Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

People across Idaho are casting ballots today for a new governor, two big propositions and a host of local races. Reporters Matt Guilhem and Roam Yocham went to polling places in Ada County and spoke to voters Tuesday morning and into the afternoon.


Canyon County has changed its policy regarding the use of the Spanish language at polling sites. The Idaho Press' Nicole Foy joins us to parse out the new rule.


Idahoans statewide are voting at rates not seen in years. The Idaho Secretary of State’s office confirms nearly 155,000 absentee ballots have been counted this season.

Idaho Sticks With Paper Ballots On Election Day

Nov 6, 2018
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On November 6, residents from across the country are going to the polls. In recent decades, voters have seen a variety of changes at the polling place—from punch cards to mechanical buttons to computer touchscreens, just to name a few. But still, the trusty pen-on-paper remains in Idaho.


Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate Races.



Live election results: Get the latest on Idaho's propositions and races for governor, Senate and House.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is looking into an online ad that linked to its voter resource website while promoting Proposition 2, a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility.


Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson joins us to parse out everything you need to know going into Election Day.

Payette Land Trust

A group of land conservationists from around the state are meeting in McCall Monday. The meeting comes as folks in the West Central Mountains have seen access cut off to some private land in the region.


In counties across the U.S. voters might notice something way down at the bottom of their ballots: the candidates for county coroner. Coroners are in charge of investigating violent and suspicious deaths, and they’re up for reelection every four years. But should we be electing them at all?

Les Bois, historic horse racing
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The grandstand at Les Bois Park in Garden City has been mostly empty for the past three years, ever since state lawmakers pulled the plug on historic horse racing in Idaho.

Amy Pratt, Idahoans for Healthcare, Medicaid for Idaho, canvas
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After years of inaction by the Idaho legislature on the state's healthcare gap, three people traveled throughout the state on a hunch that residents were just as fed up as they were.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Little joins Idaho Matters to discuss his platform in the final days before the election.

medicaid, medicaid expansion, proposition 2, prop 2, a'lana
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Lewiston is a pulp mill town that sits on the banks of the Snake River. Jet boats take visitors deep into Hells Canyon or schlep anglers to the perfect spot to catch a steelhead. The river also separates Lewiston from Clarkston, Washington – both named in honor of the leaders of the Corps of Discovery.


The two candidates vying to replace outgoing congressman Raul Labrador met for a televised debate Monday night. Recent news events figured in their answers.