Idaho Politics

Four people were arrested for trespassing at the Idaho capitol Tuesday after police say they refused to leave a committee hearing room.

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The special legislative session that begins Monday is bringing hundreds of lawmakers and staff to Boise from around the state. Some lawmakers and health experts say the gathering is risky. It also might run into some sticky legal issues.

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A rally against pandemic restrictions featuring Idaho’s lieutenant governor drew a sparse crowd of COVID-19 skeptics this weekend in Twin Falls.



Presidential hopeful Joe Biden secured a convincing win in Idaho's Democratic Presidential Primary Tuesday. It was one of four primary wins that the former Vice President racked up in his political battle against former Idaho frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The Idaho House will have a new leader in the 2020 legislative session. Mat Erpelding resigned from his position as House Minority Leader and his District 19 seat in Boise last week, and has taken a new role as a lobbyist for the Boise Chamber of Commerce. Idaho Matters talks with the former Democratic lawmaker about his decision to leave electoral politics seven years after taking his District 19 seat in Boise. 

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 Boise Mayor Dave Bieter came out swinging Monday in an interview about his upcoming runoff election. Appearing on Boise State Public Radio’s Idaho Matters, he criticized is opponent, City Council President Lauren McLean.



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Updated Oct. 11 to reflect a new public statement from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch regarding the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says his advocacy for installing facial recognition technology at City Hall and City Hall West comes as a response to city employees who say they're concerned for their safety.

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Monday was the day new laws went onto the books in Idaho, but politicians and activists are already looking toward the next legislative session. A flurry of gun-related bills this year saw mixed success and it looks like the 2020 session will see more fights over firearms.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The travails of a bill to restrict sex offender gun rights, which narrowly passed the House Thursday, highlights how reluctant Idaho lawmakers are to vote for any type of firearm restriction.

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A bill that would have allowed anyone with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools is dead, at least for now.

On The Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 28, 2019

  • Senator Jim Risch weighs in on government shutdown and border security.
  • A state program that allows high school students to tailor personalized courses of study.
  • College of Idaho's Jasper LiCalzi discusses his new book on Idaho politics.
  • Mac Eld documents 269 historical Idaho highway markers.

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This week in the Idaho Legislature, lawmakers spent time on budgets and human trafficking bills, while LGBTQ supporters came to the capitol to advocate for an anti-discrimination bill.

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The Idaho Legislature kicked off Monday with Governor Brad Little’s first State of the State speech. Lawmakers spent much of the week going to orientation, looking at rules and discussing budgets.

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This weekend will be an eventful one for Idaho politics as the Idaho Republican Party hosts a variety of inaugural festivities in Boise.


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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.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

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

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Idaho's most consequential primary in years came to a close early Wednesday morning with establishment Republicans and a grassroots Democrat taking their respective top spots.

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Steve Pankey first ran for governor of Idaho in 2014 and received less than 2 percent of the vote. At the time, he was in the Constitution party, but now he's running as a Republican.

Candidate Conversations 2018: A.J. Balukoff

May 8, 2018
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Longtime education advocate and Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff is running for Idaho governor as a Democrat. Balukoff is a co-owner of downtown Boise’s Grove Hotel and CenturyLink Arena. He’s been on the Boise School Board for decades and previously ran for governor in 2014.

Candidate Conversations 2018: Paulette Jordan

May 4, 2018
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One of the three Democrats running to be Idaho’s next governor is Paulette Jordan. The former lawmaker from Plummer served two terms in the state legislature representing a district in North Idaho.

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With the May 15 primary rapidly approaching, two legislative candidates in Northern Idaho have found themselves stricken from the ballot. 

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Idaho's top Republican governor candidates gave voters three distinct options to choose from during their second televised debate Monday on Idaho Public Television, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics. The three candidates sparred over education, taxes, health care and social issues.

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

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Three-term state Representative Hy Kloc was noticeably absent this year from the Idaho Legislature. It wasn’t until earlier this month that he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and wouldn't be seeking re-election.