Politics + Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Why It Took 27 Years And $94 Million To Complete Idaho Water Rights Adjudication http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-it-took-27-years-and-94-million-complete-idaho-water-rights-adjudication <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The largest-ever review of water rights claims wrapped up in Idaho this week. A project that started in 1987 ended Monday when a judge signed the final decree of the <a href="http://www.srba.state.id.us/">Snake River Basin Adjudication</a>.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:53:07 +0000 Scott Graf 51385 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why It Took 27 Years And $94 Million To Complete Idaho Water Rights Adjudication Ada County Mistakenly Revokes Voter Registrations http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-mistakenly-revokes-voter-registrations <p></p><p>Ada County officials say they mistakenly revoked 765 voter registrations and are working to get them restored.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane <a href="http://bit.ly/1vUjx3F" target="_blank">tells the Idaho Statesman</a> that workers discovered the mistake Thursday.</p><p>He says the revocations happened when workers compared Ada County voter registrations with registrations from 27 other states that's part of a process to remove duplicate registrations.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:44:32 +0000 Associated Press 51380 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ada County Mistakenly Revokes Voter Registrations Idaho Ag Group Says It Never Meant To Deny Access To Dairies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-ag-group-says-it-never-meant-deny-access-dairies <p><em>&nbsp;This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. Aug. 27, 2014. </em></p><p>The Idaho dairy industry group <a href="http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/08/26/3342107/idaho-dairy-org-tells-farmers.html?sp=/99/101/531/" target="_blank">that sent a letter</a> to its members urging them to deny media tours and on-farm interviews now says it never meant to deny access.</p><p>Tuesday, after the Associated Press reported the letter was sent to 500 dairies, a public relations firm followed up with this statement from United Dairymen of Idaho CEO Karianne Fallow:</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 51197 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Ag Group Says It Never Meant To Deny Access To Dairies Idaho's New GOP Chairman Promises To Leave Personal Politics Out Of His Job http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-new-gop-chairman-promises-leave-personal-politics-out-his-job <p>The new leader of Idaho's Republican Party says the GOP is beginning to heal after a chaotic state convention in June, and a summer full of fighting <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party" target="_blank">that ended in court</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:47:14 +0000 Scott Graf 51253 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's New GOP Chairman Promises To Leave Personal Politics Out Of His Job Special Idaho Court A Model In Fight Against Domestic Violence http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/special-idaho-court-model-fight-against-domestic-violence <p>Rick and Tess laugh a lot. After 22 years together, they finish each others sentences and tease each other constantly. “I’ve got the one-in-a-million,” says Rick of his wife. “Yeah, me too,” laughs Tess.<strong> </strong>The pair's marriage hasn't always been easy, three years ago Rick was arrested on domestic violence charges.<br /><br />Rick and Tess didn’t want to use their real names, but they did want to talk about their experience with Ada County’s domestic violence court. This special court has become a model for judges around the country in the fight against domestic violence.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:35:50 +0000 Samantha Wright 51029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Special Idaho Court A Model In Fight Against Domestic Violence Boise Mayor Appoints 22 Students To City Positions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-mayor-appoints-22-students-city-positions <p></p><p>Nearly two-dozen Boise high school students are getting a little extra civics homework this year.</p><p>Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has appointed 22 students to serve on various city boards, commissions and committees over the course of the school year.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:37 +0000 Associated Press 51141 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Mayor Appoints 22 Students To City Positions 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