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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Inland Northwest lawmakers respond – and don’t – to Sondland testimony

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers responded to the testimony from U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland with silence. Senator Patty Murray said the impeachment testimony Wednesday further confirms that the president invited foreign …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Washington, Idaho lawmakers split along party lines on Trump impeachment inquiry

Statements from area politicians set up what will likely be a clear ideological divide in the process on Capitol Hill.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

McMorris Rodgers: Trump ‘wrong’ to tell four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said President Trump was “wrong” in his suggestion that four congresswoman should go back to the countries they came from.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Trump State of the Union reviews from McMorris Rodgers, Fulcher, Murray, Inslee, Crapo and Risch

Republicans heard a strong, pro-America speech in the State of the Union. Democrats a hollow ringing call for division.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018

Washington, Idaho legislators react to Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s testimonies

Following on the heels of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, local legislators were prompt in offering their own reactions.


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018

Northwest lawmakers: Russian ‘no friend’ of U.S.; Trump missed opportunity

Republicans and Democrats from Idaho and Washington say their view of Vladimir Putin and Russian activities unchanged.


Eye on Boise: Little disappointed as Labrador misses grazing hearing

When Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little went to Washington, D.C., to testify on Thursday at a congressional hearing on public lands grazing, he expected to see Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Washington, Idaho senators show deep divide on Supreme Court nomination

Republicans praised Kavanaugh’s deference to the Constitution, while Democrats warned the pick would reverse important judicial decisions involving health care and women’s reproductive rights.


Inslee, Ferguson call separation policy cruel, accuse Trump of lying about it

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson demand answers about asylum-seekers being held in Washington and accuse the Trump administration of lying about the policy.


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from …


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018

Eye on Boise: Idaho state board picks a nonacademic to head Idaho State University

Idaho’s state Board of Education has named five finalists to be the next president of Boise State University, and all are academics with Ph.D. degrees. That might seem like a …


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: 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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Risch changes position, says Moore should step aside

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch changed his position on Roy Moore on Tuesday, telling reporters, “I believe Roy Moore should step down.”


Idaho’s Risch and Crapo keep a wait-and-see approach as Moore allegations deepen

Even as top Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to step aside amid increasing turmoil over sex allegations, Idaho’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Mueller must get public a full explanation, Murray says

Northwest Democrats back indictments as part of bipartisan investigations into Russian interference. Republicans reluctant to comment at this point.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.



Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Senate panel backs bipartisan bill to reauthorize Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years; the funding had expired Oct. 1, and the House …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

Congress, states scramble after federal funding expires for Children’s Health Insurance Program

Congress failed to reauthorize a program last week that gives children from lower-income families a lifeline to medical care. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, expired Saturday. …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Western senators say fire-funding fix must be ‘on the next bill’ Congress passes

Western senators, led by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, are launching a full-court press to get a fix for the nation’s wildfire funding system through Congress …


Deadline approaching for Senate internship program application

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is encouraging Idaho students to apply for internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C., office or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

Crapo crafts flood insurance reform

The two major hurricanes that hammered Texas and Florida in recent weeks also highlighted the need to reform a federal flood insurance program that encourages homeowners to rebuild in flood-prone …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017

Idaho Sen. Crapo wants to make switchblades legal in interstate commerce

At the behest of Buck Knives in Post Falls, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to lift a decades-old ban on interstate commerce in switchblade knives.


Eye on Boise: Idaho delegation splits on hurricane relief, government funding bill

When Congress quickly and overwhelmingly passed a Hurricane Harvey relief and government funding bill late last week, it did so with the backing of only half of Idaho’s congressional delegation.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Cheers, condemnation on Trump DACA decision

Reaction to the announced end to the DACA program ranged from applause to condemnation from Northwest lawmakers Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017

Trump renews Afghan commitment but says ‘no blank check’

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says he’s glad President Donald Trump seems to be following the advice of the nation’s military leaders to recommit the United States to the 16-year-old war …


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: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Congressional delegation splits on Trump ‘fire and fury’ comments

Members of Northwest delegation agree North Korea poses serious threat, disagree on whether President Donald Trump’s comments help or hurt.