Thursday, the city council in Pocatello is expected to vote on whether to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s one of several cities in Idaho that have taken up the cause of gay rights – an issue the Idaho Legislature has so far resisted. But even some gay rights supporters wonder if the local ordinance would change anything.
More than 70 airmen and 30 planes will remain on the ground through the fall at Mountain Home Air Force Base. That's because of federal budget cuts, known as the sequester.
Colonel Chris Short commands the 366th Fighter Wing. His wing includes the 391st Squadron, known as the Bold Tigers. They’re a flying combat unit. “Typically they fly every day during a work week, we give them a certain number of hours during a month, to maintain their combat readiness, and what we’ve done is by standing them down, they will not fly at all.”
When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.
State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.
A city in the heart of Idaho's Mormon country held a four-hour public hearing Thursday night on whether to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. A growing number of cities in Idaho are adopting local rules that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
Parents and grandparents spoke about the fears they have for their gay or lesbian family members. Gloria Mayer said she's been hiding her identity for years.
“I am 63 years old ... and I'm gay," she said. "That is the first time I have said that publicly.”
Idaho’s 2013 legislative session is over. Lawmakers passed the last bills they were willing to tackle before noon Thursday.
In the last minutes of a legislative session lawmakers get in a weird mood. They give emotional speeches, recite poetry, a few senators even sang an original song about going home on the floor as the Senate wrapped up its final business
SALEM, Ore. - Students in the country illegally can now pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Governor John Kitzhaber signed what’s known as the “tuition equity” bill into law Tuesday at a crowded ceremony in Salem.
The students must have studied in the U.S. for five years and attended an Oregon high school for at least three to qualify for the lower tuition rate.
One of the students who pressed for the measure was Edith Gomez. She said she wondered whether she could ever afford college because her parents came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally.
State Senators honored Idaho Public Television’s general manager Peter Morrill Tuesday. He'll retire later this year after 34 years at the station. Morrill sat with his family in the gallery above the Senate. He listened as the leader of the Senate, Brent Hill, thanked him for his service.
"Peter, thank you for your contributions to Idaho for your imagination for your commitment to broadcasting and for being such a nice guy," Hill said.
Members of the Idaho House this week could vote on a measure that puts the state on record as opposing any form of legal marijuana. Such a vote would put Idaho at odds with the recent push to legalize pot in states like Washington and Colorado. Those who support the measure say approval would be a symbolic victory that would set Idaho apart. Opponents say lawmakers are out of touch on the issue.
Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 6:41 pm
SALEM, Ore. – As the U.S. Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage Tuesday, activists on both sides of the issue in Oregon are working behind the scenes to craft language for a 2014 ballot initiative. Opponents claim the current wording would have unintended political consequences.
Here's the ballot measure phrase that gay marriage opponents have seized upon: "The state of Oregon and its political subdivisions shall issue marriage licenses to all couples."
After months of self-examination following last year's election losses, the Republican National Committee released a self-assessment this week. The R-N-C issued a 100-page report that outlines dozens of recommendations to make the GOP a more welcoming and inclusive party.
The report says Republicans "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," and reach out to Hispanics.
Three Idaho school districts and a county have been honored for their websites. The non-profit government transparency organization Sunshine Review gave its annual Sunny Awards to the 247 government websites it deemed most transparent.
The Boise, Blaine County and Caldwell School Districts made the list. Canyon was the only Idaho county to show up.