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Eye on Boise: Leroy says he’s moving to the congressional district where he’s running

Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, said one of the factors that prompted her to join the already crowded 1st District congressional race was that “I live in the district, which is …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Idaho businesses, industry, agencies, other groups come together at ‘Climate Summit’

Idaho’s economy already is being seriously impacted by climate change, said participants in a statewide, two-day “climate summit,” from increased agricultural pests and disease, to longer, smokier wildfire seasons, to …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Amid national debate over churches’ role in politics, Labrador touts pastor’s endorsement

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, is touting his endorsement by the pastor of a Coeur d’Alene church where Labrador recently held a large town hall-style …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Rep. Perry joins already crowded Idaho congressional race

Rep. Christy Perry says she’s officially entering the crowded race of candidates vying for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District seat.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Idaho’s October revenues took a hit as state made catch-up payment to Meridian developer

Idaho state tax revenues fell below forecasts in October for the first time this fiscal year, coming in $8 million short – and a quarter of the shortfall was because …


Eye on Boise: Former Sen. Schmidt says he’s decided against run for governor – at least for now

Former state Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician and outspoken advocate of improving health care in Idaho, says after much consideration, he’s decided against running for governor next year – …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Ada County’s rift with association almost costs Boise-area taxpayers big bucks

The Ada County Commission voted quickly and unanimously on Thursday to reverse its earlier decision to withdraw from Idaho’s Capital Crimes Defense Fund and refuse to sign a joint powers …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Idaho lawmakers study trucking taxes, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho – in the wake of a 2010 state report …


Eye on Boise: Ada County asks Rep. Giddings to repay homeowner’s exemption

Ada County is moving to collect back taxes from state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, for claiming a homeowner’s exemption for her Garden City home in 2016 while also claiming …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

Orval Hansen, 3-term Idaho congressman, dies at 91

Former three-term Idaho congressman Orval Hansen has died at the age of 91. A Republican, he was noted for helping establish the Idaho National Laboratory and the Sawtooth National Recreation …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

Balukoff, first major Dem, enters 2018 race for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, who ran as the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter in 2014, filed his paperwork Thursday to begin fundraising for another run for governor of Idaho in 2018.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Ted Cruz endorses Labrador for Idaho governor in 2018

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced Wednesday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is endorsing Labrador for governor of Idaho in 2018.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

Idaho’s $70 million Medicaid transport contract to end early after disputes

A controversial $70 million state contract to drive Idaho Medicaid patients to non-emergency doctor and therapy appointments will end early, amid disputes between the state and the provider, Veyo, about …


Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Mitt Romney endorses Ahlquist for governor of Idaho in 2018

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018.


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: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine …



Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.


Eye on Boise: County GOP central committee decries one of GOP guv hopefuls

The same Kootenai County GOP committee that recently condemned Idaho GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo for backing sanctions against Russia has passed a resolution blasting Tommy Ahlquist, one …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Plans for conservative ‘Freedom Caucus’ in Idaho House on hold amid dissension

The co-sponsor of a new legislative caucus for Idaho’s House conservatives said the effort has temporarily stalled, largely because certain “far-right” lawmakers seem unwilling to work toward consensus.


Eye on Boise: Record suggests Risch could surprise

What might Idaho Sen. Jim Risch be like as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress? Jim Weatherby, BSU professor emeritus and …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017

Otter tabs Melinda Smyser as new state labor chief

Melinda Smyser, current regional director for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and a former state senator from Parma, was named director of the Idaho Department of Labor on Friday by Gov. …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Idaho’s Risch could chair Senate Foreign Relations if GOP holds Senate in 2018

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch’s name was being bandied about in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as the possible next chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with current Chairman Bob Corker, …


Eye on Boise: Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Residency questions raised about controversial north-central Idaho lawmaker

A controversial north-central Idaho legislator, who’s made her mark as an extreme stickler for the rules, may not have been qualified to run for the office she holds because she …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

Idaho officials pitch new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho officials said Thursday they have found a creative solution to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage while simultaneously limiting the state’s ongoing health …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017

CdA’s political waters calm, as mayor, council go uncontested in November

Despite a history of hard-fought campaigns and an unsuccessful but bitter recall attempt against the mayor and council just five years ago, Coeur d’Alene’s city elections are looking much different …


Eye on Boise: Idaho delegation splits on hurricane relief, government funding bill

When Congress quickly and overwhelmingly passed a Hurricane Harvey relief and government funding bill late last week, it did so with the backing of only half of Idaho’s congressional delegation.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Senate Judiciary backs Bart Davis as Idaho’s next U.S. Attorney; sends nomination to full Senate

The nomination of Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis to be the state’s next U.S. Attorney cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a unanimous voice vote, and now …