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Eye on Boise: Idaho legislators take turns wearing Barbieri’s colorful necktie

Fourth-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has tried to carry on a tradition passed down to him from former Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, of wearing a different tie each …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Idaho House debates, kills nullification bill; North Idaho lawmakers split

The Idaho House on Monday, after much debate, killed legislation proposed by Rep. Paul Shepherd declaring that Idaho lawmakers can void federal laws and court decisions, and attempting to set …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Idaho bill to designate huckleberry pie as official state dessert has ‘pie-partisan’ support

An eastern Idaho fourth-grade class wants huckleberry pie to be designated as the official state dessert, and an Idaho House committee – despite some dissent – agreed to introduce the …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers say they want to ease state licensing rules

More than a dozen GOP lawmakers announced last week that they’re forming a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee” to examine the rules and regulations of state occupational licensing boards and look …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Idaho House committee kills disclosure bill

An Idaho House committee on Wednesday killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a


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 …


Key Idaho lawmaker: Vito Barbieri

Vito Barbieri Hometown: Dalton Gardens


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters

The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho House reluctantly votes to repeal invalidated anti-abortion laws

Legislation to repeal two Idaho laws forbidding abortion-inducing drugs from being prescribed via telemedicine – after a court found the 2015 laws unconstitutional – passed the Idaho House Wednesday on …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Reluctant Idaho lawmakers forward a bill to outlaw gambling machines that bring $3 million a year to state coffers

A reluctant House State Affairs Committee voted 10-5 Thursday to forward legislation to outlaw the Idaho Lottery’s “TouchTab” vending machines to the full House, but without the customary recommendation that …


UPDATED: Mon., 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.


Races in heavily GOP district feature conservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri

North Idaho’s legislative District 2 is among the most conservative in the state, and GOP incumbents Vito Barbieri and Eric Redman are hoping to keep it that way.


Eye on Boise: Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district

No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. …


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 House overwhelmingly OKs school budget, though Barbieri worries taxpayers can’t afford it

A public school budget that makes way for a 7.4 percent funding increase passed the Idaho House overwhelmingly on Monday, though one North Idaho lawmaker voted against all seven pieces …


Huckleberries: At least she knows female anatomy

Democrat Kathy (Kraack) Kahn says she’s has a distinct advantage over Republican incumbent Vito Barbieri: She knows how a female’s anatomy works. During the 2015 session, Barbieri, a Republican legislator …


Eye on Boise: Idaho homeowner’s exemption could lose inflation index

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


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 …


Huckleberries: Near-disaster at Christmas showed me Frank Henderson’s calm

My favorite personal story about the late Frank Henderson involves a holiday invitation that he and his late first wife, Lillian, extended to my family in December 1986. Mrs. O, …


Eye on Boise: Rep. Barbieri hosts lunch on ‘True Face of Islam’

After gathering more than a dozen lawmakers for lunch in a Statehouse meeting room last week to hear a presentation titled “The True Face of Islam in Idaho,” Rep. Vito …


Idaho ban on ‘instant racing’ one step closer

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers shot down a plan for a new state Gaming Commission on Thursday, and instead advanced to the full House a proposal to ban “instant racing” – …


Huckleberries: In battle of wits, Barbieri fell on his own sword

Last week wasn’t an easy one for uberconservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. He made headlines from the Northwest to the New York Times for a question he asked …


Shawn Vestal: Too quick to mock lawmaker for anatomy query

As someone who initially gloried in the apparent idiocy of Vito Barbieri and his tiny-camera question, I think it might be time for a second opinion: Vito was wronged. Barbieri …


Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri’s abortion question stirs up social media

BOISE – A North Idaho lawmaker drew national attention Monday when he received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for …


Lawmakers rebuke proposal to increase fines for violating Open Meeting Law

BOISE – A sharp increase in fines for violating the Idaho Open Meeting Law proposed by a representative from Idaho Falls ran into a buzz saw of opposition Thursday. Rep. …


University of Idaho president proposes pay increase, tuition freeze

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made waves in Boise last week by asking lawmakers to fully fund the 3 percent raises proposed for university employees next year – and …


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers’ fear, as seen in salamander saga, has real effects

It’s all well and good for those of us here on earth to make fun of Idaho’s lawmakers for their rejection of an eighth-grader’s request to declare the Idaho giant …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene tree trim reveals open vista

Coeur d’Alene no longer has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding a clear-cut of trees along its waterfront Dike Road. But the city is busy removing dozens of pines …


In latest example of GOP split, Idaho governor backs challengers to five incumbents

BOISE – Republican legislators rejecting their party’s incumbent governor for Tuesday’s primary election now face a powerful obstacle in their re-election bids. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed candidates in …


Idaho lawmakers could lose wage garnishment protection

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers would lose a long-standing protection from wage garnishment if legislation introduced Thursday becomes law. Lawmakers and other elected officials are exempt from having their wages garnished …