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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.

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Boise naming new downtown park in honor of Cherie Buckner-Webb

By: - June 7, 2021

A new park under construction in downtown Boise is being named in honor of former state Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the first Black woman elected to the Idaho Legislature.  Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made the announcement Friday afternoon, calling Buckner-Webb a political trailblazer. “Naming this park for Cherie Buckner-Webb honors this trailblazing Boisean who, while making […]

Gov. Brad Little

‘Brad, I’ve got an executive order here.’ Little talks mask mandates, gubernatorial authority

By: - June 2, 2021

Gov. Brad Little knew something was up as soon as he walked off the stage Thursday at the Republican Governors Association spring policy conference in Nashville. His phone was vibrating. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney was on the other end. And he wasn’t just calling to shoot the breeze. “He says, “Brad, I’ve got an […]

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Costs for the past 1.5 months of longest legislative session in Idaho history exceed $500,000

By: - June 1, 2021

Costs for the final two weeks of action during the longest legislative session in Idaho history cost taxpayers an additional $68,695. That brings the total costs since legislators returned from their first recess April 6 to $511,878.14, according to data the Idaho Capital Sun obtained via a public records request.  The costs include per diem […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

One day after it was signed, Little repeals McGeachin’s order banning mask mandates

By: - May 28, 2021

Saying she disrespected the rule of law and threatened the state’s ability to protect children, first responders and seniors, Gov. Brad Little repealed the executive order Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued Thursday banning mask mandates  McGeachin issued the original order Thursday while Little was out of state and McGeachin was acting governor.  “The action that […]

Janice McGeachin

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues order terminating public agency mask mandates

By: , and - May 27, 2021

While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. The order is effective as of […]

Task force members vow to root out, protect students from indoctrination in Idaho schools

By: - May 27, 2021

Members of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Education Task Force vowed at its first meeting Thursday to root out and protect Idaho students from what conservative legislators claimed was social justice programming and indoctrination in Idaho classrooms. Task force members didn’t take any action at the meeting, held at the Idaho Statehouse. Instead, they attempted to […]