Politics + Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Inaugural Energy Summit Headed To Idaho Falls http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/inaugural-energy-summit-headed-idaho-falls <p>The U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, is among the speakers who will attend the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit in Idaho Falls this week.</p><p>The Aug. 19-20 conference will feature panel discussions on the future of energy policy and production in North America. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, are also among the speakers.</p><p><a href="http://www.postregister.com/" target="_blank">The Post Register reports</a> that one theme of the conference is the energy potential of Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta and Saskatchewan.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:54:41 +0000 Associated Press 50790 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sen. Mike Crapo Announces 2016 Re-election Bid http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sen-mike-crapo-announces-2016-re-election-bid <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says he will seek re-election in 2016.</p><p>In making the announcement Friday in Lewiston, the 63-year-old Republican says he's committed to resolving a number of critical issues to the country.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/XqzcMO" target="_blank">The Lewiston Tribune reports</a> that Crapo was elected to the Senate in 1998 to succeed Sen. Dirk Kempthorne. He is serving the fourth year of his third term and is ranked 39th in seniority in the Senate.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:41:03 +0000 Associated Press 50768 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sen. Mike Crapo Announces 2016 Re-election Bid Governor-Appointed Panel Recommends Expanding Medicaid In Idaho...Again http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-appointed-panel-recommends-expanding-medicaid-idahoagain <p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:56:19 +0000 Associated Press 50637 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Governor-Appointed Panel Recommends Expanding Medicaid In Idaho...Again Boise Ethics Commission Says It Doesn't Have Authority To Investigate Alleged Heimlich Coverup http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-ethics-commission-says-it-doesnt-have-authority-investigate-alleged-heimlich-coverup <p>The City of Boise’s ethics commission says it does not have jurisdiction to conduct an investigation into an <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-rescue-attempt-death-and-tv-story-are-causing-problems-boise">alleged cover-up</a> in the city’s fire department.</p><p>The four member citizen panel met Thursday afternoon and unanimously agreed that the city statute that governs the ethics commission doesn’t give it such authority.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:09:55 +0000 Scott Graf 50608 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Ethics Commission Says It Doesn't Have Authority To Investigate Alleged Heimlich Coverup Idaho Business Group Launches Political Attack Website Against Democrat Balukoff http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-business-group-launches-political-attack-website-against-democrat-balukoff <p></p><p>A recently launched website is targeting Idaho's Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff's and criticizing his political stances, but Balukoff says the site is using lies to undermine his campaign against Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.</p><p>The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry's political action committee <a href="http://liberalaj.com/" target="_blank">posted the site Tuesday</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Associated Press 50523 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Business Group Launches Political Attack Website Against Democrat Balukoff Why Idaho's Most Well-Known Political Reporter Is Now Working For A Politician http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-idahos-most-well-known-political-reporter-now-working-politician <p></p><p>Dan Popkey, the longtime <em>Idaho Statesman</em> reporter who <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-political-reporter-popkey-head-idaho-congressmans-press-team" target="_blank">announced last week he’s </a><a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-political-reporter-popkey-head-idaho-congressmans-press-team">going to work</a> for Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, says his decision to make a career change has been an agonizing one.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Scott Graf 50224 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho's Most Well-Known Political Reporter Is Now Working For A Politician Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/embattled-montana-senator-withdraws-race After cancelling a string of campaign events and fundraisers this week, Montana Democrat John Walsh announced Thursday that he would drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.<p>"I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator," Walsh said in a statement. "You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will."<p>He will serve out the remainder of his Senate term, which expires in Jan. 2015.<p>Walsh, who was appointed to the seat in February, had been trying to regain his footing after a plagiarism scandal. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 50189 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race Scandal Threatens Montana Democrat's Hold On U.S. Senate Seat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/scandal-threatens-montana-democrats-hold-us-senate-seat On Sunday morning, with haze from wildfires thick in the air, Sen. John Walsh addressed a graduation for officer candidates at the Fort Harrison Army post outside Helena, Mont.<p>"As your senator and someone who sat in your seat approximately 30 years ago today, I will always be your partner," Walsh told the small crowd.<p>For Walsh, this should have been a perfect event. He's the only Iraq War veteran serving in the U.S. Senate. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:57:51 +0000 Kirk Siegler 50118 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Scandal Threatens Montana Democrat's Hold On U.S. Senate Seat Maryland Transplant Steve Yates Elected Idaho's Republican Party Leader http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/maryland-transplant-steve-yates-elected-idahos-republican-party-leader <p></p><p>Idaho Republicans have concluded months of political infighting over who should control the party and have elected Steve Yates to be the new leader of the state's GOP.</p><p>The state's central committee, which serves as the party's governing body, met Saturday in Boise to elect new party officers. The party has been without leadership ever since the state's chaotic GOP convention adjourned without electing any officers or passing any new platforms.</p><p></p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 23:58:25 +0000 Associated Press & Jessica Murri 49954 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Maryland Transplant Steve Yates Elected Idaho's Republican Party Leader Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/three-years-utahs-immigrant-guest-worker-law-still-stalled At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.