It’s the end of the third week of the Idaho Legislature. As legislators wrap up some housekeeping tasks that are necessary at the start of the session, bills are beginning to be introduced. And the next few weeks will see the bulk of the legislation for this session coming forward.
One phrase popularized by the Trump Administration has made its way around the globe and permeated the culture: “fake news.” The seeming catchall term was picked up by one GOP lawmaker in Idaho who says conservatives in the Gem State will hand out their own fake news awards.
In Idaho, the state controls how many liquor licenses are available and only releases new ones when populations rise enough to warrant. While entrepreneurs say a skyrocketing secondhand market for licenses stifles new local businesses, state officials say their hands are tied until sweeping reform happens.
Over the weekend and into Monday, the federal government temporarily shut down as Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreements on several contentious issues. By Monday afternoon, senators said they had worked out an arrangement to reopen the government.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.
Idaho’s lieutenant governor, Brad Little, made a pitch to the state’s powerful Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Rather than make any serious request for himself, he pushed for funds to go toward a proposal floated by the governor.
How to be a lobbyist–that's the latest episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest, Lyn Darrington Elliott.
With the one-year anniversary of the Trump Administration coming up this Saturday, activists in Boise are planning to mark the occasion. A young organizer of last year’s Women’s March at the capitol is planning another demonstration this weekend.