Politics & Goverment

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Ultra-conservative state representative Heather Scott from North Idaho is defending so-called white nationalists in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville. Over the weekend, Scott posted on her Facebook page that a white nationalist was someone who was for the Constitution and making America great again.


Three days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and condemnations from all but one of Idaho’s congressional delegation, Representative Raul Labrador finally issued a statement.

Tuesday evening, following urging from Governor Butch Otter earlier in the day, Congressman Raul Labrador finally made his own statement about the events in Charlottesville.

In a release from his office, Labrador says he waited to respond because he didn’t want to insert himself in a national tragedy neither about him nor politics.

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The eclipse is now less than a week away. As anticipation builds for this once-in-a-lifetime solar spectacle, logistical realities are setting in. Communities in the path of totality are expecting to be swarmed and are preparing for hordes of people.


Tom Banse

Just one electrical transmission line serves parts of the Wood River Valley. After years of debate, the proposal to build a second line as a backup is finally before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.


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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch (R) defended President Donald Trump’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea Tuesday as tensions over the country’s nuclear weapons program continue to escalate.

 

 

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Tuesday the head of the Idaho Department of Labor resigned from his job, effective immediately. Ken Edmunds has faced a handful of scandals while at the helm.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In the wake of the Trump Administration requesting partial social security numbers, dates of birth and other information about registered voters across the U.S., one Idaho state lawmaker is trying to keep that information private – at least partially.

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Immigration is a consistently hot-button topic, but since the President vowed to build that "big, beautiful wall" and proposed banning people from the U.S. who came from several Muslim-majority countries, it has remained at the forefront of political conversation.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

So far, five Republican candidates are jockeying to be Idaho's next lieutenant governor. We have a look at the candidates, the job and the latest financial numbers from their campaigns.

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The Trump Administration has nominated an Idaho attorney to lead the Interior Department’s legal team. Ryan Nelson has been the General Counsel at the Melaleuca Corporation for almost eight years.

The Idaho Falls-based nutritional supplements company is owned by billionaire and Republican donor Frank VanderSloot. In a statement, the CEO said “Ryan is a true patriot and I fully support his personal sacrifice in serving this country that he loves so much.”

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Idaho Republican candidates running for the state's top elected seat in 2018 are already collecting big contributions, even though the primary election is still 10 months away.

Boise businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist raised more than $952,000 since March — with roughly $378,000 coming from Ahlquist. Ahlquist's campaign says it's the most mid-year fundraising total for a governor's race in Idaho history.

However, Ahlquist's opponents have also been busy attracting support across the state.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Idaho's Republican Senator Mike Crapo led the charge in the nation's capital to pass a bill Tuesday strengthening sanctions against Russia and limiting the President's ability to lift or interfere with sanctions.

Senate Democrats and Republicans came together in a moment of comity to pass the sanctions bill 97 to 2.

The bill maintains and tightens sanctions on Russia and empowers Congress, not the president, when it comes to overseeing diplomatic and economic restrictions on foreign powers.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a motion to proceed with GOP health care legislation. Idaho’s two senators voted in favor of the motion. Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch both voted in favor of the motion, which required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to proceed.

The vote fell along party lines, but two Republican senators dissented.

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Idaho is now one of only two states that don't require personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers and other elected or appointed officials.

The Spokesman-Review reports Vermont legislators signed into law last month a series of ethics reforms including financial disclosure rules. That leaves just Idaho and Michigan as the states lacking a similar law.

The Idaho Legislature has appointed a working group of lawmakers to study possible changes to the state's campaign finance reporting rules and ethics, however.

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At least one member of Idaho's entirely Republican congressional delegation is getting flustered by the controversies swirling around the Trump White House. Representative Mike Simpson isn’t mincing words in a recent Politico article.

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