Politics & Goverment

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch refused to vote on Congress’s $1.3 trillion spending plan until leadership removed a provision renaming the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness, according to multiple media outlets.

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A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.

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Idaho House lawmakers have once again refused to consider a bill that would extend health insurance to low-income residents.

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A proposal reversing a contentious 2016 law that made it easier for Idaho employers to sue former employees over non-compete agreements is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

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An Idaho health care proposal to provide insurance to the needy that was deemed dead for the year by legislative leaders has been given a second chance at life.

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Since getting diagnosed with cancer, issues like being a Democrat struggling through Republican-dominated legislatives sessions just aren't as important anymore to Idaho state Rep. Hy Kloc. The third-term lawmaker says he's retiring from the Legislature as he battles cancer.

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House has spiked a budget proposal for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra's office due to ongoing disagreements over the state's reading assessment for young students.

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Just a few days remain in this year’s legislative session.

If Idaho lawmakers wrap up things next week as they plan to do, it will have been a shorter, but busier session than usual.

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If you’re listening to Legislative Breakdown every week, chances are you probably also check in day-to-day to the Eye on Boise blog from the Spokesman Review.

The blog is THE spot to find out what’s happening during every hour of the legislature in real time and the reporter who makes it all happen is Betsy Russell.

You can find her running, literally, from committee meeting to protest to press conference, working hard to keep up.

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo’s bill to ease financial protections established by the Dodd-Frank Act passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis got the green light from the U.S. Senate this week. Crapo’s proposal drew bipartisan support.

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Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 Idaho students took over the steps at the state capitol in Boise. They were there to protest state and national gun laws after the deadly school shooting in Florida last month.

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Idaho could soon adopt its own "stand your ground" law after House lawmakers sent the bill to Governor Butch Otter’s desk Tuesday.

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Idaho’s legislative leaders say more needs be done to help prevent school shootings, bucking comments made last month by Gov. Butch Otter.

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Monday, Idaho House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give judges more leeway in handing down sentences in drug trafficking cases.

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The deadline to file as a candidate in the upcoming May primary passed at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Twelve people are running for governor according to the Secretary of State’s office. Familiar names in Idaho politics are on the list: Raul Labrador, Brad Little and A.J. Balukoff to name a few. And two candidates who went viral in the 2014 governor’s race – Walter Bayes and Harley Brown – are also running.

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