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Snoozing along . . .

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:24:55 GMT

Idahoans may soon find out the answer to an old joke question: what if they held an election and no one came? In less than two months for all practical purposes Idaho's next governor and its next member of Congress from the First District will be the winner of the May 15th Republican primary. Does anyone care? In 50 years of observing Idaho politics I've never seen a less interested, not-paying-attention Idaho electorate.

Labrador claims Idaho Health Care Plan bill was 'Medicaid expansion'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:34:55 GMT

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador has just sent out a statement headlined, "Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion," saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House today, "There's no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare." Labrador apparently is referring to the approximately 2,800 extremely ill Idahoans, with specific conditions, who the bill would make eligible for Medicaid in order to lower premiums for everyone else with private insurance plans on Idaho's insurance exchange, where those dying patients now are covered.

Attorney tells Idaho Secretary of State the clients he represented on ...

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:34:54 GMT

Attorney tells Idaho Secretary of State the clients he represented on anti-trespass bill were Rep. Boyle and Sen. Harris Attorney Gary Allen, of the prominent Boise law firm Givens Pursley, advised the Idaho Secretary of State's office today that the clients he's been representing in drafting and advocating for the anti-trespassing bill, HB 658a, are Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, and Sen. Mark Harris, R-Soda Springs. The office had contacted Allen to ask why he hadn't registered as a lobbyist.

View schedule

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:22:38 GMT

Science Trek, hosted by Joan Cartan-Hansen and produced by Idaho Public Television, focuses on a variety of science-related topics. In addition to the television broadcast, Science Trek includes a substantial website with more teacher-vetted, standards-based educational content on each topic.

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

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:31:13 GMT

Here's how North Idaho representatives voted in the 42-27 vote to return HB 464, the health care bill, to committee for a second time, rather than debate it and vote it up or down: Voting yes: Reps. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls; Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay; Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene; Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene; and Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins.

Idaho health care for the poor proposal stalls once again

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:01:13 GMT

An Idaho health care proposal to provide insurance to the state's neediest population is once again dead for the year. House lawmakers on Wednesday avoided debate on the merits of the health care bill but instead voted to send the proposal back to the House Health and Welfare Committee after an emotional and lengthy debate.

Catapult Entertainment Shadow Dance

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:01:12 GMT

Behind a screen, four dancers lie on their backs, twisting their legs and raising their arms to form the image of a group of swans. While that may sound like a strange drug trip, it's actually a glimpse of what you can expect to see from Catapult Entertainment, the dance group and "shadow-illusion company" that gained national attention on America's Got Talent season eight.

U.S. Senate passes Republican-backed bill to weaken Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:08:42 GMT

The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to begin dismantling the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, approving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's S. 2155 by a vote of sixty-seven to thirty-one. Every Republican voted in favor of the bill, and they were joined by about a third of the Democratic caucus.

House passes 'stand your ground' bill, sends to Otter

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:17:27 GMT

Idaho lawmakers passed a "stand your ground" law on Tuesday that supporters said will simply write into law provisions that have existed in Idaho case law and jury instructions for a century, though opponents questioned that. "This is so you can protect yourself, others, your property, your business, your occupied vehicle," said Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, the House sponsor of SB 1313 , which also has 13 legislative co-sponsors, all Republicans.

Treasure Valley students stage walkout in support of Parkland victims

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:44:29 GMT

The Idaho State Department of Education has issued guidance to state school districts to assist in their preparation for this event. While each district is working to as best serves their individual communities, the intention is to honor student rights to free speech while maintaining a positive learning environment, according to the guidance..

Dem, GOP leaders address redistricting, end of session process, more...

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:10:56 GMT

From left, Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, and House Speaker Scott Bedke address the Idaho Press Club at a "Sunshine Week" event on Tueday, March 13, 2018.

Idaho lawmakers seek to promote gun safety, but not restrict access

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:48:32 GMT

The aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, which killed 15 students, has influenced gun regulation laws nationwide, including in Idaho. Although it may seem a farce, state governments now face an obligation to at least touch on the subject of gun safety.

Idaho House approves 'abortion-reversal' bill

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:23:55 GMT

The bill is based on a study [text, PDF] in which six pregnant women took mifepristone, a medication used to induce abortions, and four were allegedly able to continue their pregnancies after taking various levels of progesterone. Many health professionals and lawmakers are strongly opposed to the legislation and questioned the legitimacy of the unscientific study.

Idaho Materials & Construction Wins Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:40:33 GMT

Idaho Materials and Construction won a Quality in Construction Award for asphalt pavement from the National Asphalt Pavement Association for its work on 1-84 in Canyon County. "We were honored to receive this award," Eric St. Pierre, Idaho Materials and Construction general manager, said.

House passes anti-trespassing bill after contentious, two-hour debate

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:55:16 GMT

It took two full hours of contentious debate, but the House has passed Rep. Judy Boyle's bill to crack down on trespassing, voting 45-22 in favor of the measure, HB 658 . Boyle, R-Midvale, told the House, "The law-abiding citizen does not need to worry if he doesn't trespass."

Idaho Refunds

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:02:50 GMT

The average tax refund from the IRS last year was $2,895; however, most Idahoans did not receive refunds that large. Only in Blaine County did the average refund of $4,935 exceed that national average, according to SmartAsset, a financial data analysis firm.

Opinion: Don't let Republican leaders control Idaho's redistricting

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:26:13 GMT

Idaho Republicans are considering a measure that would change the way the state's redistricting panel functions. Photo by Taylor Humby.