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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Wasden to seek re-election as Attorney General, not join crowds running for governor, Congress

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday that he’ll run for another term as attorney general next year – quashing speculation that he might jump into the already hotly contested …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Ahlquist calls for term limits, ethics reforms in Idaho

Idaho’s top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist declared Tuesday as he unveiled a 10-point plan for ethics reforms.


With tears and laughter, Idahoans recall Cecil Andrus

Laughter mixed with tears last week, as Idahoans remembered the late Cecil Andrus, the state’s longest-serving governor and a proud Democrat who nevertheless counted Republicans among his closest friends and …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Andrus remembered: ‘He liked being Cece Andrus, and who wouldn’t?’

Longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus’ life and legacy were celebrated and remembered by an overflow crowd of more than 1300 at Boise State University on Thursday, with friends, families, fans …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

Former Gov. Cecil Andrus lying in state in the Idaho Capitol

Crowds stood respectfully in front of the Idaho state Capitol on Wednesday as former longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus made his final trip into the building, where he is lying …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Lawmakers: Idaho ‘uniquely poised’ to stiffen campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements

Idaho is “uniquely poised” to make major improvements in its public disclosure system, state lawmakers on a special panel said Monday, from requiring more and more frequent reports from candidates, …


Eye on Boise: Idaho prisons agree to provide kosher meals to Jewish inmates

Under a settlement agreement and court order, the Idaho Department of Correction is being required to offer a new kosher diet to state prisoners in all its prisons after four …


Carlson: ‘So Long, Cece’

When Cecil Andrus first ran for governor in 1966, his campaign manager was Leo Krulitz, a brilliant young attorney from Mullan, a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law. He came …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

Remembering Cecil Andrus: Death prompts outpouring of remembrance, tributes

The death of longtime former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus late Thursday prompted an outpouring of grief, remembrances and tributes from all sides of the political spectrum on Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

Cecil Andrus, Idaho icon who championed wildnerness and kindergarten, dies at 85

Cecil Andrus, Idaho’s longest-serving governor, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Democrat and champion of wilderness and the Idaho outdoors, died late Thursday after a battle with cancer, the night …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Idaho Sen. Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared today that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

BSU President Kustra not stepping down, despite Rep. Labrador’s call

Longtime Boise State University President Bob Kustra hasn’t announced any plans to step down in the wake of a call by 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador for Kustra’s resignation, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Rep. Scott says her white nationalism post on Facebook was intended to ‘promote conversation’

Rep. Heather Scott sent a scathing statement to the Bonner Daily Bee on Tuesday defending her Facebook post about white nationalism, saying it was intended to “promote conversation” about the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

Malek is in: CdA state lawmaker is running for Congress

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, has made it official: He’s running for the open 1st District congressional seat next year, the third big-name Republican to enter the race.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott defends white nationalists in Facebook post

North Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, in a Facebook post on Sunday, defended white nationalists in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, a day earlier, posting that a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Otter condemns violent white supremacy, calls on Labrador to do the same – and Labrador does

Asked about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday recalled Idaho’s own experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Crapo, Simpson, Risch condemn racist violence; Labrador stays mum

Three of the four members of Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation have spoken out strongly against the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, condemning racism and white supremacy as counter to …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Idaho governor still recovering from surgeries at home

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is continuing to recover at home following two surgeries and a subsequent infection.


Eye on Boise: A fifth of Labrador’s fundraising is for general, not primary election

Of the $309,046 that Raul Labrador has raised for his run for 2018 governor so far, $65,000 – more than 20 percent – is designated for the general election, not …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Dems won’t re-file lawsuit, but still want Idaho voter data withheld from Trump panel

The Idaho Democratic Party has decided not to re-file its lawsuit seeking to block Secretary of State Lawerence Denney from releasing voter data to President Trump’s election integrity commission, but …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP …


Eye on Boise: Ahlquist touts fundraising in Idaho governor race

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Idaho Gov. Otter released from hospital after nearly 2 weeks

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was released from the hospital Thursday after being admitted on July 14 for his second back surgery in a week, and then remaining hospitalized for treatment …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Little says if he’s elected Idaho governor, ‘Idaho will act’ on health care

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little unveiled a series of proposals on health care, the economy and regulation on Wednesday, saying they’re things he’d enact if elected governor in 2018.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Kootenai County GOP condemns sanctions, praises Russia for resisting ‘progressive globalist agenda’

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee narrowly passed a resolution on Tuesday night favoring friendlier relations with Russia and condemning the Russian sanctions bill that was sponsored by Idaho GOP …


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

North Idaho Rep. Redman won’t seek another term, will ‘term-limit’ himself

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year.


Eye on Boise: Vermont’s new disclosure law makes Idaho one of just two states without

Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Idaho Rep. Labrador stops paying wife salary from campaign

After keeping her on the campaign payroll since his first term in Congress, Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador stopped paying his wife, Becca, a $2,022 monthly salary on …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

The Idaho Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday afternoon, upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries.