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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Rep. Paulette Jordan resigns legislative seat to focus on campaign for governor

Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, announced today that she is resigning her legislative seat to focus full time on her campaign for governor. “It has been my privilege to be elected …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Some Idaho lawmakers remain leery of school science standards on climate change

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee on Thursday continued to balk at proposed new school science standards that deal with climate change, even as public testimony came in 100 …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Lawmaker: Time for Idaho to recognize breastfeeding is not indecent

Idaho is the only state with no legal protection for breastfeeding mothers, said Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene. So he’s proposing legislation to exempt nursing moms from the state’s indecent …


Eye on Boise: Otter’s higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Rep. Heather Scott helps lead unsuccessful move to derail routine tax bill over same-sex marriage

When a routine bill from the state Tax Commission came up for a vote in the Idaho House on Wednesday – to conform 2017 Idaho income tax laws to federal …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Moscow senator endorses end-times author for Congress

Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, on Wednesday endorsed conservative activist and end-times author Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry in Idaho’s 1st District GOP congressional primary, a race already crowded with a …


Eye on Boise: Hemming, hawing, and truck registration fees

The legislative interim committee charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho met again last week, after learning that its Nov. 9


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year

Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Idaho House committee kills disclosure bill

An Idaho House committee on Wednesday killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018

‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the …


Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage

Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Balukoff launches campaign, as Idaho faces contested primaries for governor in both parties

Businessman and longtime Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff launched his second run for governor of Idaho on Wednesday with an announcement in Pocatello, to be followed by stops in …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Idaho governor pitches tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.


Eye on Boise: Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals

Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight

Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017

Rep. Giddings receives stay in property tax case for military service

Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings has requested and received a stay until April 1, due to military service, of an Ada County notice ordering her to repay the county about …


Eye on Boise: Idaho businesses want 2016 noncompete law repealed

More than 100 Idaho business leaders, ranging from high-tech CEOs to small-business owners to engineers, marketers and manufacturers, have


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

Labrador critical of Russia election meddling probe

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador sharply questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s team assisted Russian meddling in last year’s campaign, joining other …


Eye on Boise: Labrador says Idaho’s government ‘needs to be slashed’

When Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, speaking via video, was asked to address tax policy last week at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, he said Idaho’s government “needs …


Coeur d’Alene meetings to draw input on Idaho health reform proposal

Idaho’s latest plan to address the state’s health coverage gap will be addressed in two public sessions in Coeur d’Alene, including an informational session on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls’ tax-cut plans have hefty price tags

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s tax-cut plan would cost Idaho’s state treasury roughly $900 million a year if he were elected governor.


Eye on Boise: Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over deficits to back tax cut

Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out against the GOP tax plan when …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Gary Ingram, father of Idaho’s Open Meeting Law, dies at age 84

Former Idaho state Rep. Gary Ingram, the author of the Idaho Open Meeting Law, has died at the age of 84.


Newly appointed Idaho lawmaker filed for bankruptcy in March

A newly appointed state senator in eastern Idaho is in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017

Eye on Boise: AG Lawrence Wasden finds Mar-a-Lago ‘interesting,’ not really his ‘style’

When Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who attended a mid-November Republican Attorney Generals Association meeting in Florida that included a reception and dinner at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s golf club and …


Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation

Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

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 …