Politics & Goverment

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Twitter has become ubiquitous in politics. The social media platform is one way to reach voters, but it’s not without pitfalls. In Idaho, there’s a growing number of Twitter accounts created just to make fun of Gem State politicos.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Results for the Eagle City Council election may not be final just yet.

The Idaho primary election is just under six months away. In a state where the GOP primary often determines who becomes governor, early polling numbers indicate a lot of Republican voters have yet to make up their minds.

City of Boise

Stack Rock Reserve will grow to more than 2,000 acres under a new deal approved by Boise City Council Tuesday.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

For the first time, political candidates across Idaho would have to disclose parts of their finances to run for office under a new proposal from state lawmakers.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Female state legislators are calling for mandatory sexual harassment training inside the Idaho Statehouse.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy said Monday the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations surfacing in governments and businesses around the country inspired her to reach out to legislative leaders.

Nancy Harris

Before the Thanksgiving break, the GOP-controlled Senate is trying to get as much done on their tax proposal as possible. At the same time, a group opposed to the plan in Idaho has found a way to incorporate the holiday into their protest. 


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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

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 on the controversial proposal 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.

Idaho Legislature

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.

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