Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.


Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl will serve no time in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Army solider walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by a group connected to the Taliban.

Ada County Courthouse Court Law Lawyer
Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County Clerk Chris Rich plans to retire after his second term ends January 7, 2019. The position oversees a range of daily government tasks – everything from managing the county budget to making sure elections run smoothly.

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Republicans are out with their much-anticipated tax plan. The GOP proposal is the biggest overhaul of the tax system in a generation. While the plan maintains some popular provisions, it changes several others.

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Idaho businessman Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff announced Thursday that he is running as a Democrat for governor in 2018, following an unsuccessful attempt nearly three years ago in the Republican-dominant Gem State.

Boise City Hall Steps
Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter made a controversial flight mission at Gowen Field and other projects the focal point of his vision for 2018.

FEMA, Idaho Clash Over Flood Insurance Law

Nov 1, 2017
Idaho Fish and Game

The state of Idaho and the Federal government are trying to work out an agreement to avoid jeopardizing flood insurance in the state.

Ted Cruz Endorses Raul Labrador For Governor

Nov 1, 2017
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First District Representative Raul Labrador has picked up a couple of high profile conservative supporters in his attempt to become Idaho’s next governor.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

The company tapped to transport Medicaid patients for non-emergency services in Idaho is ending its $70 million contract with the state, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Monday.

Republicans in Canyon County have come up with a shortlist of candidates to replace the seat in the legislature vacated by Brandon Hixon after he resigned due to a criminal investigation now in the hands of the Idaho Attorney General. 

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state's top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for how to close out the 2018 session months before it kicks off in January.

Rocky Barker / Idaho Statesman

During the 1970 gubernatorial race, Democrat Cecil Andrus made saving Castle Peak from mining a key issue in his campaign.

Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium Baseball Minor League (2)
Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University is no longer interested in sharing a proposed sports stadium downtown with the city.


Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation / BLM

One of Idaho’s top political leaders urged the federal government Wednesday to roll back a conservation plan for one of the West’s most iconic animals.

Romney endorses Tommy Alquist for governor

Oct 25, 2017
Tommy for Idaho / Facebook

One of three candidates for the Republican nomination for Idaho governor has earned the endorsement of a national heavy hitter among the GOP.

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The air is crisp and the leaves are still falling, but winter is coming. After last year’s brutal snow, the city of Nampa is out with its official plan for dealing with cold weather hazards like snow-covered roads and ice.