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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.

New study finds widespread concern about the health of government, democracy

By: - November 24, 2021

A survey commissioned by a Boise-based institute has found that a sizable minority of Mountain West residents think violence is justified when the government fails its people. Meanwhile, a large share of those surveyed believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, and are concerned about the health of American democracy. The findings are […]

Former Rep. Luke Malek drops out of Idaho’s lieutenant governor race

By: and - November 22, 2021

Former Rep. Luke Malek announced Sunday night that he would end his campaign for lieutenant governor and support House Speaker Scott Bedke in the 2022 election, citing a need to prevent extremism in the state. Malek, who represented the Coeur d’Alene area from 2012 to 2018, declared his candidacy for the office in November 2020. […]

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Ada County launches challenge to Idaho’s new redistricting plan

By: - November 18, 2021

Ada County is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to toss out Idaho’s new legislative redistricting map and put redistricting commissioners back to work creating new political boundaries.  On Wednesday, Ada County filed a petition with the Idaho Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the newly approved legislative map called L03. The challenge was signed by […]

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Idaho Legislature adjourns longest session in history without passing any new laws this week

By: - November 17, 2021

The Idaho Legislature adjourned Wednesday after not passing any new laws during three uneven and sometimes tense days back in session at the Idaho State Capitol.  The Idaho House of Representatives and the Idaho Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to adjourn the session “sine die,” using the Latin phrase to signify legislators adjourned without setting a […]

Raúl Labrador launches attorney general campaign, appoints treasurer

By: and - November 17, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador announced he is running for Idaho attorney general as a Republican and appointed a political treasurer Wednesday afternoon. Other candidates who have appointed a political treasurer include GOP incumbent Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, as well as other Republicans Art Macomber and Dennis Boyles. Labrador said in a news release that […]

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House passes seven bills aimed at fighting vaccine, masking or testing requirements

By: - November 16, 2021

Legislative activity picked up Tuesday as the Idaho House of Representatives passed seven bills aimed at fighting COVID-19 rules from the federal government and employers, or providing exemptions from mandates. The Idaho Senate received five of those bills Tuesday afternoon and referred them to the Senate State Affairs Committee but did not act on them […]

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Idaho Legislature returns to the Statehouse to fight COVID-19 rules from feds, employers

By: - November 15, 2021

The Idaho Legislature’s first day back in session Monday lasted nearly 13 hours during a disjointed and sometimes tense reconvening of the longest legislative session in state history. Legislators didn’t pass any bills into law Monday, but they did introduce a total of 36 new bills for consideration, setting the stage for more divisive hearings, […]

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House committee introduces all 29 new bills on agenda as Idaho Legislature returns

By: - November 15, 2021

The action started with a flourish shortly after 7:30 a.m. when the Idaho Legislature reconvened the longest legislative session in state history Monday at the Statehouse.  House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, successfully pushed for the introduction of all 29 draft bills on the House Ways and Means Committee’s agenda.  Many sought to ban vaccine […]

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Political candidate challenges Idaho’s new redistricting legislative map

By: - November 12, 2021

It didn’t take long for a political candidate to launch the first challenge to Idaho’s new redistricting plan. In fact, the challenge may have come a little too quickly. Branden Durst, a former Democratic state senator turned Republican superintendent of public instruction candidate, filed a legal challenge Wednesday asking the Idaho Supreme Court to declare […]

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Idaho legislators to take on Biden vaccine rules, ethics complaint against Rep. Giddings

By: - November 12, 2021

The longest legislative session in Idaho history will be extended Monday when legislators return to the Statehouse to consider a response to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 rules for employers and take action on an ethics complaint against Rep. Priscilla Giddings. At this point, it’s no surprise that the Legislature is reconvening.  Momentum has been building […]

Idaho redistricting commission re-approves same congressional, legislative maps

By: - November 10, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission wrapped up its business on Wednesday at the Idaho State Capital by re-doing votes to approve new legislative and congressional district maps and then approving the state’s final redistricting plan.  Commissioners approved the same maps as they originally did on Friday without making any changes to legislative map L03 or congressional […]

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Health and Welfare officials announce first COVID-19 child death in Idaho

By: - November 9, 2021

An infant in Idaho died of COVID-19 in October, Idaho Health and Welfare officials announced Tuesday, confirming it was the first death of an Idaho child due to infection from the virus. State and local health officials said to protect the grieving family’s privacy, they would not publicly release more specific details “Our hearts go […]