Politics & Government

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Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

While Idaho is experiencing its sharpest spike in coronavirus cases of the entire pandemic, Gov. Brad Little is pushing for K-12 schools to re-open for in-person instruction this fall.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

As Ada County was grappling with growing evidence of a spike in cases of COVID-19 in mid-June linked to the reopening of bars, a high-ranking Republican state lawmaker voted to block further monitoring of these outbreaks.

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While Idaho appears to have closed out its most recent fiscal year in the black, Gov. Brad Little is wasting no time in preemptively cutting $200 million from state budgets in the face of falling revenue.

Lauren McLean / via Facebook

Starting Saturday, face coverings will be mandatory at all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Boise for most people.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County will now require all employees and anyone entering a county building to wear a mask, as the area battles a large surge in coronavirus cases.

KIVI TV, Idaho News 6

A rally this week in Boise included Nazi imagery and other racist symbols, conjuring the darkest corners of Idaho history.  

Boise Parks & Recreation / via Facebook


During a normal 4th of July in Boise, thousands of people flock to city parks like Ann Morrison to have a picnic, enjoy the day and watch fireworks. 


But this year has been anything but normal. 

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Two new laws have just gone into effect in Idaho that target transgender residents, coming on the heels of a major U.S. Supreme Court decision that greatly expanded LGBTQ rights.

Lauren McLean / via Facebook


In the wake of the Central District Health Department's order to pull Ada County back to Stage 3 restrictions due to a recent eruption of COVID-19 cases, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean issued a separate public health order for the City of Boise, intended to remain in effect for at least 30 days.

Idaho Statesman

A surge in new coronavirus cases is keeping most of Idaho locked into Stage 4 of Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan for at least another couple of weeks.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is seeing a surge of COVID cases, but that didn’t stop 15 legislators from convening a rogue House session to decry pandemic emergency orders.


Jim Callender / Flickr Creative Commons

Bars and large venues in Ada County must close starting Wednesday due to a rash of coronavirus cases spreading like wildfire in the area.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio


On Saturday in Boise, a group of health care workers are planning to gather at the capitol steps for a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Speakers are set to address the connection between systemic racism and medical care in the United States. 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

When he launched Idaho’s phased reopening plan in April, Gov. Brad Little said if cases of coronavirus in Idaho spiked, the entire state could move back through these four different stages. That no longer appears to be the case.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

After fewer businesses than expected applied for help from the state to weather the recent coronavirus shutdown, Idaho is using up to $100 million of that money to push people to go back to work.

Luca Bruno / AP Images


Since the coronavirus first started spreading in Idaho, one concern for both the public and health officials has been the protection of folks who live in nursing homes. But as March turned to April and then to May, the state remained tight-lipped about exactly how many cases of COVID-19 exist in which facilities. 

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Tuesday’s primary results saw the right-wing faction of the Republican gain ground in the Idaho House, but it also potentially netted an even bigger prize.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio


Last night, thousands of Idahoans came together on the Capitol steps in Boise to mourn the lives of Black people killed at the hands of police. And while crowds were gathered outside the statehouse exercising their right to assemble, election officials were inside the building administering the first vote-by-mail election in Idaho. 

Jens Alfke / Flickr

It looks like at least one far-right candidate in Eastern Idaho won’t be returning to the statehouse in January.

Colette Cassinelli / Flickr Creative Commons

As the United States prepares for a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, a new national survey finds that most Americans support making it easier to vote by mail in November.


Molly Wampler / Boise State Public Radio


Tuesday, we will learn the results of Idaho's first vote-by-mail statewide primary. How might the changes election officials have been forced to put in place because of the coronavirus influence future elections?  

IIP Photo Archive / Flickr

The Ada County Republican Central Committee may have made an illegal payment to its chairman without a permanent treasurer to sign off on the party’s campaign finance records.

Idaho Statesman

Gov. Brad Little is moving ahead with entering the third phase of his reopening plan, despite a recent uptick in confirmed cases.

Ryan Davidson

Ryan Davidson, chairman of the Ada County Republican Central Committee, used his own party’s money to pay for advice related to his private lobbying business in 2018.