Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Rocky Barker / Idaho Statesman

During the 1970 gubernatorial race, Democrat Cecil Andrus made saving Castle Peak from mining a key issue in his campaign.

Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium Baseball Minor League (2)
Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University is no longer interested in sharing a proposed sports stadium downtown with the city.

 


Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation / BLM

One of Idaho’s top political leaders urged the federal government Wednesday to roll back a conservation plan for one of the West’s most iconic animals.


Romney endorses Tommy Alquist for governor

Oct 25, 2017
Tommy for Idaho / Facebook

One of three candidates for the Republican nomination for Idaho governor has earned the endorsement of a national heavy hitter among the GOP.

Michael Kappel / Flickr Creative Commons

The air is crisp and the leaves are still falling, but winter is coming. After last year’s brutal snow, the city of Nampa is out with its official plan for dealing with cold weather hazards like snow-covered roads and ice.

Stethescope, Health Care, Doctor, Medical
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is joining a handful of states where health advocates are hoping to bypass lawmakers who have refused to expand Medicaid and take the issue directly to voters through a ballot initiative.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

With November’s election a little more than two weeks away, counties across the Treasure Valley are starting to let residents vote early.

Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman

A three-term Idaho state lawmaker involved in an active criminal investigation resigned from office Thursday.

Idaho Capitol Dome
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Current limits on campaign contributions in Idaho are staying put. The legislature's Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform Work Group unanimously agreed to keep caps on political donations.

Emily Goodnstein Birth Photography

Many Idahoans have taken part in marches and protests this year for everything from women’s rights to health care to immigration reform. Now, a national organizer is coming to Boise to talk about her journey and talk tactics when it comes to shaping social change.

Ted Richardson / AP

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Rob Stanley / Flickr Creative Commons

The project to expand I-84 in Canyon County is set to get a big financial boost. On Thursday, the Idaho Transportation Board approved over $100 million in additional funding for the freeway widening from a variety of sources.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Images

At the same time firefighters work to control the deadly flames in Northern California, a group of western politicians are pushing for a change in how these efforts are funded.


Two and a half decades after passing one of the most sought out regulations by cyclists, Idaho is no longer the only state in the country that allows them to yield at stop signs. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho senate has a new member. Governor Butch Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho man to fill a vacancy left by the former majority leader.


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