Politics + Policy

Gay Marriage
2:29 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Idaho Veteran's Cemetery Will Bury Lesbian Couple

Idaho Veteran's Cemetery
Credit Idaho Air National Guard / Flickr

An Idaho Navy veteran, who wanted to be buried with her late wife, will get her wish.

The Spokesman-Review’s Eye on Boise blog reports the head of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery says there’s no longer a reason to keep the two apart. Madelynn Taylor has her wife Jean Mixner's ashes. She wanted to set up arrangements to have her ashes interred with Mixner's at the cemetery in Boise.

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Voting
9:26 am
Fri October 17, 2014

How Idaho Makes It Harder (And Easier) To Vote

Credit Frontline.org

In the past few years, Idaho has made it harder for people to vote. In the past few years, Idaho has made it easier for people to vote. Both of those sentences are true according to PBS Frontline.

A recent article from the PBS show’s website features Ballot Watch, an interactive that lists 18 states that made it harder to vote and six states that have expanded voter access.

Idaho is one of only two states to pass laws since 2010 that make it both harder and easier to vote. Rhode Island is the other.

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Gay Marriage
10:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

From Writing Vows To Saying Them, One Idaho Couple's Journey To Historic Gay Marriage

Rachael and Amber Beierle stepped out of the Ada County Courthouse to a cheering crowd after getting their marriage license.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

For the last year, KBSX has been following the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Idaho. The fight ended Wednesday as a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Idaho's gay marriage ban went into effect.

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Gay Marriage
2:05 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Listen To Boise's Gay Marriage Celebration In 60 Seconds

Boise Gay Men's chorus.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

As same-sex couples and their supporters gathered at the Ada County Courthouse Wednesday in Boise, a party atmosphere soon took hold as couples would exit the building with marriage licenses in-hand.

The Boise Gay Men's chorus was there to sing. Hundreds of supporters lined the sidewalks in front of the courthouse ready to cheer. There were no protestors.

Here are some sounds from the scene.

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Gay Marriage
9:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Live Blog: Making History, Same-Sex Couples Marry In Idaho

Lyndsey and Tiffany Davis are friends of Amber and Rachael Beierle. They traveled to Boise from Canada to celebrate the Beierle's wedding day.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 4:15 p.m.

At least 53 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples across Idaho. In a random sample of Idaho counties, it appears Ada has issued the most so far, with 35 licenses.

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Gay Marriage
4:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

3 Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho under an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And the county clerk’s office isn’t the only place where the ruling is expected to take effect.

University of Idaho law professor Richard Seamon said many rights of marriage fall into the “death and taxes” category -- like joint tax returns and medical decisions.

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Election 2014
4:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Idaho Schools Chief Candidate Ybarra Hasn't Voted Since 1996

Credit Courtesy Sherri Ybarra

If state superintendent hopeful Sherri Ybarra votes on Election Day, it will be the first time the Republican has cast a ballot in a November general election while living in Mountain Home.

According to Elmore County election records, Ybarra has not voted for a governor, a state superintendent, a president or a state legislator in a general election since moving to Mountain Home in 1996.

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Election 2014
2:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New Poll Finds Some Idaho Republicans Have Surprisingly Narrow Leads Over Democrats

Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

A new poll from Public Policy Polling suggests Idaho Democrats could have a shot at winning a couple of statewide races on Nov. 4.

The North Carolina-based polling firm is known as a Democratic-leaning pollster. The firm says the poll wasn't commissioned by a candidate, but was conducted independently by Public Policy Polling.

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Election 2014
9:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidate Denney Challenged To Forgo Public Pension

Holli Woodings and Lawerence Denney recently debated on Idaho Public Television.
Credit Courtesy Idaho Public Television

Idaho's Secretary of State Democratic candidate Holli Woodings is challenging Republican opponent Lawerence Denney to forgo his public pension.

Woodings announced Monday that she's challenging the long-term Idaho politician after he said he supported taking every elected official off the state's pension system during an Oct. 7 debate.

After serving nearly 20 years in the Idaho Legislature, Denney's pension will jump from $500 a month to $3,600 a month after his first term if elected.

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Election 2014
9:36 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Idaho's Libertarian Candidate For Governor Not Among Participants In Tuesday's Debate

Idaho's Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Bujak says it was unbelievable he did not meet the requirements to participate in the latest governor debate.

When contacted by The Associated Press Monday, Bujak said he didn't know his name was not among the three candidates participating in Tuesday's debate. But KTVB executive director Kate Morris said all of the possible debate candidates were notified of the qualifications when they were invited on May 28, including Bujak.

