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Eye On Boise Add the Words archive



Last-ditch effort to add LGBT protections in Idaho dashed 

A surprise rule technicality blocked Idaho's House Democrats attempts to add last-minute legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination. House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding said Thursday that his caucus was planning on submitting an amendment...

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"Add the 4 Words" protesters line a state Capitol hallway on Monday (Betsy Russell)

'Add the 4 Words' protesters return to Capitol

“Add the Words” protesters have returned to the Idaho Capitol today, with nearly 30, dressed in black, lining a Statehouse basement hallway, standing silently, each holding a sign with a message about how gay or transgender Idahoans are impacted by the state’s current lack of...

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015


Protesters face arrest in the Idaho Senate chamber on Monday (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Of protests, arrests, compromise and time... 

Here’s a link to my full story at on today’s nearly two dozen arrests of “Add the 4 Words” protesters at the state Capitol, as talk swirls around the statehouse about possible compromise legislation and whether there’s time to consider it this year or...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

Julie Zicha, whose gay son committed suicide four years ago, is comforted by Gretchen Bates on Thursday as an Idaho House committee votes 13-4 against legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

HB 2 killed on straight party-line vote 13 

The amended substitute motion, to send HB 2 to the full House with no recommendation, has failed on a straight party-line vote, with the committee’s four Democrats voting in favor, and the 13 Republicans against. As the committee moved on to the substitute motion –...

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Debate: 'I will be kinder' 

As the House State Affairs Committee debates the three pending motions regarding HB 2, the "Add the Words" bill, here are some of their comments: Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, said he’s learned much from the three-day hearing on bill. “From this point on and...

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Crowd filters in for Thursday morning's vote on HB 2 (Betsy Russell)

Stage set for HB 2 vote this morning...

People are filtering in to the Lincoln Auditorium in the Capitol this morning for the House State Affairs Committee meeting; the panel is scheduled to vote on HB 2 after three days of hearings. Monday through Wednesday, 190 people testified on the bill, 134 in...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

Eye On Boise

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