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Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Idaho health care gap bill once again pulled from House, despite tearful opposition

For the second time this year – and after six straight years of inaction – the Idaho House on Wednesday sent the governor’s health coverage gap bill back to committee, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 6:17 p.m.

Idaho House backs move to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences

After a stormy debate, the Idaho House voted 46-20 on Monday to ease some of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences in cases where a judge finds imposing them would …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

School-safety bill passes House, as N. Idaho lawmakers split

Legislation to beef up Idaho’s laws on violent threats against schools and add possible felony charges passed the House on Friday on a 54-12 vote after much debate.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Two congressional hopefuls spar over drug sentencing laws in Idaho House committee

Two Idaho state representatives who are facing off in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat went head-to-head over drug sentencing laws this week, as the House Judiciary …


Northwest Democrats, GOP split on net neutrality rule change

Region’s Democrats and Republicans argue whether Thursday’s FCC decision on net neutrality will help or hurt the economy and consumers.


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: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Luke Malek, wife escape serious injury in rollover crash on U.S. Highway 95

Idaho Rep. Luke Malek is feeling very lucky that he and wife Tara are alive and escaped serious injury in a horrific crash on U.S. Highway 95 north of Moscow …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

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., June 28, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

CdA Rep. Malek mulling run for 1st District congressional seat

Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t made a final decision, but he said Tuesday that he’s mulling a run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, which will open …


Idaho lawmaker in the news: Luke Malek

Luke Malek Hometown: Coeur d’Alene


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene lawmaker seeks to reform state liquor license system

It’s time to reform the restrictive liquor license system that’s left some Idaho restaurants on waiting lists for years and driven the price of a liquor license in Coeur d’Alene …


Coeur d’Alene newspaper carrier trapped by passing snowplow

A funny thing happened to Jamie Sedlmeyer and her boyfriend, Les, while delivering papers at Coeur d’Alene Place early this morning. They got plowed in. We’re not talking about being …


Huckleberries: Closed Republican primary in Idaho attracts Democrats

The strategy by conservative hardliners to close the Idaho GOP primary may have backfired.


Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary

Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have …


Coeur d’Alene legislator faces challenger who hopes to defund Idaho budget of federal money

As he seeks a third term in the Legislature, Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, faces a challenge from a local real estate attorney who’s gone on the attack – criticizing …


Idaho House backs firefighters cancer coverage bill, after years of attempts

More than two dozen firefighters filled public gallery of the Idaho House on Friday as state representatives voted 65-3 in favor of Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to change …


Eye on Boise: Idaho homeowner’s exemption could lose inflation index

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Bill would bar Idaho cities from increasing minimum wage

Idaho lawmakers split along party lines Monday, with majority Republicans on the House Business Committee backing a ban on local laws or ballot measures to raise the minimum wage.


‘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 …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene newcomer misfires in challenge to incumbent Edinger

Toby Schindelbeck, a relatively recent California transplant, should fire the advisers helping him run his campaign for the Coeur d’Alene City Council. First, he angered some residents in a debate …


Luke Malek navigates Republican politics, Kootenai County-style

A popular, well-respected second-term North Idaho lawmaker barely squeaked through the GOP primary against an unknown newcomer. But that’s how politics work these days in heavily GOP but still much-divided …


Solving the puzzle of lawmakers’ differing airfares

Perhaps the most puzzling part of the Associated Press report last week that showed two North Idaho lawmakers were the biggest spenders on travel during the most recent legislative session …


Otter considers special session to ensure child support payments

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter declared Idaho’s just-concluded legislative session “incomplete” on Thursday and indicated he’s laying the groundwork to call lawmakers back for a special session to address a …


Idaho Senate bill seeks to regulate knives, too

On a 25-10 vote, the Idaho Senate has endorsed legislation banning local government ordinances regulating the carrying or use of knives, despite an Idaho attorney general’s opinion that the measure …


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers’ fear, as seen in salamander saga, has real effects

It’s all well and good for those of us here on earth to make fun of Idaho’s lawmakers for their rejection of an eighth-grader’s request to declare the Idaho giant …


North Idaho College asks for bigger funding increase

BOISE – North Idaho College is getting about the same level of funding from the state now that it got 12 years ago, NIC President Joe Dunlap told lawmakers Tuesday. …


Privacy argument proves tough sell in Coeur d’Alene woman’s NSA case

Federal appeals court judges were skeptical Monday of a Coeur d’Alene woman’s arguments that cellphone surveillance by the National Security Agency violates her constitutional right to privacy. Coeur d’Alene nurse …


North Idaho loses power in new Legislature

BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, it’ll have just one committee chairman from North Idaho: new House Business Committee Chairman Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens. “I look …


Newcomers sweep North Idaho elections

Even as a push from the right to take over the Idaho Republican Party was falling short at the state level, it was succeeding beyond expectations in North Idaho, where …