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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.

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 […]

House Speaker Scott Bedke

House Speaker Bedke announces run for lieutenant governor in 2022

By: - May 27, 2021

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke announced Thursday morning he will run for lieutenant governor in 2022, shaking up an already competitive race for second-highest statewide office. Bedke, a rancher from Oakley, is the longest serving speaker in Idaho history. Members of the House of Representatives elected him speaker in December 2012, ahead of […]

As politics becomes more partisan across the country and here in Idaho, groups like Idaho Conservatives, Reclaim Idaho and The Idaho 97 say they are looking for ways to fight extremism and disinformation in the Gem State.

Scorched earth politics leave little room for common ground. Can these Idaho groups fight extremism?

By: - May 25, 2021

Lifelong Republican Jennifer Ellis almost doesn’t even recognize her own political party when she looks at some of Idaho’s far-right legislators that dominated the agenda this session. “This far right faction seems to be getting more traction and getting more people elected than ever before,” Ellis, a Blackfoot rancher, said in a telephone interview.  Ellis […]

Little says disagreement over adjourning legislative session could become question for the courts 

By: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Brad Little says the disagreement over how to wrap up the longest legislative session in state history could become a matter for the courts because of the unprecedented situation Idaho is in. Late in the evening on March 12, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the 2021 legislative session for the year after 122 […]

Gov. Brad Little

Gov. Brad Little has yet to make official campaign announcement

By: - May 19, 2021

Gov. Brad Little has not yet officially announced his 2022 re-election plans, he confirmed Wednesday. Little, a Republican from Emmett serving his first four-year term as governor, appointed a campaign treasurer in February 2020. Appointing a treasurer is an initial step to launching a campaign because it allows a potential candidate to raise campaign funds. […]

Idaho House of Representatives

Idaho Legislature increased own funding by some of the highest levels of any state agency

By: - May 19, 2021

During the 2021 session, the Idaho Legislature increased its own funding by some of the highest levels of any state government agency while rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money and grants. Total Idaho general fund appropriations for the 2022 budget year are growing by 4% compared to last year, according to general fund […]

Disagreement over adjourning legislative session leaves Idaho in uncertain territory 

By: - May 13, 2021

Idaho is in an unprecedented, uncertain situation with the state’s two legislative chambers at odds over adjournment procedures, according to analysis issued Thursday by the Office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Late Wednesday night, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the longest session in Idaho history for the year. However, the Idaho House of […]

The Idaho State Capitol on March 21, 2021.

Best or worst legislative session in Idaho history? That depends on whom you ask.

By: - May 13, 2021

Depending on whom you ask, the 2021 legislative session was either a productive success on multiple fronts, or one of the worst sessions of all time. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said House Republicans achieved the four goals they set before the session:  Passing income and property tax cuts. Increasing funding for K-12 education. Passing […]

Idaho Senate adjourns for the year as the House calls another recess

By: - May 13, 2021

A political staring contest lasted late into the night Wednesday as legislators disagreed over how to wrap up the longest legislative session in Idaho history. Ultimately, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the 2021 legislative session for the year at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.  Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the Idaho House of Representatives voted down […]

Gov. Brad Little

Gov. Little signs four bills dealing with emergency orders into Idaho law

By: - May 11, 2021

Gov. Brad Little has signed four bills dealing with emergency declarations and gubernatorial authority into law as the Legislature prepares to reconvene Wednesday.  Little signed each of the four bills into law on Monday. House Bills 391 prevents a governor or government agency from limiting any rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or Idaho Constitution […]

Idaho state flag hangs in the rotunda of the Capitol building

Legislative expenses approach $450,000 since first recess ended April 6

By: - May 11, 2021

The ongoing 2021 legislative session has cost the state of Idaho nearly $450,000 since legislators returned from their first recess April 6. From April 6 through May 2, the session costs Idaho taxpayers $443,183.14, according to records the Idaho Capital Sun obtained via a public records request.  That total includes per diem and travel expenses […]