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A group that has long pushed for Idaho lawmakers to pass legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination has shuttered its political action committee.

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This year's Idaho Republican Convention stuck pretty much to script until 26-year-old Dom Gelsomino took the floor and introduced himself as a "Christian, a fellow conservative and Idaho's first openly gay Republican to run for office." 

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Idaho voters will get to choose whether to legalize gambling on historic horse races later this fall. It’s the first ballot initiative to come before voters since 2008.

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James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Activists hoping to expand Medicaid in Idaho say they turned in more than 70,000 signatures Friday to get the measure on the ballot in November.

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The Senate and House have passed two versions of the Farm Bill. The differences between the two pieces of legislation now have to be hashed out by legislators. The final bill could have a big impact on low-income residents in our region.

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On Thursday, the “Save Idaho Horse Racing” campaign delivered 50 boxes of signed petitions to the Idaho Secretary of State in an effort to get their initiative on the November ballot.

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Idaho Democrats kick off their convention this weekend in Caldwell. The delegates will meet for two days to discuss the party’s strategy going into election season in November.

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The Trump Administration will distribute a record amount of money to counties with non-taxable federal land this year. In March, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill that included full funding for the Payment in Lieu of taxes program, better known as PILT.

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The Idaho GOP kicks off its annual convention Thursday. Delegates from across the state have come to Pocatello to discuss the party platform and prepare for the November election. Friday evening, they’ll hear from Oliver North, incoming president of the National Rifle Association.

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Republican state Sen. Marv Hagedorn started his public service in the Navy. Now, he’ll help others who have served in the military in his new role as administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. The Meridian lawmaker will start his new job at the end of July.

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Republican Sen. Jim Risch is sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for federal fishery managers to kill sea lions that could prey on salmon and steelhead. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington has also signed on in support of the proposal.

 


Ranking U.S. House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They want to know more about a land deal between Zinke’s family foundation and a real estate project with ties to the oil and gas giant Halliburton.


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Boise will celebrate World Refugee Day on Saturday in the Grove Plaza by holding a naturalization ceremony for 20 refugees.

A federal watchdog group said the U.S. Interior Department didn’t give an adequate reason for cancelling a study on the health impacts of coal mining last year.

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Idaho Senator Jim Risch is praising the Trump Administration’s first steps in attempting to disarm North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

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