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UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018

State Rep. Heather Scott wins re-election

Controversial Idaho State Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, was trailing in early Bonner County results from Tuesday’s Primary election, but she began to pull ahead as the votes began to be …

Three North Idaho Republicans race to replace retiring State Sen. Shawn Keough

A retired sheriff’s deputy and two construction company owners are trying to convince Bonner and Boundary county voters that they have the credentials to replace the longest serving Idaho State …

Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott facing challenger in Republican primary

Voters in North Idaho’s most northern district get a chance next week to either endorse the ultraconservative, headline-grabbing political maneuvers of Rep. Heather Scott, or select longtime Sandpoint resident Mike …

UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

‘Tireless’ North Idaho senator caps 22-year career as ‘consummate citizen-legislator’

The longest-serving female state senator in Idaho history closed out her final legislative session with pride in an array of specific accomplishments, but also with a key disappointment.

UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018

Idaho Senate passes big tax-cut bill, sends to governor

The Idaho Senate approved a $200 million income tax-cut bill Thursday on a 26-9 vote, sending the House-passed measure to the governor’s desk.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

Idaho school budget set with 5.9 percent increase for next year; no rancor or dissent

Idaho lawmakers on Monday set a public school budget for next year that reflects a 5.9 percent, $100 million increase in state funding next year – and it passed unanimously …

Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …

Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator

That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Idaho’s longest-serving female senator to retire in 2018; endorses Woodward for seat

Longtime Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has announced that she won’t seek re-election after her current term ends next year, and instead is endorsing longtime Bonner and Boundary county resident …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Idaho’s longest-serving female senator to retire in 2018

The co-chair of Idaho’s powerful budget-setting committee says she won’t for re-election in 2018.

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Idaho lawmakers approve $320 million-plus transportation funding package

Complex and controversial transportation legislation barely squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Tuesday and then cleared the Idaho House Tuesday evening, calling for a $320 million-plus investment in Idaho’s road …

UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal

With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries

In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …

Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers wrap up state agency budget-setting, focus on education

The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

Idaho lawmakers plan big budget boost for fight against invasive mussels

Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday approved a whopping 40.2 percent increase in state funds for the Idaho Department of Agriculture next year, largely because of a big boost to a boat …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

Idaho lawmakers OK emergency budget bill for anti-mussel boat inspection stations

Idaho lawmakers on Monday approved an emergency appropriation of $710,000 to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels, adding three new stations, dawn-to-dusk …

Idaho’s boat inspection program faces big budget shortfall

Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling.

Election-related harassment in North Idaho reflective of hardened political attitudes

Claims of election-related intimidation and harassment in Bonner and Boundary counties haven’t been confirmed by authorities, but for some local politicians, both Republican and Democrat, the claims are believable.

Politics heat up in Idaho’s District 1 legislative races

Controversial Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a first-term lawmaker who made a splash by visiting the occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon and displaying a Confederate battle flag …

Huckleberries: Idaho’s driver’s license rules ageist

Councilman Dan English of Coeur d’Alene consoled himself last week while waiting and waiting – and waiting –for his turn to renew his driver’s license. At least, Dan thought, he …

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 …

Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right

In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element …

Repeal of Idaho’s fee on hybrid cars may be dead

Legislation to repeal an unpopular $75 annual fee on hybrid vehicles that Idaho lawmakers passed last year may be dead for this year, unless House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer belatedly …

Idaho Senate passes bill to limit homeowner’s exemption

Idaho’s long-prized homeowner’s exemption from property tax would lose its inflation index, under legislation that won final passage in the state Senate late Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s …

‘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 …

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 …

Idaho lawmakers honor Sen. Shawn Keough’s milestone

BOISE – One North Idaho senator got a surprise on the final night of the legislative session – she was honored for becoming the longest-serving female senator in the history …

Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase

BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …

Idaho teachers get pay boost

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set a $1.48 billion public school budget on Friday, matching Gov. Butch Otter’s call for a 7.4 percent increase and fully funding the first year of …