Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

In November, Idaho voters will head to the polls to decide on whether or not Medicaid coverage should be expanded to include some 51,000 people who currently don’t qualify. Despite his party opposing the proposition, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Little says he’ll enforce the will of the people.

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The Trump Administration is issuing leases on public lands in 10 western states for oil and gas drilling. Critics have accused the administration of rushing the leases without adequate public input and on Friday, a federal court sided with environmentalists by ordering the reinstatement of public participation. We look at the impact this could have on Idaho's wilderness with Boise State professor of public policy John Freemuth.

The midterm elections are notorious for low voter turnout. In 2014, it was the lowest since World War II. So this year, companies, celebrities and non-profit organizations are rallying behind get-out-the-vote campaigns.

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On Wednesday, September 26, the annual Women And Leadership conference returns to Boise. One of this year’s speakers is Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to Boise State Public Radio and Idaho Public Television.

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.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

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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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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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Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

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.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

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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