Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Idaho's U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Thursday disputed recent attacks by a political action committee that the Republican lawmaker has accomplished nothing during his time in Congress.

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A perennial Idaho political candidate confronted a Boise radio host after learning he wouldn’t be invited to an upcoming gubernatorial debate.

A Republican lieutenant governor candidate on Tuesday softened his stance that women who get an abortion should be punished if it is ever criminalized in Idaho, a day after saying the punishment should include the death penalty.

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A question regarding citizenship has already embroiled the 2020 census in controversy. As California sues the federal government over the words, some in Idaho worry the question will leave out a portion of Gem State residents.

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

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After 80 days of wrangling, bargaining and lawmaking, Idaho’s 2018 legislative session wrapped up this week.

We take a look at what didn’t get done during the session and why. Lawmakers failed to take up a health care bill, continued to ignore the Add the Words campaign and didn’t reconsider a grocery tax repeal.

James Dawson

After 12 years as governor, Butch Otter still says the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make have been whether or not to follow through with the death penalty.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Three-term state Representative Hy Kloc was noticeably absent this year from the Idaho Legislature. It wasn’t until earlier this month that he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and wouldn't be seeking re-election.

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Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed some of this year's most contentious measures to become law without his signature, allowing lawmakers to officially close out their work for the session without debating whether to override a pending veto.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Student scores on an Idaho reading test can still influence their teacher’s paycheck. After several hours of backroom meetings, the Idaho House quickly rejected the idea of overriding Gov. Butch Otter’s veto stamp Tuesday afternoon.

Details are unfolding about how British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica influenced national elections. Meanwhile, a newly surfaced document suggests the group also had a hand in our region -- and in one especially tight Senate race in Colorado.

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Negotiations surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, will soon enter an eighth round. Industries in Idaho are keeping a close eye on the talks.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The finish line is in sight for the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers pushed through nearly 100 bills this week as they worked to wrap up and go home. They won’t officially end until next week, even though they’ve worked through the major issues of the 2018 session.

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Despite a lot of cooking this session, the Idaho Legislature failed to make “soup” out of Governor Butch Otter’s health care bill.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Last summer, a group at Harvard came together to try and solve the issue of cybersecurity and the American ballot box. The bipartisan group has spent the last several months researching vulnerabilities in state and local elections.

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