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Eye on Boise: Idaho losing half its college grads within four years

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


GOP should consult states for a health care checkup

States realize erasing Obamacare with no alternative is bad medicine.


Gov. Otter proposes $30M plan for Idahoans in health coverage gap

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap …


Eye on Boise: Dissidents in Idaho GOP want to ‘denounce’ Otter for forming PAC

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Idaho Gov. Otter forms new PAC, aims to influence state races

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, no longer campaigning for re-election as he enters the second year of his third and final term, has formed a PAC, and will raise money for …


Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: Poll shows Idahoans not pining big for tax cuts

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Idaho pays more to Otter’s former top lawyer, now that he’s left state employment

Gov. Butch Otter’s former chief lawyer has been paid more by the state in the past two months than his annual salary when he left state employment in April - …


Court orders Idaho to pay CdA Tribe legal fees for instant racing case, but cuts amount

The Idaho Supreme Court has ordered the state of Idaho to pay attorney fees and costs to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in the instant racing case, but reduced the amount …


Editorial: Blocking refugees because of Paris attack wrong

Syrian passport found near terrorist becoming an excuse for halting refugee processing.


Eye on Boise: Idaho tax changes in the works

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Eye on Boise: Otter wants ‘instant racing’ back, but with restrictions

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug

Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under …


Idaho’s two GOP congressmen not on speaking terms

The news that Idaho’s two GOP congressmen haven’t spoken to each other in six months has drawn new attention to the rift between 1st District Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador and …


Idaho sues over Interior’s sage grouse ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though that ruling said endangered species protections …


Idaho weighs private leases of public land

BOISE – State officials are debating if they should allow groups to lease public land in a way that could prevent public access. A half-dozen times over the years, the …


Idaho anti-union law invalid, 9th Circuit Court rules

A federal appellate court has upheld an earlier ruling that an anti-union law passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011 was invalid. The law, which never took effect, banned “job …


9th Circuit rejects Idaho’s appeal over invalid anti-union law

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a federal district court ruling that an anti-union law passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011 was invalid because it conflicted …


Idaho Supreme Court rejects Otter veto; ‘instant racing’ machines banned

Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines operating at three Idaho locations – including the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls – are illegal, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Lawmakers …


Eye on Boise: Idaho board looks to rule out outlandish park names

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative …


Idaho wildfire season worst since 1926

BOISE – Fire conditions in Idaho are the worst they’ve been since 1926, the state forester reports, and things are only looking to get worse. In the past week, the …


Idaho Supreme Court weighs veto of instant racing bill

BOISE – Idaho Supreme Court justices appeared unconvinced Tuesday by arguments that they should stay out of a dispute over a botched veto of a gambling bill. At issue is …


Eye on Boise: Governor creates Idaho task force to battle hackers

Idaho’s state computer network is “constantly under attack,” according to Gov. Butch Otter’s office, and that’s why Otter has named a new Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. …


Eye on Boise: Idaho putting no limits on fishing in warm waters

Unlike neighboring states, Idaho’s not planning any fishing restrictions or closures due to warm water, according to state Fish and Game officials. “In many streams, what we’re seeing this year …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe loses Texas Hold ’Em appeal

Texas Hold ’Em isn’t allowed in Idaho, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe wants to offer the card game at its Worley casino, …


Idaho’s dividend from state lottery decreases

Idaho’s take from the state lottery has declined for the first time in 11 years. But it still provided a $45 million boost to the state’s spending on schools and …


Case questions Otter’s veto on instant racing bill

BOISE – Which matters more: what the state constitution says or what the Idaho Senate does? That’s the big question in legal arguments submitted to the Idaho Supreme Court in …


Otter tours site of Cape Horn fire

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter toured the Cape Horn fire Thursday, surveying the damage done by the 1,155-acre blaze near the lakeside town of Bayview. “Whenever we have a crisis in …


Eye on Boise: Schools could get $3 million a year more from endowment

Idaho schools could collect nearly $3 million a year more from the state’s endowment starting a year from now. Based on how investment returns are coming into Idaho’s endowment, the …


Idaho settles children’s mental health lawsuit that spanned 35 years

BOISE – After 18 months of negotiations, Idaho has agreed to settle the long-running Jeff D. lawsuit over children’s mental health services in the state, committing to remake its system …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe sues over instant racing ban veto

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to declare Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a bill banning instant racing invalid. The lawsuit, filed directly with …