Dave Lent

With an aggressive schedule, lawmakers will revisit school buildings debate

BY: - October 5, 2022

Originally posted on on October 5, 2022 Legislators will begin taking a new look at an old dilemma Thursday: the question of paying for new school buildings. A legislative “interim committee” will hold its first meeting to discuss school building construction issues. And the committee could be working on an aggressive timetable: The goal […]

‘What century are we in?’ Biden asks of University of Idaho ban on abortion counseling

BY: - October 4, 2022

The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination also bars colleges and universities from denying counseling and other services to abortion patients and contraception to all students — even in states where abortion is now severely restricted, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday.  The guidance, which clarifies the longstanding rules for federal Title IX funding that virtually […]

Digital billboard on University of Idaho campus

In abortion memo released to employees, the University of Idaho is right — and wrong

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Sept. 23 memo from the University of Idaho’s general counsel concerning the discussion of abortion by employees was basically right according to Idaho law, although overly broad in its application prohibiting speaking about contraception. The process of notifying faculty and staff should have been handled differently by the administration. In every way, the state […]

Jim Jones

Former Idaho attorney general to give presentation critical race theory in Twin Falls

BY: - October 3, 2022

Jim Jones, a former Idaho attorney general and former Idaho Supreme Court chief justice, will give a presentation Wednesday in Twin Falls on “Defining and Understanding Critical Race Theory.” The event runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, 209 Fifth Ave. N. in Twin Falls. It is hosted by the Magic […]

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Organization runs ads in Idaho college town to promote birth control, abortion access 

BY: - September 30, 2022

Digital billboards are traveling around Moscow for the next week with various messages from a national nonprofit about reproductive health. “Be conservative. Use birth control.” “Pregnant? You still have a choice.” “They don’t want you to know this. You can still get abortion pills by mail.” One particular advertisement displays a picture of Russian President […]

Analysis: Idaho picks a fledgling firm to ship $50 million of education grants to parents

BY: - September 29, 2022

Originally posted on on September 29, 2022 In just three weeks, more than 18,000 Idahoans have applied for a piece of the state’s Empowering Parents education grants program. Parents have applied for more than $37.5 million, which would gobble up more than three-fourths of the $50 million set aside for the grants. The job […]

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They’re women. They’re LDS. And they’re speaking their minds on politics.

BY: - September 28, 2022

Women from across Idaho joined a Zoom call on a Wednesday evening in mid-September. There were teachers. A school board member. One woman who is running for office, and one who ran in 2018. They gathered virtually from their corners of the state to talk about public schools — and how they, as members of […]

Glass jar for saving money for college

Within Reach: San Francisco Fed president hopes to encourage Idaho students to ‘go on’

BY: - September 28, 2022

Idahoans will have a unique opportunity this Thursday to hear from Mary Daly, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and one of the leading voices in business. President Daly will be speaking at Boise State about the “dual mandate” that the Federal Reserve has in our country, a timely subject given […]

Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden

White House calls Idaho abortion laws ‘extreme and backwards’ in response to university memo

BY: - September 27, 2022

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement Tuesday calling Idaho’s abortion laws “extreme and backwards” in response to a memo issued by the University of Idaho cautioning employees not to provide reproductive health counseling to students, including abortion, or risk losing their jobs or face criminal prosecution. “To be clear, nothing under Idaho […]

University of Idaho in Moscow

University of Idaho releases memo warning employees that promoting abortion is against state law

BY: - September 26, 2022

The University of Idaho has warned its employees not to provide reproductive health counseling, including abortion, to their students or they may risk losing their jobs or criminal prosecution. According to a memo the university’s general counsel sent to all employees Friday, Idaho law prohibits university employees from promoting, counseling or referring someone for an […]

More than 200,000 student debtors in Idaho to benefit from loan forgiveness, White House says

BY: - September 22, 2022

Almost all Idahoans with federal student loans will qualify for some student loan forgiveness under a Biden administration program rolling out this fall, according to data released Tuesday by the White House. An Idaho Capital Sun analysis of federal loan data shows that the forgiveness program also would wipe out the federal student debt of […]

Idaho schools chief Sherri Ybarra

Idaho schools chief Sherri Ybarra gives out more than $600,000 in staff bonuses, an apparent record

BY: - September 21, 2022

Originally posted on on September 21, 2022 State superintendent Sherri Ybarra gave her employees more than $600,000 in bonuses this spring. It appears to be the largest set of bonuses Ybarra has awarded in her eight years in office. The payments began in April, weeks before the May Republican primary. Ybarra finished third in […]