Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Idaho is one of just five states that doesn’t have an official residence for the governor. In lieu of a house, the state pays the executive a housing stipend. This week, lawmakers voted to pay Brad Little, the incoming Republican governor, more for accommodations.

Senator Jim Risch

The nation honored the life and service of President George H. W. Bush this week as he was laid to rest in Texas. Idaho Senator Jim Risch served as the Idaho chairman of Bush's presidential election campaign and he joins Idaho Matters on Friday to share memories of his friend and impressions of the funeral.

Les Bois Park Instant Horse Racing (3)
Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

This week the owners of Les Bois Park, Treasure Valley Racing, announced they were pulling out of their lease on the Garden City horse racing track. With voters saying “no” to electronic betting terminals that could’ve subsidized the facility, the future of the track is uncertain.


The Volstead Act was repealed 85 years ago, allowing Americans from Seattle to Key West to imbibe legally. Idaho Matters looks at the impact of Prohibition in the Gem State and the revelry that followed its repeal.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Monday morning, Ada County kicks off a recount of ballots cast in the November election. A community college levy and a state legislative race are on the docket.

Rural schools, Idaho County, bus
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Federal lawmakers are pushing to bankroll the Secure Rural Schools Act before Congress gavels out for the year. That money can be a lifeline for districts across our region that are surrounded by untaxable public land.

Idaho Fish and Game

Governor Butch Otter has appointed a replacement Fish and Game commissioner, representing southwest Idaho on the seven-member panel.


Ada County election officials must oversee a recount of the CWI funding levy - the ballot measure failed by 144 votes. Ada County assistant county clerk Phil McGrane discusses the county's unique recount procedure.


Idaho resident and anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is weighing in on the crisis unfolding at the nation’s southern border with Mexico. Bundy, a prominent figure in far-right circles, is offering stiff criticism of President Trump’s rhetoric surrounding the issue.

President Trump has pledged to nominate the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as it’s next permanent head, a move that some Senate Democrats have promised to oppose.

Garrett Coakley / Flickr

Some parents and community members in the Magic Valley are concerned about an international Christian group distributing Bibles at a public school.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Two weeks after resoundingly winning his first term as governor, Brad Little is beginning his transition in earnest.

A historic election near Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah faces a legal challenge as Republicans have appealed a federal judge’s earlier ruling that allowed the eventual winner to be on the ballot.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Governor-elect Brad Little says setting a timeline to implement Idaho’s Medicaid expansion will be among his top priorities as he prepares for Inauguration Day.

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

President Donald Trump may have shelved an endorsement that could have been a factor in one of Idaho’s most contentious gubernatorial primaries.