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Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.

Gov. Brad Little

Little to send five Idaho State Police troopers to U.S.-Mexico border

By: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Brad Little is sending five Idaho State Police troopers to the United State-Mexico border, Little announced Thursday. The 21-day mission begins July 6 and will cost the state $53,391, Little said. The team of five troopers will assist Arizona State troopers in intercepting drugs at the border, he said. In a written statement, Little […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Idaho begins new fiscal year eyeing record $800 million-plus budget surplus 

By: - July 1, 2021

Barring an unexpected last-second meltdown, the state of Idaho likely ended its budget year Wednesday with a record surplus in excess of $800 million. State officials won’t know for sure for a few days, but Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams said that as of Friday, revenue sources were tracking ahead of projections […]

Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments in Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative case

By: - June 29, 2021

One of the central questions in an Idaho Supreme Court hearing Tuesday morning was whether a new ballot initiative law places too severe a burden on Idahoans’ rights to bring a ballot initiative forward. Idaho Supreme Court justices spent almost 90 minutes hearing oral arguments over Zoom in the case of Reclaim Idaho’s lawsuit against […]

Simpson’s salmon plan: Once in a generation opportunity or no path forward?

By: - June 27, 2021

Two of the major hurdles to U.S. Rep Mike Simpson’s proposed salmon recovery plan: people and money.  In an effort to save endangered and threatened salmon, Simpson, R-Idaho, unveiled the Columbia Basin Initiative in February after he and his staff said they participated in 300 meetings over the past three years on the topic. The […]

Branden Durst speaks at the task force meeting at the Statehouse

Conservative speakers and candidates dominate second education task force meeting

By: - June 24, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force met for the second time Thursday at the Statehouse, with the agenda again dominated by a series of conservative speakers who agreed with the task force’s mission. McGeachin formed the task force herself — it wasn’t created by the Legislature or statute — “to examine indoctrination in […]

The nation’s wildland firefighting headquarters, in Boise, is getting some long-needed funds

By: - June 22, 2021

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise is about to tackle a backlog of deferred maintenance projects that are designed to reduce costs and address safety issues, with funding authorized by the Great American Outdoors Act. The fire center projects are an example of some of the Department of Interior’s multiyear, multibillion dollar deferred maintenance […]

Ammon Bundy at Kleiner Park

Ammon Bundy announces Republican run for Idaho governor

By: - June 19, 2021

Ammon Bundy, the politically conservative activist who is banned from the Idaho Capitol and was renounced by the Republican Party, announced he is running for Idaho governor before a crowd of several hundred people on Saturday evening at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian. “My friends, I am not afraid to fight for you […]

Reclaim Idaho education mobile

State to review policies as Reclaim Idaho requests updated financial analysis of education ballot initiative

By: - June 16, 2021

A newly revised financial analysis issued Wednesday found Reclaim Idaho’s updated education ballot initiative adheres to a new tax law the Legislature passed earlier this year.  Overall, the initiative would increase income taxes by $323.5 million beginning in the 2024 budget year. The Division of Financial Management issued the fiscal impact statement late Wednesday afternoon, […]

Reclaim Idaho education mobile

Confusion surrounds state financial review of Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative

By: - June 14, 2021

Officials with Reclaim Idaho have paused efforts to collect signatures for a new education funding ballot initiative as they await a new financial analysis of the initiative from the state. But new documents the Idaho Capital Sun obtained late Monday afternoon raise uncertainty about whether the state analyzed the most up-to-date version of Reclaim Idaho’s […]

Extremism expert: Idaho critical race theory debate is ‘cynical’ effort to rally voters

By: - June 11, 2021

A national expert on race and extremism said a recent spate of attacks on “critical race theory” in Idaho are part of a growing effort by conservative Republicans to exploit anxiety and engage voters in upcoming elections. Meanwhile, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, in a letter to donors last month, took credit for a “never-before-seen” reckoning […]

Reclaim Idaho education mobile

Reclaim Idaho can now gather signatures for a K-12 initiative. But there’s a catch.

By: - June 11, 2021

Reclaim Idaho volunteers received the go-ahead from the state to begin collecting signatures on a new education funding initiative they hope to get on Idaho voters’ ballots in 2022. The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office presented Reclaim Idaho officials with the official ballot titles for the Quality Education Act, Reclaim Idaho co-founder Luke Mayville said […]

The Idaho State Capitol reflected in the Joe R. Williams building on March 21, 2021.

Feds approve extension for Idaho to file plans for latest round of stimulus funds for schools

By: - June 7, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has given the Idaho State Board of Education an extension to file its plan for using $146 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds earmarked to help schools reopen and sustain safe operations.  The deadline to submit the plan for using the federal American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School […]