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Luke Malek navigates Republican politics, Kootenai County-style

A popular, well-respected second-term North Idaho lawmaker barely squeaked through the GOP primary against an unknown newcomer. But that’s how politics work these days in heavily GOP but still much-divided …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

Eye on Boise: Counties back closing coverage gap

Eye on Boise column for Sunday: Counties back closing coverage gap


Idaho says CdA Tribe missed deadline to collect legal fees in instant racing case

The state of Idaho contends the Coeur d’Alene Tribe was one day late for a filing deadline on its $95,000 in attorney fees in the instant racing case; the tribe …


Idaho lawmakers pledge to open up tax discussions

Idaho lawmakers say there will be no more secret meetings of a group working on state tax policy – all meetings from this point on will be open to the …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers tax talks draw criticism

Watchers of the Idaho Legislature are reeling over the news that a panel of state lawmakers from both houses has been meeting all summer to discuss tax policy and tax …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Crapo holding town-hall meetings across Idaho

BOISE – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is in the midst of an unprecedented series of town-hall meetings across Idaho, hitting towns large and small, talking about the national debt and …


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: 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 …


Idaho sees more school Internet savings

BOISE – The savings are continuing to mount after the demise of the Idaho Education Network. The service, aimed at providing broadband Internet, videoconferencing and other services to every high …


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 …


Ex-Muslim pastor stokes fear and controversy in Idaho

After listening to Shahram Hadian speak for over an hour about Islam as a rising menace in America, Alton Howell stepped outside the log-built community hall in Sandpoint and quickly …


Idaho ag-gag law challenged in federal court

BOISE – When Idaho lawmakers passed the state’s “ag gag” law in 2014, criminalizing surreptitious videotaping of agricultural operations, they said they were targeting “agri-terrorism” and “extremists” who target “our …


Longtime Idaho public servant Frank Henderson dies

Former Idaho state Rep. Frank Henderson has died after a long life of public service that included Kootenai County commissioner, mayor of Post Falls and 10 years in the Idaho …


Editorial: Legislative committee’s action threatens Idaho child support system

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter must call the Legislature back into session. If he does not do so at his scheduled news conference Thursday, the good work done on schools and …


Idaho lawmakers get ethics training

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers will undergo four hours of ethics training today, in a mandatory session for all 105 senators and representatives. It’s the second straight year the mandatory ethics …


Idaho Fish and Game seeks to raise license, tag costs

About 750,000 Idaho residents, or nearly 47 percent of the state’s population, consider themselves hunters or anglers. Yet less than half of them buy hunting or fishing licenses each year. …


Betsy Z. Russell: Recount confirms results of Stevenson, Rudolph race

The recount has been completed in the District 6 Idaho House race in Nez Perce County, and the outcome was the same as it was on election night: Freshman Rep. …


Eye on Boise: Leadership changes coming to Legislature

When the Idaho Legislature convenes its organizational session on Dec. 4, six committee chairmanships and two leadership posts will be up for grabs. In the Senate, Education Committee Chairman John …


Idaho college instructor wounded when concealed handgun discharges in classroom

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho State University instructor was wounded in the foot after a concealed handgun in the person’s pocket discharged during a chemistry lab session with students …


Timing of Denney committee tour raises eyebrows

The Federal Lands Interim Committee, a joint legislative interim committee co-chaired by Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, has scheduled a seventh public hearing, this one in …


Idaho judge sentences, praises ‘Add the 4 Words’ rights protesters

BOISE – An Idaho judge sentenced two dozen gay-rights protesters arrested at the state Capitol this year and offered them this message: “I respect your courage in doing what you …


Coeur d’Alene had top score for crisis center

COEUR d’ALENE - North Idaho lawmakers opposing a bill to fund three mental health crisis centers is part of the reason Coeur d’Alene didn’t get a $1.5 million behavioral-health crisis …


Idaho taking over water pollution permitting from feds

BOISE – Despite Idaho’s vaunted distaste for the federal government, it’s one of just four states where getting a permit for dumping pollutants into waterways requires dealing with the federal …


Idaho relaxes software taxes

BOISE – Multimillion-dollar software installations by corporations will be tax-free in Idaho on July 1, while downloads of e-books or entertainment software will still be taxed under a new law …


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 …


NIC student brought gun to class, police say

While Idaho lawmakers mull a bill to loosen gun bans on college campuses, Coeur d’Alene police arrested a North Idaho College student Monday for taking a concealed handgun into a …