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Jordan to take break from legislative duties to campaign

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:41:19 GMT

The Democrat from Plummer and the only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Statehouse tells the Lewiston Tribune that she intends to have a substitute cover for her and won't miss any votes. Jordan announced her run for governor in December.




The week that was...

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:45:09 GMT

On tonight's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, host Melissa Davlin interviews Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, and Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, about sexual harassment and respectful workplace policies; discusses health care, from the governor and lieutenant governor's executive order to the dual-waiver proposal, with House Health & Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, state Insurance Director Dean Cameron, and Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise; and talks with BSU School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook about the newly released BSU Public Policy Survey. On the pundits panel, I join Davlin and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News to talk health care, financial disclosure, teacher pay and more."




1115 Waiver

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:59:53 GMT

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is developing a Section 1115 Demonstration waiver application for submittal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The purpose of the waiver is to provide Medicaid coverage to Idahoans living with complex, life-threatening medical conditions.




Idaho lawmakers brace for costs of big statewide accounting system upgrade - Fri, 19 Jan 2018 PST

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:27:02 GMT

Idaho state Controller Brandon Woolf makes his budget presentation to lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Idaho lawmakers are bracing for a big expense - a $102 million, five-year plan to modernize the state's accounting, payroll and procurement systems, which now operate on a three-decades-old mainframe computer system.




Idaho senator introduces bill to expand Medicaid in the state - Fri, 19 Jan 2018 PST

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:27:01 GMT

An Idaho senator filed a personal bill Friday to expand Medicaid in Idaho, saying lawmakers need to keep that idea in mind even as they consider other options. The bill from Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, was filed on the final day for personal bill introductions in the Senate.




Director: Idaho's PERSI system is envy of most other states' pension programs

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:07:54 GMT

PERSI Board Chairman Jeff Silek, left, and Director Don Drum, center, address the Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The Public Employee Retirement Fund was up for its budget hearing this morning in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, and when Director Don Drum said, "This has been a really good 18 months for PERSI," some JFAC members laughed at the understatement.




Why I Worked With Trump-Supporting Colby Keller

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:24:19 GMT

We were on the road to Idaho, hauling a vintage camper trailer and a skeleton crew from New York, when the news broke that Colby Keller was supporting Donald Trump. I had written a part in the third season of EastSiders specifically for him, sort of an homage to Brad Pitt's drifter character in Thelma & Louise , and I was excited for us to finally collaborate.




Will Idaho Utilities Share Fed Tax Break?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:39:27 GMT

It will be interesting to see if the electric, water, telephone, and gas companies in Idaho plan to share the trump income tax break which has been reduced by 14% for corporations. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission which regulates those providers wants to know if we get a break since taxes are a component of rates.




Annual BSU survey is out, finds Idahoans want opposite of what Otter just asked lawmakers to do...

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:06:49 GMT

BSU Professor Justin Vaughn presents the results of the annual BSU Public Policy Survey at the Idaho state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The annual BSU Public Policy Survey is out, and it shows that Idahoans overwhelmingly believe the state budget should stay the same or be increased; nearly two-thirds think the current tax burden is about right; and if there were to be tax reform, they favor eliminating the sales tax on food by a two-to-one margin over cutting state income tax rates.




Ballet Idaho Offers Presale Tickets for Swan Lake, Anastos' Last Production

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:33:26 GMT

Peter Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the most well-known and enduring ballets of all time, so it's no surprise that Ballet Idaho chooses to perform it often-usually to a packed house. With that past success in mind, Ballet Idaho is offering presale tickets to the upcoming April 20 and 21 productions this year, letting some loyal fans beat the rush.




Backers, opponents of constitutional convention both rally in front of Idaho Capitol

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:09:17 GMT

Rallies in front of the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 featured both proponents and opponents of calling a constitutional convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. There were both protesters and counter-protesters in front of the Capitol over the noon hour today, as the Convention of States group brought its leader, Mark Meckler, in to speak at a rally, and groups opposing a constitutional convention held their own counter-protest.




Swelling prison population, inmate hep-C treatment costs take budget bite

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:28:39 GMT

Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, left, the House vice-chair of the Legislature's joint budget committee, proposed the successful motion to fund immediate prison-bed expansions, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. From right are budget panel members Reps.




Grains of Sand

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:46:07 GMT

Rev. Sara LaWall, flanked by faith leaders from across the Treasure Valley, speaks at the "Draw the Circle Wide" event on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse. Anyone who thinks faith and politics don't intersect-or collide-hasn't spent much time around the Idaho Statehouse.




N. Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force needs your help finding this man

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:23:48 GMT

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are asking for the public's help locating Everett William Scovel. He is being sought on charges for Resisting, Obstructing and Eluding on original charges of assaulting a Peace Officer.




Idaho House committee kills disclosure bill - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 PST

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:43:30 GMT

From left, Idaho Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard; Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello; and Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, consider a proposed financial disclosure bill in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.




Teen charged in Idaho shooting death pleads guilty

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:25:49 GMT

An eastern Washington state teen has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of man during a camping trip in northern Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reports 17-year-old Keagan Tennant on Tuesday also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, principal to destruction, concealment of evidence and robbery after reaching an agreement with Latah County prosecutors.




The Nasty Business of Flu in Idaho

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:40:45 GMT

Most people do whatever possible to avoid the flu , but Randi Pedersen deals with illness for a living. As the newly hired influenza surveillance coordinator for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare , Pedersen is constantly checking with emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and laboratories across Idaho to help identify circulating strains of the bug.