Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says he first heard about Monday’s mass shooting the Washington Navy Yard through an email alert from the U.S. Capital Police. He then watched media coverage where news outlets like the New York Times and CNN reported the shooter, Aaron Alexis, had used an AR-15 assault rifle.
Idaho’s lieutenant governor announced Wednesday his plans to run for the same office in 2014. Brad Little made the announcement during an outdoor event in his hometown of Emmett.
The news ends speculation that Little was preparing for a run for governor. Idaho’s current governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, attended Little’s announcement. Otter has said he plans to run for re-election in 2014, but has not officially kicked off a campaign.
Little will now visit various Idaho cities over the next two weeks.
Two lawmakers who have so far sought unsuccessfully to halt the Department of Lands' expansion into commercial real estate are again criticizing the agency, this time over a 2012 property swap they contend wasn't to Idaho's advantage.
Last year, the Department of Lands swapped state endowment land on Payette Lake in McCall for privately-owned Idaho Falls commercial property.
Idaho's assessor concluded each property was worth about $6.1 million.
Memorials were held Wednesday in Idaho and around the country to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo spent some time Wednesday remembering the confusion and fear of that day.
He was in the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001 when officials decided to evacuate the building. “There was a concern that the plane that ultimately crashed in Pennsylvania was headed toward Washington D.C," remembers Crapo. "As we evacuated, there was a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear and confusion among the people."
President Barack Obama'sprimetime speechon possible military action in Syria hasn't changed the minds of Idaho's congressmen.
In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Obama offered a rationale for greater U.S. intervention in Syria's sectarian civil war while acknowledging that winning the hearts and minds of Americans to back another Mideast conflict remains a struggle.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says his “buck a month” bond proposals will do a lot to improve livability in the city. Bieter and his staff have heard positive – and negative – feedback since he first floated the idea of a bond election back in June. In total, the bond package will cost $32.4 million.
An Idaho lawmaker is pushing a proposal that would give state agencies a chance to competitively bid on government work earmarked for private contractors.
The Spokesman-Review reports the legislation drafted by Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, is aimed at giving the Idaho Department of Correction a chance to compete with private prison companies for operation of the troubled Idaho Correctional Center.
The Boise City Council approved changes to the mayor’s bond proposal Wednesday, moving it one step closer to November's ballot.
The most significant change was to split the bond in two. One question will ask voters to pay more in property taxes for parks and open spaces, and the second would funnel more money to Boise's fire department.
Mayor Dave Bieter also removed funding for a new police station from the proposal. That brings the cost of the bonds down slightly.
Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use air strikes.
A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.
Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.
The Lewiston Tribunereports two-term incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador has a challenger in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Longtime state legislator Shirley Ringo, a Democrat from Moscow, will run against Labrador.
Ringo told the Tribune she's not naïve about the challenge of being a Democrat in a predominantly Republican state.
A committee of Idaho lawmakers has begun the complicated task of trying to bring the state's public defense system in line with constitutional requirements.
Members of the Public Defense Interim Committee met in Boise on Thursday to hear from state and national experts who warned that Idaho's system is so inadequate that it's likely unconstitutional, and as a result, it's only a matter of time until a lawsuit forces the state to make major changes.
State Supreme Court justices bolstered Idaho's power to regulate cigarettes shipped to Indian-owned businesses in a ruling that touched not only on Native American sovereignty but also public health.
Justices wrote Thursday that Idaho could prevent Canadian-made cigarettes — ones that hadn't been taxed in the U.S. to help cover tobacco-related illness costs — from being shipped to a Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation-based retailer.
Idaho's budget-writing agency forecast that the state government's general fund tax revenue will rise 2.1 percent to $2.8 billion in the current fiscal year as sales tax receipts and individual income tax collections make up for lower corporate income tax revenue.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter released the projection on Wednesday afternoon on behalf of the Division of Financial Management, which helps write Idaho's budget every year.
If accurate, the figure would mean that Idaho's general fund revenue growth is slowing.