Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R) has introduced a bill to expand sales of switchblade knives across the country.

 

 

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Evidence has come to light indicating Russia was behind an anti-immigrant protest set to take place last summer in Twin Falls. The revelation comes as more proof the hostile foreign power tried to shape events in the run-up to last year’s election.


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Following the destructive spring flooding that stemmed from Idaho’s severe winter, federal disaster aid is available to five counties throughout the southern part of the state.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A new pilot project will let people from around the state testify at public legislative hearings without having to come all the way to Boise.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A handful of organizations will rally Saturday at the Idaho capitol in Boise to show their support for protections for children of undocumented immigrants.

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After neighborhoods in Hailey flooded earlier this year, leaders in the community are now looking at mitigation measures to prevent the water from rising too high in the future.

Safeguarding the Della View neighborhood from another big flood is a top priority. Some of the proposals up for discussion include raising or lowering certain parts of city streets, elevating homes in flood-prone areas, improving storm drain infrastructure and building berms along the Big Wood River channel.

Ronda Churchill / AP

The Idaho secretary of state's office has turned over voters' names, addresses and other public information to President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud.

Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst said Wednesday the commission filled out the state's official public records request form and paid the $20 fee required to obtain the data last week. Election officials then mailed Idaho's voter rolls to the commission on Tuesday.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s decision to halt the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, a.k.a. DACA, sparked a range of responses across the nation. In Idaho, many leaders say the President made the right move ending the Obama-era program.


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A popular but toxic landscaping plant blamed for more than a hundred wildlife deaths over the last two winters isn’t going to be listed as a noxious weed.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's dormant congressional campaign committee recently sold a 2004 motor home at a steep discount to an old friend in the Montana Legislature.

But a seemingly ordinary transaction between friends, when seen through the optics of stringent campaign finance laws, can raise a bevy of questions - especially when those friends are politically high-powered and well-connected.

CECIL D. ANDRUS PAPERS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus died on Thursday, after years in political office and public service. He was a Democratic Governor in a state with a Republican legislature, but still managed to get things done.


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Editor's note: Author Charles Murray has repeatedly rejected characterizations that he is a white supremacist. We've updated the story to make that clear.

A group that protested an Idaho appearance by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week is planning a different kind of demonstration against a speech by a controversial author this weekend.


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House Speaker Paul Ryan has made his first official visit to Idaho as sitting speaker to host a GOP joint fundraiser.

Ryan's brief appearance in downtown Boise on Tuesday included a $10,000-per-person VIP roundtable discussion, a $5,000-per-person photo opportunity and a $2,500-per-person or $1,000-per-person luncheon. Idaho's top Republican officials were in attendance, including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker.

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Ultra-conservative state representative Heather Scott from North Idaho is defending so-called white nationalists in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville. Over the weekend, Scott posted on her Facebook page that a white nationalist was someone who was for the Constitution and making America great again.


Three days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and condemnations from all but one of Idaho’s congressional delegation, Representative Raul Labrador finally issued a statement.

Tuesday evening, following urging from Governor Butch Otter earlier in the day, Congressman Raul Labrador finally made his own statement about the events in Charlottesville.

In a release from his office, Labrador says he waited to respond because he didn’t want to insert himself in a national tragedy neither about him nor politics.

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