower the House speaker and the Senate president pro-tem to order …


  • Idaho lawmakers have deal on new schools budget

    BOISE – A new $1.3 billion Idaho public schools budget built by legislators this week is poised to pass a final vote today. The compromise version has been embraced by …


  • Senator backs paying foster parents more

    BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …


  • Idaho looks at boosting low pay for foster care

    Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday, he said he saw a budget request that he views …


  • North Idaho gains clout on budget committee

    BOISE – Lawmakers from Lewiston and points north will take up eight of the 20 seats on the Idaho Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee when the 2013 session convenes in …


  • Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

    The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates …


  • Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

    Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil …


  • Idaho candidate pushes tax-paying pledge

    Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to …


  • Tax hike/cut proposal falls short

    BOISE – Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase but also for any fee hike or the reduction …


  • Idaho Senators offer new District 2

    BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two …


  • That sign clearly not from God

    So there I was minding my own business on a return trip from church at 1:15 Sunday afternoon when I saw a friendly man with short-cropped hair and a sign …

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