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During a Friday news conference called earlier that morning, Gov. Brad Little sharply criticized fellow Republicans in the legislature pushing to limit emergency declarations to 30 days. Earlier in the week, state lawmakers in the House approved a bill that would allow the legislature to call itself back into session without the governor's approval. 

In part one of this series, we learned about the long history of how so-called “crimes against nature laws” banning anal and oral sex came to be in Idaho and the rest of the United States. 

The ACLU of Idaho is currently suing the state to overturn Idaho’s statute that, in some ways, is still being enforced.

In the final installment of our two-part series, James Dawson reports how society, eventually, softened its views on these laws — though their effects still ripple throughout parts of the country.

A warning for listeners: This story covers sexual topics.


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Interfaith Sanctuary — a nonprofit homeless shelter for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Boise — is looking to expand its programs with a new facility west of downtown.

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman

It was another packed week in Idaho news. The legislature began their 2021 session after Gov. Brad Little's Monday State of the State Address. At the same time, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues but at a slower pace than was projected while members of the Idaho National Guard are on their way to D.C to protect the capital ahead of the inauguration. 

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Latino and Latina communities continue to face higher rates of infection and death from COVID-19. Now community organizers are working to combat a new obstacle: fear around getting the vaccine.

Office of Rep. Raul Labrador

Former congressman Raul Labrador was appointed to the Central District Board of Health Tuesday, on a 2-0 vote from newly sworn-in Ada County Commissioners Ryan Davidson and Rod Beck. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon abstained from the vote after criticizing the process.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Today on the weekly Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, our panel discusses the week's news in both the nation's capital and here in Idaho. Today's discussion includes the riots in Washington D.C. and what might be next as statehouses convene across the country, Idaho's upcoming legislative session, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and more.

2020 has been … a lot. A global pandemic. Racial injustice. A historic election. Feeling like you’d rather skip the end-of-the year reflections and set your sights on 2021 instead? Chances are you’re not alone.

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Today in a special encore presentation from Idaho Matters, we take a deep dive into the history of racism in the Gem State and what that history tells us about our present day reckoning with white supremacy. 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman


What a year 2020 has been. For this special end-of-year edition of the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, we'll look back on what happened before COVID-19 first arrived in the Gem State and everything that happened since those first few days of the pandemic. From a rocky legislative session to racial justice protests and an historic general election, it's a packed hour of analysis from our journalist partners.

Jessie Levin

Jessie Levin helped plan last summer’s vigil at the Idaho State Capitol to remember African Americans killed by police violence. After the gathering, the organizers founded Inclusive Idaho, a nonprofit promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in Idaho.

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Today on the weekly Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, we’ll catch you up on the news you may have missed, and try to make sense of what it means for the state's fight against COVID-19.  

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Gabrielle Davis

My name is Gabrielle Davis. I am the owner and counselor for Equitable Counseling and Consulting based in Boise.

When I came here, I was looking for a way to serve my community. So I started to volunteer at ALPHA Idaho, which is a clinic, then I also volunteer at Youth Alliance for Diversity, which is a local LGBT youth social support group here in Boise.

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On October 19, Idaho Matters host Gemma Gaudette moderated a panel discussion at Boise City Hall with Mayor Lauren McLean, Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo and Boise State University President Marlene Tromp. The hour-long conversation covered a range of topics, from how to handle exponential growth in the Treasure Valley, to improving transportation through partnerships, to what it’s like to be a woman in leadership in 2020.

Smaller Thanksgiving gatherings this year mean a demand for smaller turkeys. But as Audrey Regan reports, that hasn’t necessarily changed the supply.

Idaho Transportation Department

Both lanes of traffic are now open on Highway 55 as Idaho transportation officials have shut down road construction there until next spring.

St. Luke’s Health System

With record breaking numbers of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities, Idaho is in the worst phase of the pandemic so far. The coronavirus is having an effect on all aspects of life. Even if you or your loved ones never get sick with COVID, there's no way to avoid the economic, political and public health effects in Idaho. 

Lower-income Idahoans are still struggling five months after the state reopened in-person businesses. Audrey Regan reports on what new census findings say about income loss in Idaho.