Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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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.

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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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The eclipse is now less than a week away. As anticipation builds for this once-in-a-lifetime solar spectacle, logistical realities are setting in. Communities in the path of totality are expecting to be swarmed and are preparing for hordes of people.


Tom Banse

Just one electrical transmission line serves parts of the Wood River Valley. After years of debate, the proposal to build a second line as a backup is finally before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.


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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch (R) defended President Donald Trump’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea Tuesday as tensions over the country’s nuclear weapons program continue to escalate.

 

 

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Tuesday the head of the Idaho Department of Labor resigned from his job, effective immediately. Ken Edmunds has faced a handful of scandals while at the helm.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In the wake of the Trump Administration requesting partial social security numbers, dates of birth and other information about registered voters across the U.S., one Idaho state lawmaker is trying to keep that information private – at least partially.

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Immigration is a consistently hot-button topic, but since the President vowed to build that "big, beautiful wall" and proposed banning people from the U.S. who came from several Muslim-majority countries, it has remained at the forefront of political conversation.

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So far, five Republican candidates are jockeying to be Idaho's next lieutenant governor. We have a look at the candidates, the job and the latest financial numbers from their campaigns.

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