Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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A bill requiring parents to opt their children into sex education classes in Idaho is one step closer to becoming law. Legislators in the Idaho House voted 56-14 to pass the proposal Wednesday morning.

At least one state in our region is poised to join the movement to change how we vote for our president. Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, is expected to sign legislation soon.

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Idaho’s Attorney General wants the U.S. Senate to pass a bill to stop robocalls.


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Idaho House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would add several restrictions and requirements to the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program.

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A new bill introduced Monday would make it exponentially harder to put an initiative on the ballot in Idaho.

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A proposed ban that would have prohibited cities from instituting restrictions on driving while operating a handheld cellphone died in a legislative committee this week.

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is facing questions about a photo she posted Thursday on Facebook showing her posing with two men flashing a sign associated with a militia group. The photo had been removed by Thursday night after swift criticism on social media.  

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The Idaho Legislature’s budget committee has been working hard this week, passing several bills. One of those will fund Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, which was approved by voters last November.

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This week we tackle stadiums, agency rules and the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

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Idaho House lawmakers brushed off an attempt to allow only someone older than 16 years old to get married.


Tammy de Weerd announced she would not seek a fifth term as Meridian's mayor. De Weerd joins Idaho Matters to talk about skippering the bedroom community through unprecedented growth.

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An Idaho House Committee has signed off on a bill that loosens minimum mandatory sentences for some drug trafficking offenses after hours of emotional testimony spanning two days.

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On Tuesday night, Idaho received its first visit of the 2020 campaign for U.S. president.

In front of a boisterous crowd of college Democrats at Boise State University's student union, it was the first time Idaho audiences this year heard this line: "I’m running for president because I think it’s new time for new energy and new leadership."


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Donald Trump apparently blessed the meeting his son held with a Russian delegation to get dirt on opponents in 2016 and welcomed advance word of efforts by WikiLeaks to disrupt the election, his former lawyer told Congress.

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Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow anyone with an enhanced concealed carry permit to bring weapons onto public school grounds.