Politics & Goverment

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Idaho Texting While Driving Ban Hits Snag

Feb 28, 2012

BOISE, ID – At least thirty five states ban texting while driving according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  Idaho lawmakers are working on a bill to join that list.  But the House Transportation Committee decided Tuesday to consider some changes.

BOISE, ID – National Park Service officials cleared out Occupy D.C. earlier this month.  Only a few tents stand there now as part of 24-hour vigils.  Camping, sleeping, and cooking are banned.  Something similar is unfolding in Idaho with Occupy Boise.

We introduced you to Occupy Boise member Mike Dooley earlier this month.  The 22-year old used to live in a homeless shelter, but found the protest movement more to his liking.  Now, Dooley spends his days at Occupy meetings and developing his photography skills.

Idaho Romney Backers Tout His Economic Plan

Feb 24, 2012

BOISE, ID – Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney outlined his economic plan today on the home turf of the Detroit Lions football team in Michigan.  In Idaho, Governor Butch Otter and U.S. Senator Jim Risch spoke by phone to support Romney’s plan.

Governor Butch Otter and U.S. Senator Jim Risch co-chair the Mitt Romney for President campaign in Idaho.  This is the second time this month they’ve arranged a phone call to tout his ideas.  They support Romney’s plan to jump-start the nation’s economy.  Senator Risch says it allows businesses to create more jobs.


BOISE, ID – Idaho Senators want to make it illegal for people to drive and text at the same time. They approved a bill Tuesday that would do just that, although it would not apply to voice-operated or hands free devices.  Republican Senator Joyce Broadsword admitted that she’s driven and sent text messages at the same time:

Governor Otter Signs Law To Evict Occupy Boise

Feb 21, 2012

BOISE, ID – Occupy Boise protestors will have to move off the grounds of the Old Ada County Courthouse by Monday afternoon.  Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter signed legislation today that prohibits camping on some state lands.  Jon Hanian is Otter’s spokesman.  He says, “It really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.  He indicated about a month ago that he would sign that legislation if and when it reached his desk.”   Otter feels strongly that people don’t have a right to live on state property, according to Hanian.  Idaho’s Department of Administration will carry out the eviction on Mond

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul wrapped up a campaign tour through the Pacific Northwest Saturday with a stop in Boise. His rally at CenturLink Arena in downtown marked his third visit to the state this week.

Romney Raises Money And Campaigns In Boise

Feb 17, 2012

BOISE, ID – Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney visited Boise today for a private lunch and public rally.  More than twelve hundred people turned out for that rally at a company that makes modular housing projects.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney played up his business credentials at his Boise rally.


BOISE, Id – The Idaho House has voted to evict Occupy Boise protesters from their encampment next to the Idaho Statehouse.  The group pitched their tents on state land last November.

Republican Scott Bedke supports the measure:

Scott Bedke “This bill closes a loophole, this is exactly the same language that is in the city of Boise ordinance and this bill will be applied uniformly into the future.”

House Minority Leader John Rusche disagreed saying it was a poke in the eye for protestors.

Romney Visits Idaho Ahead of Super Tuesday

Feb 17, 2012

This has been the week for Republican presidential candidates to visit Idaho ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6th. Earlier in the week Rick Santorum stopped in Boise. Ron Paul was next with a visit to Twin Falls. And Friday former Massachusettes Governor Mitt Romney toured through a modular construction company in Southeast Boise and held a rally. Sadie Babits and Scott Ki were at Guerdon Enterprises. They talk with Samantha Wright about who showed up for the event and about Romney’s speech.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd today in Boise.  He spoke at Guerdon Enterprises, a modular building company on Federal Way.  He covered a list of topics, from the Keystone Pipeline and military spending, to personal freedom and the national debt :

Republican hopeful Ron Paul campaigns in Idaho over the next few days.  He stopped first in Twin Falls today.  Scott Ki spoke with Samantha Wright about Paul’s rally in Eastern Idaho.  Scott Ki is in Twin Falls  where he’s been reporting on Ron Paul’s stop there.

Santorum Courts Idaho Voters

Feb 15, 2012

Republican presidential candidates have Idaho on their campaign schedules ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6th. Rick Santorum arrived Tuesday to flex his conservative credentials.  His visit marks the first of three stops by Republican contenders this week.

Nearly 1,300 people were on their feet Tuesday night as Rick Santorum walked on stage wearing his trademark sweater vest and cowboy boots.  “I don’t know why more presidential candidates don’t come to Boise. This is pretty amazing,” Santorum told the crowd.

GOP Presidential Candidates Campaign In Idaho

Feb 14, 2012

BOISE, ID – Two Republican Presidential hopefuls visit Idaho this week.  Rick Santorum held a rally in Coeur D’Alene earlier today and campaigns tonight in Boise.  On Friday, Mitt Romney comes to Boise for a fundraiser and public rally.  U.S. Senator Jim Risch co-chairs the Romney campaign in Idaho.  He says, “I believe Mitt Romney has a substantially better chance at beating Barack Obama than Rick Santorum does.”

Labrador Runs Again

Feb 13, 2012

BOISE, ID – Congressman Raul Labrador drew hundreds of supporters to the Idaho statehouse Monday.  The Republican from Eagle kicked-off his reelection campaign surrounded by dozens of state lawmakers and elected officials.

Raul Labrador served four years in the Idaho House of Representatives before his election to Congress in 2010.  He defeated Vaughn Ward in that year’s Republican primary.  Labrador then went on to beat incumbent Democrat Walt Minnick to represent Idaho’s Congressional District One.


BOISE, Id – An overflow crowd watched today as the Senate State Affairs Committee killed a bill that would have made it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Idaho.  The bill would have added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.  Pocatello Senator Edgar Malepeai made an impassioned plea before the committee, in favor of the bill.