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Idaho House backs move to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences

After a stormy debate, the Idaho House voted 46-20 on Monday to ease some of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences in cases where a judge finds imposing them would be a “manifest injustice” and there’s no danger to society. “We are not condoning drugs – we have to make that very, very clear here,” Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, told the House. But she said Idaho’s current mandatory minimum sentence laws define an offense as “drug trafficking” based solely on possession of certain quantities of specific drugs – and require lengthy prison terms even for first offenders and those who only had the drugs for personal use.

Two congressional hopefuls spar over drug sentencing laws in Idaho House committee

Two Idaho state representatives who are facing off in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat went head-to-head over drug sentencing laws this week, as the House Judiciary Committee sided with Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, and passed her bill over the objections of Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.

Malek, wife escape serious injury in Highway 95 crash

Idaho Rep. Luke Malek is feeling very lucky that he and wife Tara are alive and escaped serious injury in a horrific crash on Highway 95 north of Moscow on Saturday afternoon that totaled his pickup. “We’d be dead if we hadn’t been wearing our seatbelts,” said Malek, 35, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is running for Congress...

Malek makes it official: He’s running for 1st District congressional seat

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, has made it official: He’s running for the open 1st District congressional seat next year, the third big-name Republican to enter the race. “I’m running for Congress because we need a representative who will fight for Idaho’s future,” Malek said...

CdA Rep. Malek mulling run for 1st District congressional seat

Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t made a final decision, but he said Tuesday that he’s mulling a run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, which will open in 2018 when current Rep. Raul Labrador runs instead for governor.

Malek considering a run for 1st District congressional seat

Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t made a final decision, but he acknowledged today that he’s mulling a run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, which will open in 2018 when current Rep. Raul Labrador runs instead for governor. “The people of the...

Per diem dustup in Idaho raises questions, no easy answers

Legislative leaders say there's no easy solution to address questions surrounding how much Idaho lawmakers are entitled to receive toward their expenses. State legislators received a total of nearly $1 million in per diem payments this year — money they can spend however they want with no accountability. Scrutiny of the system increased this...