Politics & Government

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter has endorsed a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility less than a week before voters head to the polls.

"Proposition 2 is an Idaho-grown solution," Otter says in a new ad released by Idahoans for Healthcare, a group pushing for Medicaid expansion. "Vote yes on Proposition 2. It’s the right thing for Idaho."

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Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan and Idaho State Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise) are concerned about the post-traumatic stress that first responders deal with.


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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that could have big implications for how the country interprets Native American treaty rights.

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With the midterm election less than two weeks away, many Idaho voters are casting their ballots early. So far, the turnout is much higher than previous elections.


The outdoor clothing company Patagonia made the rare move of endorsing two Democratic Senate candidates on Friday — Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada. It’s part of a larger trend in corporate America to get employees out to vote.

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At an event in Twin Falls Monday, Chobani and Clif Bar announced they support Proposition 2. The effort to expand Medicaid to thousands of people who currently make too much to qualify for subsidized health care has garnered support from the right and the left.


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The Idaho Democratic Party says you can still vote, even if you’ve had trouble picking up a driver’s license at the DMV.


A legislative committee has been meeting to address Idaho's lax campaign finance laws. On Friday's Idaho Matters, we look at efforts to bring more clarity to the state's campaign codes.

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Ada County voters can hit the polls this weekend. With enthusiasm high for the upcoming election, the county is opening several polling places extra days for early voting.

On Thursday night, President Trump rallied in Montana for Republican candidates. At the rally, he congratulated a Montana congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year.

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We’ve been bringing you statewide election coverage, from the Gubernatorial race to Superintendent of Public Instruction to Lieutenant Governor. Now we want to take a look at the Idaho Legislature and how races there are shaping up.

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Regardless of the outcome of the election, Idaho history will be made when either Democrat Kristin Collum or Republican Janice McGeachin is elected to be the first woman to serve as the state's lieutenant governor. They met Wednesday evening and Associated Press-Idaho reporter Rebecca Boone joins us to re-cap the candidates' debate.

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The candidates vying to be Idaho’s next lieutenant governor met for a televised debate Wednesday night. The race for the office is a historic one – in a first, both people running for the seat are women.

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Political analysts are calling this year – in the wake of the #MeToo movement – the “year of the woman.”

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In the Treasure Valley, panhandling is a regular issue. To combat this, the Nampa City Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow city police to put up to 10 anti-panhandling signs throughout the city.