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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.

Now for the hard part: Idaho commission returns to mapmaking as hearings wind down.

By: - October 4, 2021

Now one-third of the way into its 90-day deadline, the assignment for Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission is about to get harder. Since Sept. 1, Idaho’s six redistricting commissioners have been working toward redrawing Idaho’s 35 legislative districts and two congressional districts. By law, they have until Nov. 30 to turn in two approved maps and […]

Legislative interim committee meets at the Idaho Capitol

Idaho Legislature’s interim committee begins process of appraising federal lands

By: - September 28, 2021

The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism shifted gears Tuesday and hardly mentioned President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing rules for employers. Instead, the committee talked about federal lands, Biden’s America the Beautiful conservation plan, unemployment benefits and refugee settlement in Idaho.  The 10-member committee, which includes eight Republicans and two Democrats, convened Sept. 22 […]

Redistricting committee meets at the Statehouse

Bipartisan redistricting commission takes input from Coeur d’Alene Tribe

By: - September 28, 2021

Members of Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission met with leaders of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as part of a three-day series of public meetings staged last week in North Idaho and North Central Idaho.  During Thursday’s meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Marimn Health center in Plummer, commissioners asked tribal leaders if they had a preference […]

Local Idaho candidates begin using GoFundMe to raise campaign money

By: - September 27, 2021

​​A popular online crowdfunding site known for helping people raise money for medical expenses, memorials and charities has become a campaign finance tool in the race for a school board seat in Idaho’s largest school district.  Two candidates who filed for November’s West Ada School District school board election — Lori Frasure and Mike Willits […]

Interim committte meets at Idaho Statehouse

Idaho legislative interim committee gears up to fight Biden’s COVID-19 rule

By: - September 22, 2021

Several Republican legislators expressed an eagerness to challenge President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccination and testing rules during an Idaho Legislature’s interim committee meeting Wednesday at the Statehouse. Meanwhile, Idaho Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane tamped down that enthusiasm somewhat, advising legislators the state is “probably cordoned off” from having authority over certain elements […]

redistricting commission map for North Idaho

Redistricting commission launches North Idaho public hearings this week

By: - September 21, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission wants to hear residents’ of North Idaho and North Central Idaho views about the best way to redraw the state’s political boundaries.  Commissioners will hold three days worth of public hearings in the region beginning Wednesday in Sandpoint. Other hearings this week are planned for Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Lewiston and before […]

President Biden at Boise airport

Little, Wasden and other GOP leaders threaten suit over Biden COVID rule

By: - September 17, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and two Republican legislative leaders signed a letter Friday threatening legal action if President Joe Biden doesn’t repeal a new vaccine and COVID-19 testing rule for employers. The move isn’t a surprise in Idaho, where Little and Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives Scott Bedke, R-Oakely, […]

Redistricting Commission meets in Meridian City Hall

Meridian’s growth illustrates challenges redistricting commission faces

By: - September 16, 2021

Residents of one of the United States’ fastest-growing cities picked apart three proposed political boundary maps during a public hearing hosted by Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission Thursday. Commissioners presented three new maps — two proposed congressional maps and one proposed legislative map. The maps are early rough drafts intended to spark public debate, not represent […]

GOP legislators gather on Idaho Statehouse steps

Small group of GOP legislators tries and fails to reconvene the Idaho Legislature

By: - September 15, 2021

Sixteen conservative legislators tried and failed to establish a quorum in an attempt to bring the Idaho Legislature back into session Wednesday at the Statehouse.  The legislators, who generally align with the far-right wing of the party as well as the Idaho Freedom Foundation, put out a call over the weekend encouraging their colleagues to […]

President Joe Biden lands at Boise Airport

President Biden in Boise: U.S. can’t ignore drastic consequences of climate change

By: - September 13, 2021

During his first presidential visit to Idaho, President Joe Biden on Monday said the drastic consequences of climate change have created a need for additional investments in disaster relief and support for wildland firefighters and programs.  “We can’t continue to try to ignore reality,” Biden said during a meeting at the National Interagency Fire Center […]

Reclaim Idaho volunteer

Reclaim Idaho volunteers mobilize to support K-12 education ballot initiative 

By: - September 13, 2021

Cam Crow strides confidently around the corner and up the walkway, decked out in a green Reclaim Idaho shirt and cap, holding a clipboard.  He knocks on the door — loudly — rings the doorbell and steps back. The door opens and a golden doodle leaps outside, bounding, pouncing, licking and sniffing every which way […]

Idaho redistricting commission finalizing first proposed maps 

By: - September 10, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission was finalizing its first maps of proposed new political boundaries on Friday, in time for a series of public hearings that kick off next week.  The new maps are initial proposals that satisfy some of the redistricting requirements. They are designed to serve as a jumping off point for public comment. […]