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Lawmakers question Ybarra’s engagement, absences during legislative session

Key education lawmakers say they rarely met with state superintendent Sherri Ybarra during the 2018 legislative session, and that Ybarra’s lack of engagement hinders her effectiveness, Idaho EdNews reports. The House co-chair of the joint budget committee said she met with Ybarra just once during the...

Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House rather than debated and voted up or down on Wednesday, “There’s no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare.”

Idaho reaction to Risch: ‘An insult to the people of Idaho and the nation’

Here’s some of the reaction in Idaho on Friday to Sen. Jim Risch’s move Thursday to try to strip out the renaming of the White Clouds Wilderness in Idaho for the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus – which delayed the Senate’s vote on the must-pass budget bill until after midnight, forcing some senators to be rousted from bed for the vote and throwing into disarray the travel plans of other senators who had official overseas congressional delegation trips scheduled to depart on Thursday night.

Idaho’s legislative session to extend into next week

Plans for Idaho’s legislative session to wrap up this week went awry on Thursday, when the House Republican Caucus insisted it wants to extend the session for a full five days after the final bills are presented to the governor, to give lawmakers a chance to try to override any veto.