Legislative & Political News
Boise Democrat kicks off Idaho gubernatorial campaign On Tuesday, Boise businessman and current president of the Boise School Board, A.J. Balukoff, announced that he was running for governor of Idaho.
Idaho Statesman 12/4/2013
Commissioners of Idaho county oppose Scotchman's Peak wilderness proposal Bonner County Commissioners are opposing a proposal that Scotchman's Peak in northern Idaho be designated a wilderness area, as the Idaho county's commissioners believe there are better ways to preserve the area.
Idaho Statesman 12/2/2013
State senator seeks review of 'Connecting Idaho' State Sen. Chuck Winder said he will ask the Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluations to examine if the $840 million "Connecting Idaho" highway building program that allows the state to assume debt to pay for roads is working as anticipated, or if the state should return to a pay-as-you-go method for road construction and maintenance.
Idaho Statesman 12/2/2013
Republican state senator announces run for Idaho governor Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has a primary challenger as Republican state Sen. Russ Fulcher announced he is running for governor.
Idaho Statesman 11/25/2013
U.S. House passes bill to speed up drilling, another on hydraulic fracturing On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted 228-192 to pass a measure to speed up federal permitting of oil and gas drilling operations that includes a required $5,000 fee for any group or person to protest a lease, and to open the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. It approved another bill on a 235-to-187 vote that would prohibit the Interior Department from enforcing a proposed regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in states that already have such a regulation in place.
Flathead Beacon 11/21/2013
Idaho state senator resigns State Sen. Branden Durst has been spending more and more time in Washington state since the Boise Democrat's wife took a teaching job there, and on Wednesday, he told Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and the state Senate leaders he was resigning his seat.
Idaho Statesman 11/21/2013
U.S. Rep. Simpson introduces bill to add third federal judge in Idaho It's been nearly 59 years since a federal judge post has been added in Idaho, and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson introduced legislation to add a third federal judge in the state.
Idaho Statesman 11/21/2013
Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson gets re-election support from Mitt Romney Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is facing a primary challenge from Bryan Smith, and on Monday the Idaho incumbent got the endorsement of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Idaho Statesman 11/19/2013
Idaho business group urges expansion of Medicaid program On Monday, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the largest business lobby in the state, urged Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to reconvene his task force on Medicaid to consider expanding the federal program in the state.
Spokane Spokesman-Review 11/19/2013
Survey shows bipartisan support for protecting NPS from future cuts A survey paid for by the Center for American Progress two weeks into the federal government shutdown that included national parks, showed that 74 percent of the 1,005 voters surveyed said that the National Park Service should not see any additional budget cuts, and 70 percent said the agency should be protected from future sequestration cuts.
Casper Star-Tribune 11/18/2013
U.S. Rep. Lummis' bill would allow kayaking in national parks in Wyoming Managers of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks are questioning the timing of Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis' legislation that would open up now-closed streams and creeks to whitewater rafting and boating. Both parks have recently completed updating their management plans, and the park managers said such a change would have best been addressed during that process.
Jackson Hole Daily 11/18/2013
Internal rift in Republican Party at play in Idaho, Wyoming federal campaigns A philosophical divide in the Republican Party was cited for Utah U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett's unexpected ouster in 2010, and in the 2014 elections, both Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi are facing primary challengers from tea party and anti-establishment candidates.
Idaho Statesman 11/17/2013
Idaho GOP leaders opt to keep 2014 state convention in Moscow On Wednesday, the Idaho Republican Party's state executive committee voted to keep the 2014 state convention in Moscow, despite an internal spat that led to threats to relocate the convention.
Idaho Statesman 11/15/2013
President Obama meets with tribal leaders, vows to return to Indian Country At the fifth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, representatives of the tribes met with President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other cabinet level officials.
Great Falls Tribune 11/14/2013
Idahoan Bruce Reed resigns as Vice President Biden's chief of staff Coeur d'Alene native Bruce Reed, who has served as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff since 2011, will leave that post to take the helm of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a philanthropic organization.
Idaho Statesman 11/14/2013
Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson to chair water, energy subcommittee A reshuffling of U.S. House leadership of committees caused by the death of Rep. Bill Young of Florida has landed Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in the chairman's seat of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which has budget authority over the Idaho National Laboratory, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration.
Idaho Statesman 11/14/2013
Idaho legislator urges revamp of Workforce Development Training Fund The Workforce Development Training Fund has paid out nearly $47 million in training grants to more than 400 companies since 1996, and the Idaho fund has been cited as a factor in getting Chobani, Clif Bar and Frulac to site facilities in Idaho. The fund has also paid out millions to companies that failed to deliver jobs promised, and state Sen. Cliff Bayer said those failures ensure that the program will undergo some scrutiny in the next legislative session.
Idaho Statesman 11/14/2013
Idaho secretary of state says he won't run again Ben Ysursa has spent the last four decades in public service, making his decision not to seek a fourth term as Idaho's secretary of state a tough one.
