Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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Idahoans can now register to vote online for the first time.

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Tuesday morning, a Senate committee will hear the nomination of someone who – if approved – would move from his role on an Idaho politician’s staff to a prominent Interior Department post.

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Three top candidates trying to be elected Idaho's governor in 2018 have widely different backgrounds but share similar views on managing the state's wildlife conservation and access to public lands.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Capital City Development Corporation recently received a study it commissioned looking at options for pedestrians and cyclists along the busy downtown streets of Front and Myrtle.

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

If you spend time scrolling the #idpol Twitter feed, you may have noticed the proliferation of parody accounts posting snarky – and often critical – jabs aimed at Idaho politicians.

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Twitter has become ubiquitous in politics. The social media platform is one way to reach voters, but it’s not without pitfalls. In Idaho, there’s a growing number of Twitter accounts created just to make fun of Gem State politicos.

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Results for the Eagle City Council election may not be final just yet.

The Idaho primary election is just under six months away. In a state where the GOP primary often determines who becomes governor, early polling numbers indicate a lot of Republican voters have yet to make up their minds.

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Stack Rock Reserve will grow to more than 2,000 acres under a new deal approved by Boise City Council Tuesday.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

For the first time, political candidates across Idaho would have to disclose parts of their finances to run for office under a new proposal from state lawmakers.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Female state legislators are calling for mandatory sexual harassment training inside the Idaho Statehouse.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy said Monday the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations surfacing in governments and businesses around the country inspired her to reach out to legislative leaders.

Nancy Harris

Before the Thanksgiving break, the GOP-controlled Senate is trying to get as much done on their tax proposal as possible. At the same time, a group opposed to the plan in Idaho has found a way to incorporate the holiday into their protest. 

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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

When it comes to the question of whether the F-35 fighter jet should be based in Boise, views vary widely on the controversial proposal depending on your perspective. (Catch up on the issues here.) But the Idaho Department of Commerce makes their position clear.

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During Ryan Zinke’s nomination hearing in the Senate last January, he was adamant on one point:

“I am absolutely against transfer or sale of public land," he replied to a question from Sen. Bernie Sanders.