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UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Idaho GOP candidate supports threat of death penalty to stop abortions

A Republican lieutenant governor candidate on Tuesday softened his stance that women who get an abortion should be punished if it is ever criminalized in Idaho, a day after saying …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve school science standards in full – with no deletions on climate change

An Idaho Senate committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve new school science standards as is and not delete any parts – ending three years of controversy and debate.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Idaho lawmaker apologizes for inappropriate training comment

A northern Idaho lawmaker who is trying to become elected as the state’s lieutenant governor said Tuesday he apologized to seven fellow legislators for making an inappropriate comment during an …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Boat wakes, illegal buoys on the Spokane River cause a splash that ripples all the way to Boise

There are more than 70 illegal, unpermitted buoys on the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Post Falls Dam that homeowners have put out to try to slow …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Rep. Cheatham to seek Nonini’s Senate seat, as Nonini runs for lieutenant governor

Second-term Idaho state Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, announced Monday that he’ll run for the open Senate seat in his district that’s being vacated by Sen. Bob Nonini’s run for …


Eye on Boise: Bob Nonini says he’s the most conservative in race for lieutenant governor

North Idaho Sen. Bob Nonini, asked why he decided to join the now five-way race for lieutenant governor in 2018, went directly after one of the four Republicans already in …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

N. Idaho senator joins lieutenant governor race

A northern Idaho lawmaker is joining the race to win the state’s open lieutenant governor seat in 2018.


Huckleberries: You can be a good person and still eat liver and onions

Believe it or not, liver and onions is a popular dish at Rustler’s Roost in Hayden. Restaurant owner Woody McEvers says he has customers drop in for the meal on …


Republican Idaho lawmaker bloc often votes ‘no’ on appropriations

Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.


Idaho Senate backs contentious charter school contract bill

Charter schools would no longer be required to use the same teacher contracts as other public schools under a new bill that has cleared the Idaho Senate.


‘All business’ approach will compete with pre-election posturing in Idaho Legislature

BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, it will face a push-pull between two competing goals for the session: A desire for a quick, “all-business” session that wraps up …


Solving the puzzle of lawmakers’ differing airfares

Perhaps the most puzzling part of the Associated Press report last week that showed two North Idaho lawmakers were the biggest spenders on travel during the most recent legislative session …


Idaho lawmakers approve state STEM center

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have agreed to set up a STEM Action Center, a new state office under Gov. Butch Otter that would coordinate efforts from schools and industry to …


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 …


Instant racing ban passes Idaho Senate

BOISE – An effort to outlaw slot machine-like betting terminals being used in Post Falls and elsewhere cleared the Idaho Senate on Tuesday. The move followed emotional debate over the …


Tempers flare as repeal of ‘instant racing’ law passes to Idaho Senate

BOISE – With feelings running high over “instant racing” in Idaho, two 80-somethings nearly came to blows in a Statehouse hallway Wednesday after a Senate committee voted to repeal the …


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers’ fear, as seen in salamander saga, has real effects

It’s all well and good for those of us here on earth to make fun of Idaho’s lawmakers for their rejection of an eighth-grader’s request to declare the Idaho giant …


Idaho state senator wants ISP to conduct instant racing investigation

A state senator from Coeur d’Alene says he thinks the Idaho State Police is the right agency to investigate the legality of slot-like machines known as instant horse racing terminals …


In latest example of GOP split, Idaho governor backs challengers to five incumbents

BOISE – Republican legislators rejecting their party’s incumbent governor for Tuesday’s primary election now face a powerful obstacle in their re-election bids. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed candidates in …


Otter endorses primary challengers to four North Idaho GOP incumbents

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed candidates in 22 legislative primary races - including five challengers to current GOP incumbents, four of them from North Idaho.


Rifts in North Idaho GOP seen in primaries

Republicans in North Idaho have splintered into bitterly divided factions, and some say the cracks have to close if the region’s dominant party aims to make progress on education and …


Huckleberries: Nonini-Whalen campaign trail hits nasty patch

That Facebook post by state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, didn’t stay up long – you know, the one in which he blasted opponent Pat Whalen for picking on Nonini’s …


Eye on Boise: Backup legislators set to substitute

When the Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, it’ll have two unaccustomed faces in its midst: substitutes designated by North Idaho lawmakers to fill in for them short-term due to health …


Eye on Boise: Slow growth seen in timber market

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has approved a timber sale plan for 2014 that calls for harvesting 249 million board feet from state endowment lands, the highest logging level …


Health worker protection bill fails

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to make attacking a health care worker a felony – a measure requested in part by Kootenai Medical Center, which says violent …


Idaho private school tuition tax credits bill dies

BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee has killed legislation to grant $10 million a year in tax credits for donations for scholarships to private schools, a plan Coeur d’Alene Sen. …


Tuition tax credits bill passes Idaho House

BOISE – The Idaho House narrowly approved a $10 million program to provide tax credits to businesses and individuals who fund scholarships for private and religious schools. Supporters say the …


Eye on Boise: Private school tax break plan heads to House vote

BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he believes his bill to provide $10 million a year in tax credits for scholarships to private schools would prompt 2,622 Idaho …


Idaho Senate says yes to heavier trucks, more routes

BOISE – Any route in Idaho other than interstate freeways would potentially be fair game for extra-heavy trucks under legislation that passed the Idaho Senate on Wednesday. Numerous North Idaho …


Extra-big trucks get approval of panel

BOISE – Despite opposition from numerous North Idaho elected officials, an Idaho Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to allow extra-heavy trucks on roads statewide. Under the bill, proposed …