Politics http://boisestatepublicradio.org en What Do Idaho Voters Want? Without Recent Public Opinion Polls, It's Hard To Tell http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-do-idaho-voters-want-without-recent-public-opinion-polls-its-hard-tell <p></p><p>Idaho voters will soon be inundated with campaign ads and sound bites from political candidates who proclaim to know exactly what Idahoans want. But it's unclear how voters are feeling heading into the May 20 primary election, thanks to a lack of public opinion polling. Without such polling, it's tough to tell if politicians' rhetoric matches the electorate's viewpoint.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43607 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org What Do Idaho Voters Want? Without Recent Public Opinion Polls, It's Hard To Tell Idaho Governor Candidate Spurns NRA Questionnaire http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-candidate-spurns-nra-questionnaire <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses.</p><p>Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA.</p><p>Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Associated Press 43461 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Candidate Spurns NRA Questionnaire Remembering Bethine Church And Her Passion For People And Politics http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/remembering-bethine-church-and-her-passion-people-and-politics <p>Bethine Church was widow of Senator Frank Church and would have turned 91 on Feb. 19 2014, she died on Dec. 21, 2013 at her home in Boise. Bethine was one of Idaho’s sweethearts and a political powerhouse in her own right. Her contributions to Idaho and its institutions are numerous and include being the founder and chair of The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.</p><p>Shortly after the launch of this weekly radio show in 2003, Bethine Church was a guest and we spoke about her new memoir, “A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics.”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 40215 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Remembering Bethine Church And Her Passion For People And Politics Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tea-party-wants-make-spending-federal-case-idaho Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>In election years, we hear a lot of reporting from swing states: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin. We do not usually hear as much from a place like Idaho, because it is so deeply one color: red. But this midterm election year, Idaho is home to one of the most closely watched races in this nation. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:16:46 +0000 David Greene 38949 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-district-reflects-battle-over-gops-soul In 2013, the battle lines were drawn within the Republican Party. This year, war may be breaking out across the country.<p>The Tea Party has already proven it has the energy, influence and cash to change elections and shape the landscape of Congress. Now, moderate and establishment-oriented Republicans are trying to match their intensity.<p>Case in point: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, where we are reporting from this week on <em>Morning Edition</em>. Eight-term Rep. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:52:45 +0000 David Greene & Arnie Seipel 38892 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul Gov. Otter Has More Than $700K To Run Against Fulcher In Idaho's Primary http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-has-more-700k-run-against-fulcher-idahos-primary <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he has more than $700,000 in cash to wage a campaign against his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher.</p><p>Otter filed his latest campaign report Tuesday, outlining his 2013 fundraising when he brought in $901,000, largely from business groups.</p><p>Fulcher hasn't filed his report.</p><p>Meanwhile, Otter hasn't formally announced he's running for a third term.</p><p>Among Otter's biggest supporters were trucking lobbyists, cigarette maker Altria, retailer Wal-Mart and wealthy Emmett rancher Harry Bettis, who gave $7,500.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:22:27 +0000 Associated Press 38853 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Has More Than $700K To Run Against Fulcher In Idaho's Primary Boise Democrat, Lawyer Wants Risch's U.S. Senate Seat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-democrat-lawyer-wants-rischs-us-senate-seat <p></p><p>A Boise lawyer plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Risch.</p><p>Nels Mitchell aims to announce his run Tuesday at Boise's historic train depot.</p><p>Mitchell grew up in Idaho's capital, but spent much of his professional career as a lawyer in New York and California.</p><p>His legal experience includes several years as an associate regional director at the Securities and Exchange Commission in southern California, where he oversaw a staff of about 75 people who investigated and prosecuted securities fraud cases in the Los Angeles area.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:58:52 +0000 Associated Press 38453 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Democrat, Lawyer Wants Risch's U.S. Senate Seat Election Year Could Cut Short Idaho's Legislative Session http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/election-year-could-cut-short-idahos-legislative-session <p>The 2014 Idaho legislative session started just last week, but there are already people watching the calendar to see when lawmakers will go home. That matters to taxpayers because each day of the session costs roughly $30,000.&nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers aren't just thinking about the money, but they're gearing up for the primary election this May.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 38317 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Election Year Could Cut Short Idaho's Legislative Session Some Idaho Republican Leaders Ask Rep. Patterson To Resign http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-idaho-republican-leaders-ask-rep-patterson-resign <p><strong>Update, 4:30 p.m.</strong>: Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday.</p><p>Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains "fluid" and that no meeting agenda has been finalized.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:27:38 +0000 Associated Press 36742 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Idaho Republican Leaders Ask Rep. Patterson To Resign Jobs For Life? Meet The Politicians Of A Tiny Northwest Town http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/jobs-life-meet-politicians-tiny-northwest-town <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112213CL_smalltownpolitics_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.