A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case.
Sen. Steve Urquhart, a St. George Republican, has pushed for GOP leaders to allow the bill to have a hearing and has even called for supporters to leave notes on the Utah Senate doors.
Supporters left about 450 notes, but Urquhart's fellow Senate Republicans are holding firm.
Idaho’s senators Tuesday sided with a majority of their colleges to pass the revamped farm bill. It now goes to President Obama for a signature. Both Idaho senators had said they were undecided in the days leading up to the vote.
Treasurer Ron Crane refused to answer questions about why his office in 2008 shifted risk for tens of millions of securities to state taxpayers from city and local governments.
Crane, appearing Monday before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, wouldn't answer questions from Sen. Dean Cameron, a Republican from Rupert, about why his office made the transactions that inflated the securities' value by millions.
Forty-four gay-rights advocates were arrested at the Idaho Capitol Monday for a silent protest to draw attention to anti-discrimination legislation that lawmakers have refused to publicly vet for the last eight years.
With one hand over their mouths, the protesters blocked all entrances to the Senate chambers for more than two hours. They want lawmakers to hear a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents from job loss and eviction.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher released his latest campaign finance report Friday. The report shows Fulcher raised $251,642 last year, $100,000 of which he personally loaned to his campaign.
Fulcher is currently a state senator in the Idaho Legislature. He's running against fellow Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May primary.
Inappropriate transfers by Treasurer Ron Crane's office have cost taxpayers $10.2 million so far, but the hit to public money could rise to $27 million, according to an audit that concludes Idaho's money manager overrode internal controls meant to help contain financial risks.
Legislative auditors concluded in a report that Crane's office should strengthen its measures designed to keep Idaho from losing money.
Crane, whose management has drawn fire from auditors in the past including for using limousines in trips to New York, didn't immediately return a phone call Friday.
New campaign disclosure filings from A.J. Balukoff, the Boise Democrat running for governor of Idaho, show he started the year at a significant fundraising disadvantage compared to his Republican opponents.
Balukoff’s campaign reports raising $110,860 in December. It was the only month the campaign raised money, after Balukoff publicly announced his run December 3.
The federal government hasn't paid millions to prop up an Idaho public education broadband network and may be withholding the cash because of an unresolved lawsuit, a state official says.
Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna said Tuesday the Federal Communications Commission hasn't made millions in payments to private telecommunication companies running the Idaho Education Network since about March.
Late last year, St. Louis Public Radio and NPR launched an interactive data project that lets Missouri voters see just how much money their state representative has accepted from lobbyists. It's an easy-to-navigate visual that gives people a sense of the kinds of relationships that have developed under their Capitol dome. A similar one-stop-shop of lobbying disclosure info wouldn't be possible in Idaho.
Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House voted early Wednesday in favor of the new farm bill. Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson cast votes in favor of the legislation, which cuts more than $8 billion in food stamp spending while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.
House Speaker Scott Bedke says he's met with Idaho's former chief economist over a proposal to shift $80 million from a grocery tax credit to individual and corporate income tax cuts.
Bedke, a Republican from Oakley, met with Mike Ferguson, the top economist at the state under six governors before retiring four years ago.
Bedke's proposes to redirect money now given to Idaho families to offset sales tax they pay on groceries to income tax cuts, in hopes of making Idaho a more-attractive place for businesses to relocate.
Idaho’s top education job is up for grabs. That's after Superintendent Tom Luna said Monday he won't run for a third term.
Two Republicans planned to run against Luna in the May primary - north Idaho teacher John Eynon and American Falls principle Randy Jensen. But Luna's announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election could now open the door for more candidates.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Tuesday his candidacy for another term in office. Wasden made the announcement in the State Capitol this afternoon. The Republican will be seeking his fourth term in office. He was first elected in 2002 and took office in 2003.
Wasden says the office of attorney general is where he thinks he can make his greatest contribution to society.
Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies contend their faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government, so they're launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service to somebody they conclude violates their religious beliefs.
On Tuesday, Rep. Lynn Luker introduced a measure to shield religious people from the threat of having their professional licenses revoked for declining service.
Luker, a Boise Republican, knows of no Idaho example where this has arisen.
A legislative proposal could clear the way for Idaho's smallest school districts and charter schools to hire the spouses of their board members.
Rep. Marc Gibbs, a Republican lawmaker from Grace, said Tuesday that smaller schools face problems when the only qualified applicant for a position is married to a board member.
A district or charter school that wants to hire a board member's spouse must have less than 1,200 students to qualify, and must first advertise the position for 60 days, or for 15 days if the vacancy crops up during the school year.
Unlike his counterpart in Virginia, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his personal views on same-sex marriage are irrelevant when it comes to defending the state's Constitution. It’s safe to say Wasden and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring look at their jobs very differently.