Politics + Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-woman-appeals-nsa-surveillance-lawsuit <p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cell phone information.</p><p>Anna Smith of Coeur d'Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency's collection of the data amounts to an illegal search and seizure. In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill dismissed her lawsuit, and now Smith is appealing the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:47 +0000 Associated Press 49204 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit Gay Rights Protesters Arrested At Idaho's Capitol To Be Sentenced http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-rights-protesters-arrested-idahos-capitol-be-sentenced <p></p><p></p><p>During the legislative session, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/44-gay-rights-activists-arrested-idaho-capitol" target="_blank">dozens of people protested</a> inside and outside the Idaho Capitol against discrimination. Monday is their chance to stand up in court and say why they did it.</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 49072 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Rights Protesters Arrested At Idaho's Capitol To Be Sentenced A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/look-where-gay-marriage-laws-stand-across-us-idaho <p></p><p>State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:52:02 +0000 Associated Press 49078 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho Idaho Defends Fetal Pain Abortion Law In Court http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-defends-fetal-pain-abortion-law-court <p>Idaho attorneys say a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy should be reversed because criminal charges against the eastern Idaho woman who filed the initial lawsuit had been dismissed.</p><p>The Idaho attorney general's office also told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, on Friday that the attorney who intervened on her behalf didn't have legal standing.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:03:03 +0000 Associated Press 49076 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-leader-sues-party-control <p></p><p>Idaho's Republican Party infighting may be solved in court.</p><p>The leader of Idaho's Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against two members of his own party who called an Aug. 2 meeting of the GOP Central Committee after the group left its state convention without voting on a platform or new leaders.</p><p>Chairman Barry Peterson has called for an Aug. 9 meeting.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-eccentric-political-candidate-harley-brown-gets-reality-tv-deal <p></p><p></p><p>Well, it happened. Idaho's very own gubernatorial debate superstar Harley Brown has inked a TV deal, <a href="http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/coming-soon-to-a-reality-tv-show-near-you-harley-brown/Content?oid=3151708" target="_blank">according to the Boise Weekly</a>.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:18:28 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48946 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal Coeur d'Alene Lost $1.5 Million Crisis Center After Regional Lawmakers Opposed Project http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coeur-dalene-lost-15-million-crisis-center-after-regional-lawmakers-opposed-project <p>Northern Idaho lawmakers opposing a bill to fund three mental health crisis centers is part of the reason Coeur d'Alene didn't get a $1.5 million behavioral-health crisis center.</p><p>Information obtained by the <a href="http://bit.ly/1jxuOVR" target="_blank">Coeur d'Alene Press</a> through a public records request shows that a committee gave the city a higher score than winner Idaho Falls.</p><p>But criteria also included lawmaker support, which the center attained in eastern Idaho.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:46:53 +0000 Associated Press 48926 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Ends Budget Year With More Cash Than Planned http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-ends-budget-year-more-cash-planned <p></p><p>State officials say Idaho closed the 2014 fiscal year with $7.2 million more than anticipated.</p><p>The Idaho Division of Financial Management reports that June's general fund receipts of $294.4 million were $8.4 million above economists' projections. Overall, last month's boost helped raise the final fiscal year totals to $2.81 billion.</p><p>That means general fund dollars went up 2.4 percent compared to the previous fiscal year.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:41:17 +0000 Associated Press 48891 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Ends Budget Year With More Cash Than Planned Idaho Endowment Fund Hits Record $1.7 Billion http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-endowment-fund-hits-record-17-billion <p>Idaho's endowment fund hit a record high of $1.73 billion after earning high returns on its investments over the past year.</p><p>Investment manager Larry Johnson told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that the fund during the fiscal year that ended June 30 earned its second-highest amount in its history.</p><p>This is also the second year in a row the fund hit an all-time high.</p><p>That means there will be an increase in how much the fund can distribute to public schools and other endowment beneficiaries.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:27:01 +0000 Associated Press 48863 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/constitution-might-have-something-say-when-police-shoot-dogs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114JR_DogShootings_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48689 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs Audit: More Proof Of Review Needed From Idaho Treasurer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/audit-more-proof-review-needed-idaho-treasurer <p></p><p>Auditors with the Idaho Legislature say State Treasurer Ron Crane has not provided enough evidence that a full review was conducted following an inappropriate money transfer.</p><p>The auditors found earlier this year Crane's office overrode internal controls meant to contain financial risk and the transfer resulted in a loss of at least $10.2 million loss of taxpayer money.</p><p>The 90-day follow-up audit says Crane's office asserts it has reviewed its securities lending transactions but has only provided state officials with documentation for two specific transactions.