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Pension perk bill dies in Idaho Senate

BOISE – Legislation to end a special retirement perk for Idaho state lawmakers who take high-paying state jobs late in their careers has died without a hearing in a Senate …


Eye on Boise: Ysursa advises successor Denney to ‘stay the course’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, as he accepted a major civic engagement award from the City Club of Boise last week, had this message for his successor, Secretary of …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 7:26 a.m.

Otter retains office; Ybarra holds slim lead

BOISE – Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools …


Woodings challenges Denney to quit his state pension

BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Holli Woodings is calling on her GOP opponent, former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, to give up his state pension, in light of his …


Bill for Idaho federal land legal fees up to $61,375

BOISE – The bill for outside legal fees in Idaho’s long-shot attempt to take over federal land within the state has now swelled to $61,375, according to documents obtained by …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Low turnouts fuel incumbent losses in primary

BOISE – Widely varying turnout around the state meant that of the six legislative incumbents defeated in the May 20 primary, two were turned out of office by just tiny …


Final vote tallies mirror early ones

The final numbers are in on Idaho’s May 20 primary election, and they’re virtually unchanged from the unofficial election-night totals. Results certified by the state Board of Canvassers, which includes …


Eye on Boise: Attorney general hopeful’s loss is win enough for Bistline

BOISE – Now that Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has handily defeated GOP primary challenger C.T. “Chris” Troupis, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, Boise attorney Bruce Bistline, says he …


3 opponents take Phil McGrane to task

BOISE – Among the four GOP candidates facing off for the chance to become Idaho’s next secretary of state, the three with elective office experience made it clear in a …


Idaho House kills bill to circumvent EPA

BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives has dumped a bill that attempted to nullify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory authority in the state, acknowledging the bill is likely unconstitutional. …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers name stand-ins while campaigning

Two legislators who are running for statewide office missed most or all of the past week of lawmaking, appointing subs to serve for them while they campaigned. Rep. Lawerence Denney, …


Betsy Z. Russell: Secretary of state candidates gain GOP endorsements

BOISE – It’s become something of an endorsement war lately among the GOP candidates for Idaho secretary of state, with Mitch Toryanski introducing Freda Cenarrusa, widow of longtime Secretary of …


Eye on Boise: Crapo’s injuries draw attention in Washington, D.C.

BOISE – Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo drew some second looks in Washington, D.C., last week, but not necessarily because of his comments in the Senate. Instead, it was the …


Idaho campaigns feature stars: Christie for Otter; ‘Duck Dynasty’ for Denney

Sure, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is bringing in GOP political star Chris Christie for a fundraiser tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, but former House Speaker Lawerence Denney has stars …


Eye on Boise: Interest in Idaho secretary of state’s job mounting

BOISE – Just a week after longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced that he’d retire rather than seek another four-year term in 2014, the list of those considering …


Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to retire in 2015

BOISE – Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced Friday that he’s decided not to seek a fourth term in the office, choosing instead to retire. Ysursa, 64, is …


Idaho secretary of state candidate Denney would see pension spike

BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose pension benefits would soar by more than 600 percent if he wins his bid for secretary of state, personally killed legislation …


Lawerence Denney seeks Idaho Secretary of State post

BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, now a state representative from Midvale, launched his campaign for Idaho Secretary of State on Thursday, even as current GOP Secretary of …


Idaho House deposes Speaker Denney

BOISE – Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post Wednesday night to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in …


Idaho House speaker Denney ousted

Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political …


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: Twin Falls GOP committee hopeful draws party’s ire

BOISE – Good grief – it’s happened again. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’s name, as …


Idaho House approves $200,000 fund to hire outside lawyers

BOISE – The Idaho House has backed a new $200,000 fund for the Legislature to hire its own outside lawyers, despite protests that lawmakers already have the attorney general and …


Court won’t hear redistricting appeal

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday and halted two top GOP leaders’ power play over redistricting that was threatening to delay the state’s primary election. The court …


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 …


Idaho House OKs new ethics complaint rules

BOISE – The Idaho House voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its ethics rules in the wake of its struggles with four ethics complaints this year, three of them against tax-protesting …


House panel approves rule to prevent citizens from filing ethics complaints against lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho residents would be barred from filing ethics complaints against state lawmakers under legislation that won the approval of a key House committee Tuesday. The new restriction, part …