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Education in Idaho got another nod from Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention this week.

Wednesday the former Florida governor held a fundraiser. Some of the money will go to the campaign to keep Idaho’s Student’s Come First laws.

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Thirty-two Idaho delegates are in Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention.  The list includes some well-known names, like Governor Butch Otter, U.S. Senator Jim Risch and former State Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko.  Delegates are hosted at parties and attend special meals put on by interest groups.  But it’s not all fun and games.  David Adler directs the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State.

Samantha Wright asked Adler about what it means to be selected as a delegate.

Boise National Forest

Officials on the Trinity Ridge Fire are about to get some help from the Idaho National Guard. The Guard has been activated to help with Idaho wildfires because of a  disaster declaration issued by Governor Butch Otter.  The Idaho Emergency Operations Center is sending Guard members to the fire which is near Pine and Featherville.

Eighty National Guard members will staff 20 checkpoints in the area, 24 hours a day.  The teams will consist of both airmen and soldiers from various Idaho Army and Air Guard units.  They should take over the checkpoints on Sunday.

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A small flowering plant known as Slickspot Peppergrass won't be listed as a "threatened species" any more under the Endangered Species Act. A U.S. District Court ruled today in favor of the state of Idaho and Governor Butch Otter to remove the plant's designation. There's been a decade long legal battle over whether Slickspot Peppergrass warranted such protection.  

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More than 236,000 Idahoans are currently enrolled in Medicaid.  That’s the federal-state funded health care program for low-income adults and children.  If the state chooses to expand eligibility in Idaho to 138 percent of poverty, 100,000 people could join the rolls.

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Earlier this week, we told you about the work of Idaho's legislative healthcare task force - 14 lawmakers who met Monday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.  Today a task force created by the governor will hold the first in a series of meetings that will help decide the future of health care in Idaho. 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has created two groups to study Idaho’s health care options under the federal Affordable Care Act.

As some Republican governor’s across the U.S. are rejecting key components of President Obama’s health care law, Gov. Otter has said Idaho’s best bet is to carefully examine expanding Medicaid and creating a health insurance exchange.

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The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, has Idaho's governor wanting more study on creating a state health exchange and expanding Medicaid. So Butch Otter has put together two groups to look at these issues including the costs.

The Governor  wants recommendations from his working groups on what to do about a health insurance exchange and Medicaid by this fall.

Courtesy Will Cavanauagh

Last week, Boise resident Will Cavanaugh, 77, found an email in his inbox.  It was from left-leaning political action group MoveOn.org.  Would he like to write a petition about anything?  “Sure,” he thought.  Healthcare was on his mind, given the recent Supreme Court ruling.  “How about the Medicaid expansion?”

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An alleged “secret scheme” to allow more nuclear waste into Idaho is at the center of a squabble between current and past governors. 

Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus (D) wrote in an op-ed Sunday he believes state and Idaho National Laboratory officials want to “revise” a 1995 agreement.  That agreement requires the federal government to remove all nuclear waste from INL by 2035.  Andrus said revisions would extend the deadline by fifteen years, and open Idaho’s borders to 3,000 metric tons of commercial spent nuclear fuel. 

Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) is in Utah Friday to meet with other chief executives from neighboring states.  It’s the first ever meeting of what’s called the Rocky Mountain Roundtable.  They discussed common issues like public lands, water resources, and endangered species. 

Trade Mission To China Showcases Unexpected Idaho Businesses

Apr 17, 2012
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The most recent trade mission to China organized by the state Department of Commerce and headlined by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is underway this week.

Computer and electronic products make up the lion’s share of Idaho’s exports to China, but that sector isn’t represented in the lineup of 15 Idaho companies working to explore and strengthen trade ties.

Idaho Statesman

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho commerce and business officials are preparing for their week-long trip to China.  The trade mission takes off this Saturday.

Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Governor “Butch” Otter said Friday the legislature had “81 very successful days.”  That’s how long it took to wrap up this session. 

Gavels Down: Idaho Lawmakers Go Home

Mar 30, 2012
Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers wrapped up business Thursday and called an end to the 2012 legislative session.  In the Idaho House, legislators joked over the motion to adjourn.  “You’ve heard the motion, all those in favor say aye…Aye!...All those opposed say nay…Nay…The ayes appear to have it. The ayes do have it. The House stands adjourned Sine Die.”

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