Idaho Politics

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

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Three-term state Representative Hy Kloc was noticeably absent this year from the Idaho Legislature. It wasn’t until earlier this month that he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and wouldn't be seeking re-election.

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The finish line is in sight for the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers pushed through nearly 100 bills this week as they worked to wrap up and go home. They won’t officially end until next week, even though they’ve worked through the major issues of the 2018 session.

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Just a few days remain in this year’s legislative session.

If Idaho lawmakers wrap up things next week as they plan to do, it will have been a shorter, but busier session than usual.

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The deadline to file as a candidate in the upcoming May primary passed at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Twelve people are running for governor according to the Secretary of State’s office. Familiar names in Idaho politics are on the list: Raul Labrador, Brad Little and A.J. Balukoff to name a few. And two candidates who went viral in the 2014 governor’s race – Walter Bayes and Harley Brown – are also running.

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The Idaho Legislature is just a couple of weeks away from going home and bills are moving through at a furious pace -- at least in the House.

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Thursday, the Idaho Senate passed Governor Butch Otter’s massive tax cut bill on a vote of 26-9. It had already passed the House and now just needs Otter's signature to become law. The bill cut taxes for some in Idaho and creates a $130 dollar child tax credit.

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As state lawmakers sift through the nearly 400 bills introduced this session, two of them have been moving quickly, but quietly, through the chambers.

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A national Democratic group is coming to Idaho on Saturday to try and help Idaho Democrats get a foothold in local races.

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More than 400 bills are working their way through the Idaho Legislature in what has been a very busy week for lawmakers.

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Week five of the Idaho Legislature saw a lot of action in committees and on the House Floor. Big ticket issues were addressed, including a combination tax cut and tax conformity bill.

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A bill that would restore dental coverage to some Idaho Medicaid patients passed the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday.

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Two House members in the Idaho Legislature have put together a video, explaining how to give testimony to a legislative committee.

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Week four of the 2018 Idaho Legislature has come to a close. This first month is typically a time when more and more bills are introduced by lawmakers and when public testimony starts to heat up in committees.

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A recent story in the Idaho Statesman looked at two polls surveying respondents about who they’d vote for in this year’s gubernatorial election. There are several big GOP names running in Republican primary: Congressman Raul Labrador, Lt. Governor Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist are among the conservative frontrunners.

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