<p>Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.<p>"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.<p>"We've always believed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 49821 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled Court Denies Survivor Benefits For Families Of Fallen Contract Wildland Firefighters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/court-denies-survivor-benefits-families-fallen-contract-wildland-firefighters <p></p><p>Contract firefighters can often be found on the front lines. They’re usually indistinguishable from government firefighters. But a recent court ruling has re-emphasized that if they’re killed in the line of duty, there’s a big difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:54:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 49785 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Court Denies Survivor Benefits For Families Of Fallen Contract Wildland Firefighters Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-farmers-worried-about-visa-backup-legal-migrant-workers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073014TB_NoVisas_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A breakdown in a&#160;U.S. State Department&#160;computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.<p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:19:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49763 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers Idaho Scales Back Claim Of Problems At Prison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-scales-back-claim-problems-prison <p>Idaho Department of Correction officials have dramatically scaled back their assessment of the problems encountered when they took over the state's largest prison from Corrections Corporation of America this month.</p><p>Last week, Shane Evans with IDOC told the Board of Correction that CCA failed to leave behind a promised 8-day supply of medication, and that the new health care provider had to ship $100,000 worth of medication overnight just to reach the minimum amount needed at the facility.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:13:34 +0000 Associated Press 49750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wildfires-burn-through-funds-washington-seeks-new-way-pay Though wildfires this summer have burned hundreds of homes and scorched thousands of square miles of land in Washington, Oregon and California, officials say that so far, this wildfire season could be worse.<p>But the cost of fighting those fires has skyrocketed, and the Obama administration and some in Congress say it's time to rethink how those dollars are spent.<p>In places like central Washington, watching the evening news has recently not been for the faint of heart, with daily broadcasts chronicling evacuations of local towns with the approach of "firestorms."<p>The fire there is still n Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49746 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay Idaho's GOP Doesn't Have A Leader, Here's What Happens Next http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-doesnt-have-leader-heres-what-happens-next <p>A <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party" target="_blank">judge ruled Tuesday</a> that members of Idaho's Republican Party could go ahead with a meeting Saturday to choose a new leader. Last month’s contentious state GOP convention ended without finishing any of its business, including electing a new chairman.</p><p>Former chairman Barry Peterson maintained that meant he was still in charge. But district judge Randy Stoker ruled that Peterson is not the chairman, and the party doesn't currently have a leader.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:50:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49698 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Doesn't Have A Leader, Here's What Happens Next House Panel Condemns Obama For Bergdahl Prisoner Swap http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-panel-condemns-obama-bergdahl-prisoner-swap <p>A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.</p><p>The Armed Services Committee voted 34-25 on Tuesday for a nonbinding, bipartisan resolution that disapproves of the exchange and faults Obama for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance, as required by law.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:10:29 +0000 Associated Press 49685 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Political Reporter Popkey To Head Idaho Congressman's Press Team http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-political-reporter-popkey-head-idaho-congressmans-press-team <p></p><p></p><p>Longtime Idaho political reporter Dan Popkey is leaving his job at the <em>Idaho Statesman</em> to be Rep. Raul Labrador's new press secretary.</p><p>A press release from the Republican Congressman's office Tuesday says Popkey will be based in Meridian, and coordinate communications for Idaho and Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:06:07 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49669 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Political Reporter Popkey To Head Idaho Congressman's Press Team Judge Rules Peterson Is No Longer Chairman Of Idaho's Republican Party http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party <p></p><p>Barry Peterson is no longer the chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, that's the ruling from 5th District Judge Randy Stoker.</p><blockquote><p>“His term has expired,” Stoker told the court.</p><p></p><p>The judge’s ruling came after extensive arguments that lasted for more than two hours in court this morning in Twin Falls.</p><p>“This is not a question of this court taking any position with regard to what the Republican Party should do in this state,” Stoker said. “I have no dog in this fight, so to speak.” - Spokesman-Review</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:46:59 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49659 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Rules Peterson Is No Longer Chairman Of Idaho's Republican Party Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-didnt-know-8-immigrant-children-have-been-sent-idaho-border-surge <p></p><p><em>This post was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 25, 2014.</em></p><p>This week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho" target="_blank">sent a letter to federal officials</a> telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>However, federal officials say they've already sent children from the border to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:25 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 49430 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>Otter on Wednesday sent the letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez.</p><p>Idaho has not been contacted by federal officials about bringing any of the children to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:20:47 +0000 Associated Press 49406 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho