Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

When it comes to the question of whether the F-35 fighter jet should be based in Boise, views vary widely depending on your perspective. (Catch up on the issues here.) But the Idaho Department of Commerce makes their position clear:

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During Ryan Zinke’s nomination hearing in the Senate last January, he was adamant on one point:

“I am absolutely against transfer or sale of public land," he replied to a question from Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The number of Republican lawmakers distancing themselves from GOP Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore continues to grow. Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is the latest to join top Republicans in urging Moore to drop out after previously questioning whether the allegations of sexual misconduct were true.

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State Rep. Christy Perry (R-Nampa) says she's officially entering the crowded race of candidates vying for Idaho's open 1st Congressional District seat.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Jeffrey McMorris will administer HUD in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Most recently McMorris was the chief of staff for a King County councilmember in Washington State, where he oversaw budgeting, policy and communications.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Democrats are demanding the state cut ties to a program intended to stamp out voter fraud.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

One of the United Kingdom’s top representatives in the United States passed through Boise recently. Andrew Whittaker is the U.K.’s Consul General in San Francisco. Headquartered in Northern California, he oversees consular affairs across seven states in the West.

Ada County Statehouse Capitol Building Attorney General Office
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Attorney General's office flagged a handful of concerns while vetting a proposal seeking to expand Medicaid coverage through a ballot initiative rather than through the state's Republican-dominated Legislature.

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Senior political science student Eva Rodriguez is one of 10 students selected to serve on a national advisory council with the Association of American University Women. The group promotes gender equity at universities.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A third of Boise’s city council will get new blood after last night’s election.

 


A formal complaint regarding the proposed stadium for downtown Boise was recently filed with the Ada County Prosecutor's Office by the group Concerned Boise Taxpayers. They point to emails suggesting violations of Idaho’s open meeting law.

Jarom Wagoner, a Caldwell city planner, will be the newest member of the Idaho House of Representatives.

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

When you cast your ballot today, that choice will be kept private. But dozens of people will know if you showed up to the polls, your name, address and your party affiliation – even if they don’t know for whom you voted.

Gowen Field Military Division Idaho National Guard
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho National Guard has welcomed a new commanding general.

KTVB-TV reports that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other National Guard members met at Gowen Field Sunday for a change of command ceremony.

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Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl will serve no time in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Army solider walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by a group connected to the Taliban.

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