Politics & Goverment

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Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Legislature has drafted its first bill for the 2018 session and it concerns a familiar issue from last year.

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Money, power, humility and budgets - that’s this week’s episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Representative Maxine Bell of Jerome.

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Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff officially kicked off his second bid for governor in Pocatello Wednesday, attempting to be the first Democrat to win statewide office since 2002.

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Idaho Legislature held mandatory sexual harassment training for all 105 lawmakers at the statehouse Tuesday. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) says the goal was to get everyone on the same page about what is and isn’t proper behavior at the capitol.

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Canyon County officials say former state representative Brandon Hixon was found dead at his home Tuesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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In Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter’s final State of the State address Monday, education loomed large. One of his proposals is to hire a chief education officer for public colleges and universities.

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter outlined his priorities during the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session during Monday’s State of the State address. He detailed both his budget proposal and the issues he wants to concentrate on during his last year in office.

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In his final State of the State address, Gov. Butch Otter (R) unveiled a significant tax cut and an ambitious healthcare plan to cover high-risk individuals under Medicaid.

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Leaders on both sides of the aisle at the Idaho statehouse agree on this: The issue of sexual harassment needs to be dealt with head-on this session.


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While the Associated Press hosted its annual preview of the upcoming legislative session at the capitol Friday morning, nine far right lawmakers held their own event spelling out their priorities.

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) signed an Executive Order Friday that would allow insurance companies to create new health care plans that shave off some of the requirements of the Affordable Health Care Act.

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Next week marks the start of the 2018 Idaho Legislature. While Governor Butch Otter will kick it off Monday with his final State of the State Address, the legislature will be looking at issues like education and children’s health care, with election year politics mixed in.

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Taxes, legislator squabbles, herding cats and goat rodeos make up this week’s episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest former Idaho House Speaker Bruce Newcomb.

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Blaine County is considering withdrawing from a state program in an attempt to disincentivize local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty and to take a stand against the practice over objections from the local prosecutor.

 

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho city councilwoman to the state House despite concerns raised by local Republicans that the selection process may have contained serious flaws.

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