Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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Why should you care about tax cut bills in the Idaho Legislature? That’s the question we ask this week on Legislative Breakdown.

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An Idaho Senate panel voted to retain all references to man-made climate change in proposed science standards for K-12 education, which could end a three-year fight over the rules.

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Following the school shooting in Florida that claimed seventeen lives, threats of violence on high school campuses in Idaho have spiked. A new proposal introduced in the legislature would make threatening a school a felony.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho legislature.

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch (R) will be at the closing Olympic ceremony this Sunday, despite his recent comments on North Korea.

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This week, a proposal to ban the use of handheld mobile devices while driving passed the Idaho Senate Transportation Committee overwhelmingly.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Since last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, many people are looking to Congress to make a change.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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