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The tale of the tie…

Fourth-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has tried to carry on a tradition passed down to him from former Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, of wearing a different tie each day of the legislative session, and never a repeat. That requires lots of ties, and...

Lawmakers’ travel expenses for 2017 session came to $107,000

Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for this year's travel reimbursements for the 105 state lawmakers...

Idaho House reluctantly votes to repeal invalidated anti-abortion laws

Legislation to repeal two Idaho laws forbidding abortion-inducing drugs from being prescribed via telemedicine – after a court found the 2015 laws unconstitutional – passed the Idaho House Wednesday on a 52-18 vote, after a debate that left some representatives in tears.

Shout down Idaho lawmaker’s secrecy bid

Under Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri’s abomination, not only would the public be unable to unearth what their public servants are up to outside of public hearings, they couldn’t discern who might be seeking favors.

Idaho bill seeks to block lawmaker emails from public view

All emails, texts and other communications between members of the Idaho Legislature would be considered private and blocked from public disclosure under a proposal introduced Wednesday, the AP reports. The measure would create a massive change to the Idaho Public Records Act by shielding...

Barbieri, Redman seek re-election in HD2 races

North Idaho’s Legislative District 2 is among the most conservative in the state, and GOP incumbents Vito Barbieri and Eric Redman are hoping to keep it that way. Both face Democratic challengers in November, with longtime area teacher Kathy Kahn challenging Barbieri, and Richard Kohles, a former Post Falls school board member, challenging Redman.