Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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Idaho Republican state senators have signed off on a bill along party lines that would require medical providers to tell patients they may be able to reverse a chemical abortion if they change their mind.

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A new survey conducted among the nation’s political scientists looking at presidential greatness is out. The study, getting national attention, was co-produced by a Boise State faculty member.

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A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education.

Glenn Mosley, Idaho Public Radio

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate has officially resigned from the Idaho Legislature to focus on her campaign.

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A bill that would block bond or levy proposals that fail at the ballot box from reappearing in front of voters for at least a year passed the House State Affairs Committee.

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Idaho Statesman

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's budget chief has apologized to state budget writers after accusing them of creating a slush fund to be used exclusively by the Idaho Legislature.

Nicole Blanchard / Idaho Statesman

A national Democratic group is coming to Idaho on Saturday to try and help Idaho Democrats get a foothold in local races.

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More than 400 bills are working their way through the Idaho Legislature in what has been a very busy week for lawmakers.

Otto Kitsinger / AP Photo

How do Idaho lawmakers learn to be better negotiators? They go to school, of course.

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During a wide-reaching press conference Thursday, Governor Butch Otter (R) defended the involvement of Lieutenant Governor Brad Little (R) in allowing insurance companies to offer plans that don’t comply with federal law.

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Idaho state senators are digesting public opinion backing proposed science standards for public schools that include several references to man made climate change.

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Insurer Blue Cross of Idaho submitted plans this week to state regulators that open the door for policies that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act – something pushed by Governor Butch Otter.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation to end the state's involvement in a longtime multistate voter registration database.

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China’s recent ban on importing plastics upended the global recycling market, which sent ripples into the Treasure Valley last month. That’s now affecting mixed paper in Boise as well.

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Congressman Raul Labrador says he’ll fight to defend Idaho's right to define marriage, cut off federal funding to health clinics providing abortions, and support stronger gun rights if elected governor.


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