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.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is spending part of his week in Coeur d’Alene at Idaho’s largest business lobby’s annual convention. Gov. Otter’s spokesman says one of the administration’s main goals for the next legislative session is to pass a third-consecutive year of tax cuts.
A group of about a dozen immigration rights supporters protested Monday outside Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's Meridian office. They criticized Labrador’s decision last week to leave a group of House Democrats and Republicans who’ve worked for weeks on a bipartisan bill to reform immigration law.
After more than six hours of public testimony and debate, Pocatello's city council passed a non-discrimination ordinance early Friday morning. The new law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] people from housing, employment and public accommodation discrimination.
This makes the eastern Idaho city the latest in a wave of local governments to vote for a so-called "add the words" law, in absence of the state Legislature's inaction. Currently there is no statewide protection of this kind.