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Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary

Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have something in common: They’re all among the top 10 scorers in the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s “Freedom Index.” The conservative lobbying group launched a new campaigning arm this year, Idaho Freedom Action, and pushed hard to boost lawmakers like these three and take out other Republicans it deemed too moderate. But the push largely failed.

Sen. Nuxoll’s campaign funds nearly all from outside her district

Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, filed her campaign finance report, and it shows that of the $6,200 in campaign contributions she’s raised since Jan. 1, just one contribution for $250 came from within her district; that was from KBC Transport LLC of Kooskia. All the...

Eye on Boise: Tearful Idahoans push for Medicaid expansion

BOISE – Hundreds of people filled the state Capitol’s largest hearing room Friday morning to press for expanding Medicaid to help Idahoans who don’t have health insurance, reforming the state’s foster care system, raising reimbursements to Medicaid service providers and more. Medicaid expansion was by far the most-sought change, with people from around the state, many fighting tears, sharing heart-wrenching stories of their or their family members’ experiences with uncovered illness, both physical and mental.

Child support bill killed by Idaho legislators fearful of Islamic law

An Idaho House panel voted 9-8 on Friday to kill legislation to bring the state into compliance with federal child-support collection rules after some lawmakers said they were concerned about foreign Sharia law influencing the state's enforcement authority.

Eye on Boise: Bill limiting kids’ use of tanning beds heads to governor

After years of debate, lawmakers have sent legislation limiting children’s use of artificial tanning beds to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk.   HB 177 passed the Senate late last week on a 23-12 vote. Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said it matches new restrictions on tanning beds, which are linked to skin cancer, particularly for the young, to existing restrictions in Idaho on youngsters getting tattoos, piercings or brandings. “Thirteen and under, you just don’t do it,” Hagedorn said. “Between 14 and 18, you get parental consent. And that’s worked very well for these things; I think it’ll work very well here.”

Idaho state senator defies call for apology to Hindus

BOISE – An array of religious leaders is calling for an Idaho state senator to apologize for her comments this week that Hinduism “is a false faith with false gods.” But not only is Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll refusing to apologize, she added new assertions Friday, including a suggestion that the Hindu population is prone to terminating pregnancies and killing newborns.

Seven Idaho senators skip Hindu prayer

BOISE – Seven Idaho senators remained outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered the chamber’s first Hindu invocation, then took their seats immediately after it was done. Three said their absences were unrelated to the prayer – they were just running late from other meetings. But three said they stayed away on purpose, and a fourth questioned why a Christian prayer wasn’t offered as well.