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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

The politics of voting 'no' 

Passing a balanced state budget – determining how the taxpayers’ money should be spent on state services in the coming year – is the most basic task of the Idaho Legislature each year, one required by the state Constitution. But Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016


MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

Of vetoes, bill-signings and deadlines... 

Here’s an oddity: On Friday, April 8, I wrote that Gov. Butch Otter had signed his last bill from this year’s legislative session and allowed four others to become law without his signature. His office explained to me that once the session has adjourned sine die, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, from the time...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016


THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016




Tensions escalate over role of Idaho Attorney General 

Mounting tensions between Idaho lawmakers and the Attorney General's office have revealed a political power struggle over whether the state's elected officials should be able to pursue legal opinions that match their own interests, the AP reports. See a full rundown here from the Associated...

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Catching up on the news...

Among the news stories that happened during the week I’ve been gone: The Idaho Fish & Game Department’s annual wolf report came out, documenting 108 wolf packs across the state with an estimated 786 wolves among them. Officials said the number of gray wolves in...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016


Gov. Butch Otter, center discusses Idaho's just-concluded legislative session on Monday; from left are Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and on the right, House GOP Caucus Chair Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Meridian. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Otter lauds session's education advances

Here is Gov. Butch Otter’s full end-of-session statement, released at the end of his news conference today; Otter lauded legislative accomplishments on K-12 and higher education, STEM education, school safety, new mental health crisis centers and public defense reform: EDUCATION, K-THROUGH-CAREER EFFORTS ADVANCED BY 2016...

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The session that was; full story... 

Here’s my full Sunday story on this year’s legislative session, including North Idaho lawmakers’ and legislative leaders’ reflections on what did and didn’t get accomplished. BOISE – Idaho lawmakers addressed an array of long-festering issues in the legislative session they wrapped up Friday, from a...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016

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