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 48616 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Audit: More Proof Of Review Needed From Idaho Treasurer Gov. Evans To Lie In State Friday At Idaho Capitol http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-evans-lie-state-friday-idaho-capitol <p>Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr. will lie in state Friday at the Idaho Capitol.</p><p>Evans died at his home in Boise on Tuesday at age 89.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1qZqEbz">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that a public viewing is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p>A funeral service will be held starting at 5 p.m. in Boise at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:49:28 +0000 Associated Press 48570 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labrador-asks-congress-turn-parcel-federal-land-idaho-county-gun-range <p></p><p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range.&nbsp;</p><p>The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48521 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Has Died At Age 89 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/former-idaho-gov-john-evans-has-died-age-89 <p>Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr., one of Idaho's last Mormon Democrats to achieve statewide political success, has died. He was 89.</p><p>Summers Funeral Home confirmed he died Tuesday morning at his home in Boise.</p><p>Evans was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Malad City. He is the grandson of the founder of the Idaho-based D.L. Evans Bank.</p><p>Evans was elected Idaho lieutenant governor in 1974, a position he held for the next three years. In 1977, he was elevated to the chief executive job when then-Gov. Cecil D. Andrus was named U.S. Interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:58:57 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 48441 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Utah's Limited Medical Marijuana Program Begins http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/utahs-limited-medical-marijuana-program-begins <p>Utah will begin issuing registration cards Tuesday for its limited medical marijuana program targeting adults and children with severe epilepsy.</p><p>A new state law doesn't allow medical marijuana production or distribution but permits those meeting certain requirements to possess a marijuana extract oil.</p><p>The oil is believed to help with severe seizures.</p><p>The extract's Colorado-based producer has a long waiting list, so many families are expected to apply for their Utah registration cards later this year when there will be more supply of the oil.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:54:56 +0000 Associated Press 48424 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Navy Veteran Sues Idaho For Right To Be Buried Next To Same-Sex Spouse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/navy-veteran-sues-idaho-right-be-buried-next-same-sex-spouse <p>A U.S. Navy veteran is suing after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.</p><p>Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery.</p><p>The couple was legally married in California in 2008, but cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho state law doesn't recognize their marriage.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:56:29 +0000 Associated Press 48366 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-warn-states-possible-highway-cash-holdback <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314TB_DOTfund_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Idaho Transportation Department has suspended advertising for bids for future highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same.<p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48228 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback Idaho Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Medicaid Case http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-asks-us-supreme-court-consider-medicaid-case <p></p><p>Idaho attorneys are requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court consider a state appeal of a lawsuit challenging Medicaid provider reimbursement rates.</p><p>Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed the petition paperwork Wednesday on behalf of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.</p><p>The state's appeal requests the justices to decide on a 2009 case where five providers alleged that Idaho's Medicaid rates were too low because they were kept at 2006 reimbursement levels.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:47:22 +0000 Associated Press 48111 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Medicaid Case 2 Idaho Congressmen Weigh In On GOP Infighting http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/2-idaho-congressmen-weigh-gop-infighting <p></p><p>Idaho's GOP congressional leaders say state party leaders should meet Aug. 2 to determine who's in charge and achieve unity.</p><p>GOP Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson issued a joint statement Tuesday saying that they that agree with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter that members should respect the date members have chosen to scrutinize their party leaders' qualifications.</p><p>Their announcement comes after weeks of division between far-right conservatives and establishment Republicans fighting over when the state central committee should meet this summer.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:05:36 +0000 Associated Press 48107 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 2 Idaho Congressmen Weigh In On GOP Infighting Idaho Takeover Of Privately Managed Prison Is Underway http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-takeover-privately-managed-prison-underway <p>The state takeover of a privately-managed prison in Boise is now underway.</p><p>Idaho corrections staff have been preparing for months to take over the 2,080-bed facility ever since Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced earlier this year he would not renew the $29 million-a-year contract with Corrections Corporations of America. That process officially began Tuesday.</p><p>Under CCA management, the prison has been sued and wracked by accusations of violence, gang activity and understaffing.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:59:22 +0000 Associated Press 48045 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org