Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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House has spiked a budget proposal for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra's office due to ongoing disagreements over the state's reading assessment for young students.

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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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If you’re listening to Legislative Breakdown every week, chances are you probably also check in day-to-day to the Eye on Boise blog from the Spokesman Review.

The blog is THE spot to find out what’s happening during every hour of the legislature in real time and the reporter who makes it all happen is Betsy Russell.

You can find her running, literally, from committee meeting to protest to press conference, working hard to keep up.

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo’s bill to ease financial protections established by the Dodd-Frank Act passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis got the green light from the U.S. Senate this week. Crapo’s proposal drew bipartisan support.

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Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 Idaho students took over the steps at the state capitol in Boise. They were there to protest state and national gun laws after the deadly school shooting in Florida last month.

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Idaho could soon adopt its own "stand your ground" law after House lawmakers sent the bill to Governor Butch Otter’s desk Tuesday.

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Idaho’s legislative leaders say more needs be done to help prevent school shootings, bucking comments made last month by Gov. Butch Otter.

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Monday, Idaho House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give judges more leeway in handing down sentences in drug trafficking cases.

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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 federal government weighed in on Idaho’s attempt to skirt provisions in the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to state leaders warning them they were on thin ice with the proposed policies.

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Idaho's House has advanced legislation cracking down on people who make threats against schools.

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A bill to increase Idaho’s new child tax credit was introduced in the legislature Friday.

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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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Who doesn’t like sausage? Tastes great at breakfast, but it can get kind of ugly when there’s just two weeks left in the Idaho Legislature.

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Idaho's move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, U.S. officials said Thursday.