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Policy
5:44 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Washington Background Check Measure Retains Healthy Lead

According to the latest Elway Poll released Monday, a ballot measure to expand background checks for gun sales in Washington has lost some support, but still enjoys a healthy lead.

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Gay Marriage
2:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages To Begin Wednesday In Idaho, Gov. Otter Won't Appeal

Rachael (Robertson) Beierle and Amber Beierle are two of the eight plaintiffs who sued Idaho over its same-sex marriage ban. The Beiereles tried to get their marriage license last week, and were denied.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This story was updated Oct. 14 at 2:03 p.m.

It appears same-sex marriages will begin as planned Wednesday morning after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter issued this statement saying he's done all he can to "defend traditional marriage in Idaho."

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Election 2014
6:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Otter Leads Balukoff By 24 Points In Latest Poll For Idaho Governor

The latest poll on Idaho's gubernatorial race shows two-term incumbent Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter leading Democrat A.J. Balukoff by 24 percentage points.

The CBS/New York Times/YouGov poll released Oct. 1 shows 57 percent of respondents said they favor Otter.

The poll surveyed 594 Idahoans between Sept. 20-Oct. 1. In each demographic breakdown available, Otter had a sizeable lead.

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Gay Marriage
3:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Idaho Governor Isn't Worried About How History Will View His Fight Against Gay Marriage

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Despite what many legal experts see as momentum for same-sex marriage legalization, Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter says he is not concerned about being on the wrong side of history.   

“I don’t know how you end up on the wrong side of history defending the constitution of the state of Idaho,” Otter said Friday morning at a press conference at the Boise airport.

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2014 Election
8:35 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Labrador, Ringo Debate Over Immigration, Gay Marriage Policy

Rep. Raul Labrador and state Rep. Shirley Ringo are debating to win Idaho's First Congressional District seat.
Credit Courtesy Idaho Public Television

Immigration reform and gay marriage were just two of the issues on the table Thursday night during the Idaho Public Television debate between candidates running for Idaho's First District Congressional seat.

Republican incumbent Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Shirley Ringo are vying for a chance to represent Idaho in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Election 2014
10:24 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Should Idaho Ditch 4-Day School Weeks? See How It's Become A Campaign Talking Point

Credit BionicTeaching / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s four-day schools have become a talking point in this fall’s elections — to the chagrin of at least two superintendents that use a four-day instruction calendar.

They say the four-day schools are getting an unfair rap for slashing instruction time, and for compromising quality.

“I understand why it’s out there in the political discussion, because it’s a quick soundbite,” Shoshone School District Superintendent Rob Waite said last week.

It has certainly been a recurring campaign theme.

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Gay Marriage
6:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Is Idaho's Gay Marriage Case Unique Enough To Yield A Different Supreme Court Decision?

Credit David / Flickr Creative Commons

A reporter for the blog covering the Supreme Court, "Scotusblog" says the state of Idaho likely faces an uphill battle in convincing justices that their case against gay marriage is any different than the seven states the court turned away Monday.

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Gay Marriage
2:56 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Idaho's Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Disappointed, Not Defeated By Supreme Court Stay

Amber and Rachael Beierle are two of eight plaintiffs who sued the state to overturn Idaho's gay marriage ban.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gay couples were denied marriage licenses at county courthouses around Idaho Wednesday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay preventing lower and appellate court rulings from taking effect. 

Nearly 100 people had already gathered outside Ada County's courthouse before doors opened at 8 a.m. Many of those gathered had hoped they'd be getting their marriage licenses.

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Election 2014
9:49 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Denney, Woodings Touch On Issue Of Closed Primaries During Statewide Debate

The two candidates running to be Idaho's next Secretary of State faced off Tuesday in a debate hosted by Idaho Public Television.  

State Representative Lawerence Denney of Midvale, a Republican, debated state Representative Holli Woodings of Boise, a Democrat.

In a debate Monday, Denney was reported as saying that primaries should not be run by the state government, but by political parties.  

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Gay Marriage
2:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Live Blog: Supreme Court Lifts Hold On Same-Sex Weddings In Idaho, 9th Wants To Hear From State

Machelle Migneault and her partner embraced in line to get a marriage license Oct. 10, 2014.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 9:16 p.m.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now given the state of Idaho until 1 p.m. MDT Monday to respond to this evening's motion from the plaintiffs in the case.  The plaintiffs have until 6 p.m. MDT Monday to reply to that response.

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