Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

If you’ve been planning to get a new driver’s license in Idaho this week, you might have to postpone your trip. 

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The last time a comprehensive plan was created for Meridian was 2011, and 30 percent of Meridian's current population wasn't living there. That's why a new plan is coming together, and city officials want your input. We take a closer look on Idaho Matters.

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CBD oil is a derivative of marijuana with little to none of the ingredient that gets you high. It’s becoming wildly popular as a homeopathic treatment for many conditions.

But despite its rising stock across the country, laws in some states like Idaho can leave consumers in the dark about whether they’re doing something illegal.

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week to shed light on the recent meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While some Republican senators pressed Pompeo for answers, Idaho Senator Jim Risch didn’t ask about the controversial summit.


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A recent poll conducted by Idaho Politics Weekly, a Zions Bank publication, found a gaping chasm between support for Donald Trump between men and women.

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Republican Sen. Jim Risch is co-sponsoring the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. In a press release, Risch says the flexibility and control the measure would give states – including Idaho – will save time and money.

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Marijuana is strictly prohibited in Idaho. One Oregon city a stone’s throw from the heart of the Treasure Valley could soon be a destination for cannabis enthusiasts.

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Marijuana sales could be coming to the Treasure Valley’s backyard. A group is collecting signatures in Ontario, Oregon to open the city up to a new recreational activity – and a new source of income.


U.S. Senate committees will hold hearings this week on the Trump administration's plan to reorganize the government. It includes a department that manages millions of acres of public lands in our region.

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After never getting a floor vote earlier this year, state lawmakers looking to overhaul Idaho’s campaign finance law could return to the capitol next year with several bills in hand.

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It’s official: Idahoans will get to vote on whether the state should expand Medicaid coverage to low-income residents.

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A group that has long pushed for Idaho lawmakers to pass legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination has shuttered its political action committee.

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This year's Idaho Republican Convention stuck pretty much to script until 26-year-old Dom Gelsomino took the floor and introduced himself as a "Christian, a fellow conservative and Idaho's first openly gay Republican to run for office." 

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Idaho voters will get to choose whether to legalize gambling on historic horse races later this fall. It’s the first ballot initiative to come before voters since 2008.

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