Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

The Mountain West is a pretty conservative place. So when Democrats win here… it’s big news. And now two Democratic governors from the region are mulling a run for president.

Colorado’s John Hickenlooper and Montana’s Steve Bullock are both moderate progressives, both won in fairly conservative places, and both are kind of wonky.

“They’re not that person who can command a crowd,” Lee Banville, a political journalism professor at the University of Montana, says.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan is defending her use of nondisclosure agreements and the latest round of staff shakeups.

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An Idaho and Oregon senator are considering changes to how rural schools are funded.

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Over the past year, Idahoans’ personal income has grown faster than all but one state, according to a new survey.

 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan has lost another two key members of her campaign team just two months before the election.

In an effort to adapt to Boise’s rapid growth, Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled ambitious initiatives for some of the most critical issues facing the city in his annual address to the city Wednesday.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West News Bureau

If you’re poor and you get really sick in Idaho, your health care options might be really different than say, if you live in Colorado or Montana.

 

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Idaho is one of the states best prepared to weather a hit to its economy – at least for a bit, according to a new survey.

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Idaho has some of the loosest gun laws in the country. For some here, though, just about any restriction is unacceptable. On Saturday hundreds of gun activists marched to the State Capitol.

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Several states have seen their election networks hacked from foreign countries and several more have seen hacking into infrastructural computer systems. We speak with Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney about election security.

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Idaho’s senior senator is pushing back against Democrats who tried to delay a hearing on President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. 


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Trade talks between the U.S. and Canada are down to the wire. The Trump Administration set the final day of August as a deadline for our northern neighbor to sign on to a tentative agreement with Mexico and the U.S. Idaho dairy farmers are paying attention.

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Idaho Democrats are supporting changes made by the national Democratic Party. They’re backing a new way the party will choose its presidential candidate.

Idahoans with expiring driver’s licenses will have until the end of October to renew them.

Idaho Department of Transportation officials made the move after severe software issues crippled the ability of local driver’s license offices to process these everyday transactions.

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The infrastructure project to widen part of Interstate 84 through Canyon County received a major federal grant from the Department of Transportation.

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