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UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Lobbyists may have more staying power than Infrastructure Week

Friday at 4 p.m., the news came down the pike: the Post Street Bridge near Spokane City Hall was closed. A structural analysis had deemed the 102-year-old bridge unsafe for …


State officials couldn’t become lobbyists as soon as they leave

State elected officials would have to wait a year to become lobbyists under a House proposal.


What swamp? Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising …


Emails: Utility worked with Christie staff to shield data

Lobbyists for New Jersey’s largest utility worked with former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to craft a $300 million bailout for nuclear power, while adding language to shield the company’s financial …


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 …


AP source: Mueller’s probe draws in Democrat, Republican

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied …


Report: Trump-tied lobbyists cash in on their connections

A new report has found that Washington’s “swamp” of lobbyists appears to have expanded during President Donald Trump’s short time in office, with scores of former campaign staffers, transition workers …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 11:57 a.m.

Report: Trump-tied lobbyists cash in on their connections

Despite Donald Trump’s campaign vow to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and special interests, Washington’s influence industry is alive and well – and growing.


Samuelson: Swamp will seep into tax-cut plan

As the proposal winds its way through Congress, all the pressures will be to scale it back. The swamp will survive.


2018 gubernatorial candidates already out on the stump together

All three major GOP candidates for governor were sitting at the same table on the Fourth of July, at the big Idaho Falls fireworks extravaganza hosted by Melaleuca owner Frank …


Dana Milbank: Trump provides cover for D.C. swamp

For everybody else who believed Trump’s populist talk about tackling a rigged system, it’s time to recognize you’ve been had.


Egypt’s Mukhabarat hires Washington lobbyists to boost image

Egyptian intelligence has hired two U.S. public relations firms in Washington to lobby on the country’s behalf and boost its image, the first such engagements by the country’s powerful security …


Trump team announces five-year lobbying ban for appointees

Anyone who is appointed to Donald Trump’s administration will be banned from becoming a paid lobbyist for five years after leaving the White House, his transition office announced Wednesday night.


Panel sets limit for Washington lawmakers’ free meals

OLYMPIA – Legislators could accept as many as a dozen free meals from lobbyists each year under a new rule adopted by their ethics board. But in what could be …


Shawn Vestal: Legislators not entitled to free lunch

Some ethical purists are concerned about all the free lunches – and free dinners, and free breakfasts, and free drinks, and free golf, and free heavy apps at free receptions …


Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized

BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him …


Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …


Democrats list key ethics proposals

BOISE – Minority Democrats in the Idaho Legislature announced three new ethics reform proposals Tuesday and called on Republicans to work with them on the bills – and the Republicans …


Lobbyists helping Idaho lieutenant governor

BOISE – A week after new Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said it was the “best practice” for elected officials not to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists during the legislative …