Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

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A case involving a transgender prisoner at the Idaho Department of Correction is headed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


NIFC Fire Center Smoke Jumpers
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Among the government entities impacted by the partial federal shutdown is the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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It’s a new year and a new governor. Brad Little unveiled his vision for the 2019 Idaho Legislature and detailed his agenda in his first State of the State Speech. Idaho Matters breaks it down with Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson.

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The Idaho Tax Commission is sending out a new form to help residents recalculate their tax withholdings. The move comes after a tax makeover by state lawmakers last year.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Medicaid expansion, a new Governor, prison overcrowding and the budget. Those are just some of the topics we take on during our 2019 Idaho Legislative Preview. Host Gemma Gaudette talks with Dr. Jasper LiCalzi, professor at the College of Idaho and Jaclyn Kettler from Boise State University about the upcoming session.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Newly inaugurated Governor Brad Little says education will be a keystone of his administration.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Governor Brad Little promised to uphold the shared values of Idahoans as he took his oath of office on the capitol steps Friday afternoon.

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Ahead of this year’s legislative session, one issue causing friction between Idaho’s cities and rural towns is local sales tax options. A bill could be introduced in the upcoming session opening up more revenue streams for communities.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The chairman of the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee says he opposes adding work requirements under the state’s new Medicaid expansion.

Otto Kitsinger / AP

Governor-elect Brad Little doubled down on including some extra restrictions to Idaho’s impending Medicaid expansion.

Idaho Capitol Dome
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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


Bureau of Land Management

On Thursday, Democrats take back control of the House. Among several priorities is reviving a popular bipartisan conservation program that’s been dead for months.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Boise and Ada County is down, according to the federal government. But it’s still significantly higher than a decade ago.

Matthew Barakat / AP

The latest Farm Bill signed by President Trump this month opens up the possibility for farmers to grow hemp, but it’s still up to each state to legalize the crop.

Funding for one of the Mountain West's key environmental protection programs is on hold until after the holidays.