Politics & Goverment

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Following the worst Treasure Valley winter in a generation, the Ada County Highway District says it's shifting things around by putting residential streets on its snow plowing priority list.

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Michael Dourson has consulted with companies including Dow Chemical and Koch Industries – according to the Intercept. He’s the Trump Administration pick to lead the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the EPA.


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Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, expired last week. The federal program covers some 35,000 Idaho children whose families don't qualify for Medicaid and cannot afford insurance.

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A northern Idaho senator says he stands by his comments after law enforcement video showed the Republican lawmaker in a confrontation at the Latah County Fair.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Tuesday that it had obtained bodycam video from the Latah County Sheriff's Department showing Sen. Dan Foreman of Viola in a heated exchange with an unseen male on Sept. 14 — the first day of the county fair.

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The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations has been around nearly 40 years and was instrumental in the expulsion of the Aryan Nations from Hayden Lake.

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East Idaho Republicans have come up with a shortlist of candidates to replace former state Senator Bart Davis who was selected to be the U.S. Attorney for Idaho.

The Idaho GOP’s Legislative District 33 Committee put forward three names this week as possible successors to Davis, the former Senate Majority Leader.

The top pick for the open seat, according to the district committee, is Bonneville GOP Central Committee Chairman Mark Fuller. While the group has expressed a preference, the final call will be up to Governor Butch Otter.

GOP congressman and gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador says four Idaho residents involved in the 2014 Bunkerville Stand Off in Nevada are facing “a miscarriage of justice.”

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After Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2018, a powerful position in foreign affairs opened up.

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The Latest on the pretrial hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's accused of endangering other soldiers by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 (all times local):

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A military judge has denied efforts by Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to gather more information on discussions between a prosecutor and the Trump administration.

 


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions put Boise State University in his crosshairs Tuesday as he blasted universities for guidelines he says limit free speech.

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The start of the 2018 legislative session is still months away, but state lawmakers are already prepping bills for next year. Monday morning at the capitol, legislators and officials gave a presentation about a measure that would strengthen the rights of crime victims in Idaho.

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The Idaho Transportation Department's board is eyeing property near Interstate 84 in the Magic Valley. Observers say it could be a sign the agency plans to relocate its regional headquarters in Shoshone to an area closer to the cities of Twin Falls and Jerome.

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The latest attempt by Republican senators to repeal the Affordable Care Act is still looking for the 51 votes necessary to pass it this month. Known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, the policy would repeal Medicaid expansion for low-income folks and revoke the premium tax credits that are mainstays of Obamacare.


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Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.

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At the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, President Trump will call on other countries to do more to address global challenges such as North Korea's nuclear saber-rattling and destabilizing actions by Iran.

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