A Boise school board trustee is considering whether to run for Idaho governor as a Democrat.
The Idaho Statesmanreports A.J. Balukoff will decide sometime in the next several months whether to wage a 2014 campaign against two-term Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who says he's running again.
Balukoff has been on the Boise School Board for 16 years.
He's also part-owner of the Century Link Arena, the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team and the Grove Hotel, all in Boise.
Boise said goodbye last week to its ombudsman. For 14 years, Pierce Murphy served as a third party check on the city’s police department.
One of his last projects was a report on how well Chief Mike Masterson and the department have prepared officers to respond to calls involving people in crisis. Murphy spent about six months studying the department's Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT.
Democrats in Idaho are hoping to breathe new life into the party in this overwhelmingly Republican state. Party leaders are hitting the road with an appeal to Latino, gay and lesbian, and female voters.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is being challenged in next year's Republican primary by a candidate backed by the Club for Growth.
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The Club for Growth is backing a candidate running against Republican Rep. Mike Simpson (shown in this screen shot from the <a href="http://www.primarymycongressman.com/rep-mike-simpson/">PrimaryMyCongressman.com</a> site) in Idaho's 2014 GOP primary.
An influential conservative group is going after longtime Republican Rep. Mike Simpson from Idaho — and it's getting started nearly a year in advance of the 2014 primary.
The Club for Growth is throwing its weight behind GOP challenger Bryan Smith, calling him a fiscal conservative: anti-tax and pro-growth. The lawyer from Idaho Falls is the first candidate endorsed through a website the club launched earlier this year called PrimaryMyCongressman.com.
At a Utah meeting this week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter blasted President Barack Obama for seeking to limit coal-fired power plant emissions while not allowing sufficient timber cutting to tame big Western wildfires, another greenhouse gas source.
Otter told reporters Idaho wildfires send more carbon dioxide skyward than is released to produce coal-generated electricity used by the state's 1.5 million residents.
The governor's numbers may be technically correct.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state in a lawsuit over rules developed in response to the Occupy Boise protesters who pitched tents and camped on grounds near the Capitol.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined last week that Idaho's no-camping statute on the Capitol Mall is constitutional and attempts to enforce a camping ban did not infringe on free speech rights.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter named U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's wife to a board that nominates Idaho judges, in the process replacing a Republican Party rival who has split with the governor on numerous issues.
Otter named Kathy Simpson of Idaho Falls to the seven-member Idaho Judicial Council to replace Ron Nate of Rexburg, whose term ended last month.
Otter and Nate have differed on numerous GOP issues in recent years.
Nate helped promote Idaho's closed Republican primary, while Otter opposed it.
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) met with Hispanics protestors in his Meridian office on June 10. Labrador says whether immigration reform passes Congress will depend on Senate Democrats' willingness to compromise.
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted today to the Senate’s approval Thursday of an immigration reform bill. The Republican congressman who made his living as an immigration attorney before being elected to the House in 2010 says he gives the Senate credit for framing the issue and addressing important aspects of the immigration debate.
It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.
The head of the Idaho Republican Party is stepping down.
Joshua Whitworth took over the role about a year ago when then Executive Director Jonathan Parker left to work at the law firm of Holland and Hart. Whitworth came to the Republican party as a former Idaho State University football player and a cattle rancher. He took on the role in July of 2012.
Wednesday the party announced Whitworth was leaving to take a job with the Idaho State Controller's Office.
A coalition of news organizations across Idaho is asking a federal judge to deny a proposed order that would give private prison company Corrections Corporations of America the power to seal whatever it wants in a lawsuit brought by inmates.
The Associated Press, Idaho Statesman, The Spokesman-Review, The Times-News, KBOI-TV, Idaho Press-Tribune, Post Register, Lewiston Tribune, Coeur d'Alene Press, Bonner County Daily Bee and others filed the motion Friday in Boise's U.S. District Court.
Supporters of the Senate immigration bill got a boost today from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report says the bill would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits. But last night, the House approved an immigration bill increasing criminal penalties against anyone in the U.S. illegally.
A northern Idaho woman is suing President Barack Obama and top security officials over the National Security Administration's mass surveillance of phone records.
The Spokesman-Reviewreports Anna Smith, represented by state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, filed the lawsuit in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Smith contends the once-secret surveillance program exceeds the government's authority and violates the First and Fourth Amendments.