Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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The Idaho Transportation Department's board is eyeing property near Interstate 84 in the Magic Valley. Observers say it could be a sign the agency plans to relocate its regional headquarters in Shoshone to an area closer to the cities of Twin Falls and Jerome.

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The latest attempt by Republican senators to repeal the Affordable Care Act is still looking for the 51 votes necessary to pass it this month. Known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, the policy would repeal Medicaid expansion for low-income folks and revoke the premium tax credits that are mainstays of Obamacare.


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Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.

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At the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, President Trump will call on other countries to do more to address global challenges such as North Korea's nuclear saber-rattling and destabilizing actions by Iran.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R) has introduced a bill to expand sales of switchblade knives across the country.

 

 

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Evidence has come to light indicating Russia was behind an anti-immigrant protest set to take place last summer in Twin Falls. The revelation comes as more proof the hostile foreign power tried to shape events in the run-up to last year’s election.


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Following the destructive spring flooding that stemmed from Idaho’s severe winter, federal disaster aid is available to five counties throughout the southern part of the state.


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A new pilot project will let people from around the state testify at public legislative hearings without having to come all the way to Boise.

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A handful of organizations will rally Saturday at the Idaho capitol in Boise to show their support for protections for children of undocumented immigrants.

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After neighborhoods in Hailey flooded earlier this year, leaders in the community are now looking at mitigation measures to prevent the water from rising too high in the future.

Safeguarding the Della View neighborhood from another big flood is a top priority. Some of the proposals up for discussion include raising or lowering certain parts of city streets, elevating homes in flood-prone areas, improving storm drain infrastructure and building berms along the Big Wood River channel.

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The Idaho secretary of state's office has turned over voters' names, addresses and other public information to President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud.

Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst said Wednesday the commission filled out the state's official public records request form and paid the $20 fee required to obtain the data last week. Election officials then mailed Idaho's voter rolls to the commission on Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump’s decision to halt the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, a.k.a. DACA, sparked a range of responses across the nation. In Idaho, many leaders say the President made the right move ending the Obama-era program.


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A popular but toxic landscaping plant blamed for more than a hundred wildlife deaths over the last two winters isn’t going to be listed as a noxious weed.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's dormant congressional campaign committee recently sold a 2004 motor home at a steep discount to an old friend in the Montana Legislature.

But a seemingly ordinary transaction between friends, when seen through the optics of stringent campaign finance laws, can raise a bevy of questions - especially when those friends are politically high-powered and well-connected.

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Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus died on Thursday, after years in political office and public service. He was a Democratic Governor in a state with a Republican legislature, but still managed to get things done.


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