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Secretary of State: Idaho GOP did not violate campaign laws

The Secretary of State’s office says the Idaho Republican Party did not violate the state’s campaign laws while creating a political attack ad against House Minority Leader John Rusche.


Eye on Boise: Departing Idaho Sen. Dan Schmidt made his mark on budgets

When Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, took the lead on crafting the state’s complex Health and Welfare budgets four years ago, there was a “very steep learning curve,” the longtime physician …


Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise

If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …


‘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 …


Idaho bill raises gas tax, cuts grocery sales tax and credit

BOISE – Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho’s tax system – lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from …


Bill calls for inspector general office to be created in Idaho

BOISE – With tens of millions in legal fees, contract bailouts, settlements and more adding up for the state, it’s time for Idaho to create an office of inspector general …


Idaho lawmakers to receive formal ethics training

BOISE – After a string of ethical lapses and questions about Idaho lawmakers’ conduct, new lawmakers will face something unprecedented when they arrive in Boise for their organizational session next …


Eye on Boise: Labrador urges governor not to implement exchanges

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has joined U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a group of other national lawmakers in signing a letter urging …


Democrats roll out proposal for independent ethics panel

BOISE – While unveiling their draft legislation setting up a new independent state ethics commission Thursday, Democrats in the Idaho Legislature said they hope to have a bipartisan bill within …


Democrats to unveil new ethics panel bill

BOISE – Idaho is one of just nine states with no independent ethics commission, but that may soon change. Democrats in the Idaho Legislature will unveil a new ethics commission …


Elections, redistricting likely to play big role in Idaho

BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers head into an election-year session, they’re facing big decisions. Lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter budgeted so conservatively last year that they’re now sitting on a …


As Republicans deny hearings, Idaho Dems stall session

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature slowed to a near-standstill Wednesday, as House Democrats made good on a threat to stall the session in protest until majority Republicans allow hearings on …


Idaho Democrats make stand on cigarette tax hearing

BOISE – The Idaho House’s minority Democrats declared a procedural guerrilla war on Tuesday, vowing stall tactics to delay the 2011 session’s end to protest the Republican majority’s refusal to …


Shawn Vestal: Children’s rights don’t play in Idaho House

Kids in Idaho could use a right or two. Or maybe just a hand. About half are living in “low-income” homes. A fifth live in homes headed by single mothers, …


Eye on Boise: Campaigning begins for leadership elections

BOISE – Now that the election is over, for state lawmakers, the elections are coming. That would be the leadership elections, set for early December when the state Legislature gathers …


Many Idaho voters undecided about sales tax breaks

Idahoans favor reform of the state’s tax structure, but the path to change is full of obstructions. In a Spokesman-Review poll done in collaboration with six other daily newspapers in …


Board of Tax Appeals rules Hart missed deadline

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Tax Appeals has rejected state Rep. Phil Hart’s appeal of an order to pay $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest, saying …