Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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As the partial government shutdown heads into its fifth week, private businesses continue to pour thousands of dollars to help keep National Parks open and accessible. 

The Bureau of Land Management is confirming that federal employees are back at work and getting paid to process drilling permits. Conservation groups are pushing back.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

This week in the Idaho Legislature, lawmakers spent time on budgets and human trafficking bills, while LGBTQ supporters came to the capitol to advocate for an anti-discrimination bill.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

We're back!

After two weeks into the session, lawmakers are getting their feet under them at the Idaho Legislature.  

And for about two dozen of them who are brand new to the office, that means figuring out everything from their new email system to where the bathrooms are.

This week we visit a freshman lawmaker in her new job.

And Samantha Wright asks Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief the question why do lawmakers want this job anyway?

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A new legislative report finds that an embattled state-run facility for the mentally ill is “a vestige of an old treatment model that is no longer tenable.”

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

As the government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, federal authorities are recalling some workers on furlough to their posts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Department of Homeland Security wants more lay people trained to control life-threatening blood loss. They're spreading the word through a national awareness campaign and a course called Stop the Bleed.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The ongoing federal government shutdown means folks who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, will have to plan ahead through February.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After being absent from the capitol rotunda for the past couple of years, Add The Words returned Wednesday.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s newest member of Congress, Russ Fulcher, got divorced from his wife of more than 30 years during his campaign for an open seat in the House of Representatives.

United Nations Foundation

Peter Yeo, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. State Department and Capitol Hill and current senior vice president of the United Nations Foundations, is in Idaho this week. Yeo, who also serves as president of the Better World Campaign, is the guest of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State and will also address the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations.

Idaho Parks and Recreation

Anyone taking photos or shooting video for commercial purposes at an Idaho state park is required to get a permit. But that definition isn’t so black and white.

In this seasonal, weekly podcast, we break down the Idaho Legislature so you don't have to. We dig into what's happening, drill down into the why and find out how it affects you.

The Legislature makes the laws, controls the money and creates the rules that govern life in Idaho. Each Friday, Legislative Breakdown asks these questions: What just happened? How does it affect your life?


The federal government has been in a partial shutdown for 25 days, as of Tuesday. We look at the impact on government services and the employees who administer them.

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A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the Trump Administration can’t ask a question regarding citizenship on the upcoming 2020 census.