Idaho Statesman 11/12/2013
Four voting precincts in Idaho's Ada County reported no votes A handful of countywide races in Idaho's Ada County were too close to call and candidates waited nervously for the results from four final precincts, results that never came as not a single voter in any of those precincts voted.
Idaho Statesman 11/7/2013
Idaho congressman says time isn't right for immigration reform U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican and former immigration attorney who has been leading talks in Congress on immigration reform, said he told GOP leaders that this is not the time to negotiate with the Obama administration on the legislation.
Spokane Spokesman-Review 11/3/2013
Idaho senators co-sponsor bill to allow people to keep health care policies Both of Idaho's U.S. senators have signed on as co-sponsors of Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's legislation that would allow people to keep their existing health care insurance policies even though those policies do not meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Idaho Statesman 11/1/2013
Idaho governor wants health insurance mandate delayed a year In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent Wednesday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter urged that the federal mandate requiring health insurance be delayed a year, and cited problems with the website Idaho relies upon to allow residents to shop for insurance as the reason.
Idaho Statesman 10/31/2013
Idaho Freedom Foundation's billboards challenge state-run health exchange As part of the Idaho Freedom Foundation's campaign to repeal the state-run health insurance exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the group has put up billboards in the home districts of legislators who supported the state exchange.
Spokane Spokesman-Review 10/30/2013
Potential gubernatorial candidate in Idaho holds listening sessions Idaho state Sen. Russ Fulcher is holding listening sessions around the state while he contemplates challenging Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May, 2014 Republican primary. At stops in Burley and Twin Falls, which drew audiences of 30 and 10, respectively, he heard from residents about the Affordable Care Act, federal funding of education and concerns about paying for needed infrastructure projects.
Twin Falls Times-News 10/30/2013
Idaho legislators hear from tribes, timber industry on federal lands plan The Idaho Legislature's Federal Lands Interim Committee met Monday to discuss potential legislation to transfer ownership of federal lands to the state, but tribal representatives who testified said if ownership of those lands changes, it should transfer to the original owners - the tribes.
Idaho Statesman 10/29/2013
Groups team up to get revenue increase for Idaho's roads Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's failure to get a $174-million funding increase for Idaho's Transportation Department remains the largest defeat of his tenure in office. His proposal left out local highway districts, who have now joined forces with farmers, contractors, chambers of commerce and other groups to lobby legislators to pass legislation that would provide an estimated $264 million in new revenue to help rebuild roads and bridges.
Idaho Statesman 10/28/2013
Idaho legislator announces run for secretary of state State Rep. Lawrence Denney announced that he is running for Idaho Secretary of State, a post now held by Ben Ysursa, who has yet to decide if he's running for re-election, and while both Denney and Ysursa are Republicans, they often disagree on issues.
Idaho Statesman 10/25/2013
Report: Idaho has third-lowest, per-capita tax burden in U.S. Only residents of Alabama and South Carolina have a lower per capita tax burden than Idahoans, according to the Idaho State Tax Commission annual report that said $2,975 was the per capita tax burden in Idaho in 2011, compared with the median burden in 11 Western states of $3,648 and the national average of $4,296.
Idaho Statesman 10/24/2013
Idaho health exchange board cancels controversial no-bid contract After Your Health Idaho director Amy Dowd approved a no-bid $375,000 contract for technology services to Frank Chan, a member of the health exchange board who resigned right before the contract was awarded, the health exchange board voted to rescind that contract and to put a $15,000 cap on contracts the director can approve.
Spokane Spokesman-Review 10/23/2013
Idaho legislators want no-bid health exchange contract rescinded State Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell and Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon both sit on the Idaho Health Exchange Board, and both are demanding that the board's no-bid contract with Frank Chan be rescinded. Chan, who was a member of the board until he got the contract, would be paid nearly double the hourly rate he receives for two other state contracts.
Idaho Statesman 10/22/2013
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Bonner County Dail Bee (Sandpoint)
RuralNorthwest.com (Bonners Ferry)
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Coeur d'Alene Press
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Wood River Journal (Hailey)
Idaho Falls Post Register
Island Park News
Idaho Mountain Express (Ketchum)
Latah Eagle (Latah County)
Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sun Valley Online
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
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Idaho Press Tribune (Nampa)
Idaho State Journal (Pocatello)
The Standard Journal (Rexburg)
Spokesman-Review (Spokane and North Idaho)
St. Maries Gazette Record
Twin Falls Times-News
Idaho Business Review
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KBOI TV-2 (CBS - Boise)
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KTRV TV-12 (Fox - Boise)
KIDK TV-3 (CBS - Idaho Falls)
KIFI TV-8 (ABC - Idaho Falls)
KLEW TV-3 (CBS - Lewiston)
KPVI TV-6 (NBC - Pocatello)
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Idaho Politics (An inside look at Idaho politics and government from Statesman reporters)
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