Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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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Traffic on Canyon County’s main highway could get a little bit lighter in the near future.

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A City of Boise program designed to give residents more say in improving their neighborhoods is expanding to three new areas.

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A planning group in southwest Idaho is contemplating bringing commuter rail to the region. They’re looking to Utah as an example.

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A group of state lawmakers is asking Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to call a special legislative session to support a potential deal on water rights in southwest Idaho.

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Legislative leaders say Gov. Butch Otter might call a special legislative session to address a years-long water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho.

A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers kicked off an anti-gerrymandering campaign this month. They want to take redistricting decisions out of the hands of state legislators and put it into the hands of twelve voters.

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The push to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of Idahoans is one step closer to landing in the hands of voters. Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says counties across the state have verified 58,000 signatures on an initiative to ask voters if they want to extend Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents.

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Only Congress can create wilderness areas, which have tight land use restrictions. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation to protect about 14,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain at Scotchman Peaks in 2016.

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Republican congressional candidate Russ Fulcher suffered broken ribs and minor scrapes after losing control of his motorcycle Friday afternoon.

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Idaho Republican leaders on Thursday rallied behind a message of unity just days after many of them faced off in heated and contentious primary contests.

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While many focused on the races for governor and Congress in yesterday’s primary, a big shakeup happened in eastern Idaho.

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