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Eye on Boise: Legislator nudging Washington and North Idaho to switch time zones

If Sen. Steve Vick had his way, North Idaho would be on Mountain standard time year round – so it’d be in the same time zone as Boise in the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

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.


Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership.


Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers kill tax break for employers, end legislative session

A $115 million unemployment insurance tax rate cut for Idaho employers fell victim to late-session battles between the Idaho House and Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers ended a stormy legislative …


Republican Idaho lawmaker bloc often votes ‘no’ on appropriations

Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.


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 …


Seven Idaho senators skip Hindu prayer

BOISE – Seven Idaho senators remained outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered the chamber’s first Hindu invocation, then took their seats immediately after …


Hindu prayer should not be allowed in Senate, Idaho lawmaker says

BOISE – A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate this morning and says he’ll walk out. “They have …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate backs veto-override amendment

With little debate, the Senate on Friday voted 28-6 in favor of Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to empower the House speaker and the Senate president pro-tem to order …


Idaho lawmakers have deal on new schools budget

BOISE – A new $1.3 billion Idaho public schools budget built by legislators this week is poised to pass a final vote today. The compromise version has been embraced by …


Senator backs paying foster parents more

BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …


Idaho looks at boosting low pay for foster care

Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday, he said he saw a budget request that he views …


North Idaho gains clout on budget committee

BOISE – Lawmakers from Lewiston and points north will take up eight of the 20 seats on the Idaho Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee when the 2013 session convenes in …


Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates …


Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil …


Idaho candidate pushes tax-paying pledge

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to …


Tax hike/cut proposal falls short

BOISE – Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase but also for any fee hike or the reduction …


Idaho Senators offer new District 2

BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two …


That sign clearly not from God

So there I was minding my own business on a return trip from church at 1:15 Sunday afternoon when I saw a friendly man with short-cropped hair and a sign …