<p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:10:20 +0000 Chris Lehman 35975 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Jobs For Life? Meet The Politicians Of A Tiny Northwest Town Brad Little Announces Another Run For Idaho Lieutenant Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/brad-little-announces-another-run-idaho-lieutenant-governor <p>Idaho’s lieutenant governor announced Wednesday&nbsp; his plans to run for the same office in 2014. Brad Little made the announcement during an outdoor event in his hometown of Emmett.</p><p>The news ends speculation that Little was preparing for a run for governor. Idaho’s current governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, attended Little’s announcement. Otter has said he plans to run for re-election in 2014, but has not officially kicked off a campaign.&nbsp;</p><p>Little will now visit various Idaho cities over the next two weeks.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:30:44 +0000 Scott Graf 32556 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Brad Little Announces Another Run For Idaho Lieutenant Governor Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little To Seek Re-Election In 2014 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lt-gov-brad-little-seek-re-election-2014 <p>Lieutenant Gov. Brad Little is running again in 2014, hoping to secure a second elected term.</p><p>Little made the announcement Wednesday in Emmett, his hometown about 40 miles northwest of Boise.</p><p>The 59-year-old Republican rancher and businessman was appointed in 2009 by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter after former Lt. Gov. Jim Risch's U.S. Senate election. He was re-elected in 2010.</p><p>With Otter planning to seek a third term, Little appears content to remain in the part-time, $35,100-per-year job as the governor's fill-in.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:39:50 +0000 Associated Press 32548 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little To Seek Re-Election In 2014 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/15-months-general-election-idaho-politics-making-headlines <p>Normally a slow news season when it comes to politics, Idaho's headlines in recent days have been rife with political developments. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:40:10 +0000 Scott Graf 29466 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines Boise School Board Trustee Mulls Democratic Gubernatorial Run http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-school-board-trustee-mulls-democratic-gubernatorial-run <p>A Boise school board trustee is considering whether to run for Idaho governor as a Democrat.</p><p>The <em>Idaho Statesman</em> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/py7x375">reports</a> A.J. Balukoff will decide sometime in the next several months whether to wage a 2014 campaign against two-term Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who says he's running again.</p><p>Balukoff has been on the Boise School Board for 16 years.</p><p>He's also part-owner of the Century Link Arena, the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team and the Grove Hotel, all in Boise.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:43:03 +0000 Associated Press 29009 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise School Board Trustee Mulls Democratic Gubernatorial Run Idaho Democrats Look For New Recruits On Latino, LGBT Issues http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democrats-look-new-recruits-latino-lgbt-issues <p>Democrats in Idaho are hoping to breathe new life into the party in this overwhelmingly Republican state. Party leaders are <a href="http://idahodems.org/news/idaho-dems-summer-activist-tour/">hitting the road</a> with an appeal to Latino, gay and lesbian, and female voters.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:43:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 28789 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democrats Look For New Recruits On Latino, LGBT Issues Taxpayer Funded Voter Guide Won't Be Checked For Accuracy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/taxpayer-funded-voter-guide-wont-be-checked-accuracy <p>Idaho voters will&nbsp;soon have a new state-issued voter guide arriving in their&nbsp;mailboxes in the coming weeks. But the information inside hasn’t been fact-checked.&nbsp;</p><p>The Secretary of State’s office – which oversees elections – puts the guide together.&nbsp; It gets input from both sides of an issue or a race, and then prints what those campaigns submit.&nbsp; But that material isn’t vetted for accuracy.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:59:27 +0000 Scott Graf 13390 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Taxpayer Funded Voter Guide Won't Be Checked For Accuracy Rift In Deep Red Idaho Reveals Dueling Factions In GOP http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rift-deep-red-idaho-reveals-dueling-factions-gop <p>Republicans meet next week in Tampa, Florida to officially nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s 2012 presidential candidate. But in one of the reddest counties in the Northwest- Kootenai County, Idaho - a public rift is pulling apart the GOP – exposing factions Republicans are struggling to unite across the nation.<br><br>There’s one event every year in Coeur d’Alene where the local Republican Party can really shine in spectacular, patriotic fashion:&nbsp; The Fourth of July parade.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:40:16 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12246 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rift In Deep Red Idaho Reveals Dueling Factions In GOP Online Comment Reveals Rift In N. Idaho GOP http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/online-comment-reveals-rift-n-idaho-gop <p>A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. The case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:50:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10430 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Online Comment Reveals Rift In N. Idaho GOP Labrador Votes To Hold Attorney General Holder In Contempt http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-votes-hold-attorney-general-holder-contempt <p>The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>Holder withheld documents from a congressional investigation into the failed border security operation knownas&ldquo;Fast and Furious.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:09:58 +0000 8978 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador Votes To Hold Attorney General Holder In Contempt Idaho Senator Says Some Health Care Rules Will Stay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-senator-says-some-health-care-rules-will-stay <p>The U.S. Supreme Court will make a much anticipated decision this week on the nation&rsquo;s health care law.&nbsp; Idaho&#39;s senior senator believes some parts of the law will survive whatever the court decides.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 8811 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Senator Says Some Health Care Rules Will Stay