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Idaho’s presidential electors to cast votes at Statehouse

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney say the state’s four Republican electors will meet next week to cast their ballots for the president of …


Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …


With no governor’s mansion, Idaho to continue paying Gov. Otter $54,000 a year to live at home

Idaho remains one of just six states with no governor’s mansion, and a state committee decided Monday to continue paying a $4,500-per-month housing stipend to the governor until that changes.


Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: With Otter in Hawaii, Denney gets a chance to preside over Idaho Land Board

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney got his first chance to preside over a state Land Board meeting last week, as Gov. Butch Otter was in Hawaii for a conference …


In Coeur d’Alene stop, Idaho governor ‘bullish’ on Trump presidency

Running on little sleep after a trade mission to China followed by Tuesday’s election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was buoyant Wednesday about a Donald Trump presidency, the state’s open-for-business economy …


Idaho Gov. Otter stands by Trump, ‘the best candidate’ for president

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who with First Lady Lori Otter is serving as honorary co-chair of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Idaho, said Tuesday that he’s standing by Trump, …


Priest Lake cabin sites to be auctioned Friday

Four unleased, state-owned lakefront cabin sites on Priest Lake will be put up for public auction this Friday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, with bidding starting around half a million …


Idaho officials vote to auction off state-owned commercial properties

Idaho’s top elected officials voted Tuesday to auction off nine state-owned commercial properties, five of them in downtown Boise near the Capitol – even as another state official warned the …


Eye on Boise: Butch and Lori Otter to be honorary Trump chairs for Idaho

Gov. Otter and first lady will chair Trump campaign in Idaho


Feds seek to join suit against Idaho’s public defense system

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson are requesting to weigh in on a class-action lawsuit against Idaho’s public defense system.


Eye on Boise: Top Idaho officials disagree on ballot measure to amend state constitution

Idaho’s top state elected officials got into something of a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers have approved this year for the November ballot, during last week’s state Land …


Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law

Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho …


Idaho governor faces deadline to sign, veto remaining bills

Gov. Butch Otter has until the end of Friday to approve or kill any remaining bills passed by Idaho’s Republican-controlled Statehouse this year. As of Friday morning, the third-term governor …


Otter vetoes Bible-in-schools bill for fear of ‘costly litigation’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a Bible-in-schools bill on Tuesday, saying it violates the Idaho Constitution and could result in “costly litigation for Idaho public schools.”


Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …


Idaho Gov. Butch Otter lets bill forbidding local minimum wage hikes become law without his signature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has allowed legislation forbidding local voters, cities or counties from raising the minimum wage to become law without his signature, saying he was “philosophically torn” over …


Otter signs bill to cap homeowner’s exemption

Without comment, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law


Most high-profile Idaho Republicans say they’d back Trump if he’s nominated

Among high-profile elected Republicans in Idaho, Donald Trump isn’t a popular first-choice. But most say they’re willing to vote for him if he wins the GOP nomination. Here’s a breakdown …


Coeur d’Alene magistrate appointed 1st district judge

Magistrate Judge Scott Wayman of Coeur d’Alene has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the recent retirement of 1st District Judge Fred Gibler. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced …


Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.


Gov. Otter declares disaster following landslide

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for Idaho County following a landslide.


Idaho’s first medical school to open in 2018

Idaho, which ranks 49th in the nation for its number of doctors per capita, will get its first medical school, Gov. Butch Otter announced Thursday.


Idaho Gov. Otter endorses Kasich for president, joins campaign

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined Kasich’s campaign as a national co-chair.


Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state.


Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption

Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.


Tax conformity bill headed to governor’s desk

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years.


Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills

Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.


Matt Forge: Healthy Idaho Plan a lifesaver for rural hospitals

Without help, many of Idaho’s small communities will lose access to health care.


Otter wants boost for Idaho schools, higher education

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gives his State of the State and budget address to a joint session of the Legislature today, laying out his agenda for the session.


‘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 …