Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist's campaign for governor said Friday the Republican candidate will submit an amended campaign financial disclosure report after it showed he paid a family member with campaign funds.

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Republican Representative Mike Simpson is throwing his hat in the ring for a leadership position on a powerful congressional committee. The 10-term legislator is looking to be the group’s leader.

Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press

Week four of the 2018 Idaho Legislature has come to a close. This first month is typically a time when more and more bills are introduced by lawmakers and when public testimony starts to heat up in committees.

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Financial disclosure laws, uncontested legislative races and 100 or so budget bills. These are just some of the ways that the Idaho Capitol is weird, compared to other state legislatures.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Serious money is funneling into the race to replace Butch Otter as Idaho’s next governor.

 

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

New K-12 science standards received push back from Idaho lawmakers for the third year in a row on Thursday, despite continued efforts to downplay the negative impacts of human activity on climate change to appease Republican members.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday ushered in Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's $200 million sweeping tax cut plan, marking the first such proposal introduced during the 2018 legislative session.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress tonight. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating his remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers are considering exempting breastfeeding from the state’s public obscenity and indecent exposure laws.

 

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Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A new bill under consideration in the state legislature would expand the informational pamphlet given to every woman seeking an abortion in Idaho.

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Dave Bieter's Facebook Page / City of Boise

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was in the nation’s capital for several days last week at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The gathering allows civic leaders from across the country to share ideas and learn from other cities.

An Idaho House panel has introduced stand-your-ground legislation would extend protections for a person who uses deadly force under a serious threat of harm.

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A recent story in the Idaho Statesman looked at two polls surveying respondents about who they’d vote for in this year’s gubernatorial election. There are several big GOP names running in Republican primary: Congressman Raul Labrador, Lt. Governor Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist are among the conservative frontrunners.

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The Mormon Church released a statement Friday in support of “Dreamer” immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say politicians should “create policies that provide hope and opportunities” for these young people. They said these folks have “demonstrated a capacity to serve and contribute positively in our society” and that they should continue to be given that chance.

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The state of Idaho is attempting to lower insurance premiums by proposing policies that scrap key provisions established in the Affordable Care Act. Called legally dubious by some opponents, the state’s attempt at closing the so-called insurance gap in the Gem State by disregarding Obamacare mandates is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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