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Idaho congressmen sign letter demanding FDA reverse abortion drug decision

BY: - January 30, 2023

All four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation signed a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanding that the agency reverse its decision in early January to allow retail and mail-order pharmacies to dispense the abortion drug mifepristone, saying the action violated federal law by disregarding doubts about the safety of the drug. Nearly […]

Idaho state Rep. Bruce Skaug

Idaho House votes to withhold funding from cities, counties that don’t enforce state felonies 

BY: - January 30, 2023

The Idaho House of Representatives voted 53-13 on Monday to pass a bill that would withhold state sales and use tax revenues from a local unit of government that declines to enforce state felony laws. If passed into law, House Bill 22 would prohibit any local government in Idaho from receiving sales and use tax […]

Idaho State Capitol rotunda

Senate Education Committee votes to introduce bill to repeal Idaho’s Blaine Amendment

BY: - January 30, 2023

A Nampa legislator introduced a bill Monday that would repeal the Blaine Amendment in Idaho’s Constitution, a clause that states no public entity — including the Legislature — shall appropriate funds that support religious organizations, including schools. The joint resolution, sponsored by Rep. Brian Lenney, R-Nampa, would need approval from two-thirds of both chambers of […]

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. James Comer, R-K.Y.,

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer on Monday previewed his priorities for this Congress, which he says will include a heavy focus on the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and what he described as possible “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. The Kentucky Republican addressed reporters and […]

Idaho State Historical Society trustees

Gov. Brad Little appoints new Idaho State Historical Society trustees

BY: - January 30, 2023

Mary Ann Arnold and Amy Canfield have been appointed by Gov. Brad Little to serve on the Idaho State Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, according to a press release from the historical society. Arnold will represent District 4 on the board, which has seven total members statewide, while Canfield will represent District 2. Board Chairman […]

Idaho Legislature Lambert

Idaho Republicans push another new bill to outlaw the use of student IDs in elections 

BY: - January 30, 2023

A new bill introduced Monday morning in the Idaho Legislature would prohibit the use of student IDs as an acceptable form of identification for voting in Idaho elections, and it would remove a voter’s ability to sign an affidavit to prove their identity to vote. First-year Rep. Tina Lambert, R-Caldwell, is sponsoring the new three-page […]

James A. McClure Federal Building in Boise

Idaho attorneys ask federal judge for time to file new brief in abortion case

BY: - January 30, 2023

Representatives from the Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador’s office plan to file a new brief in the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the state over its abortion bans now that a new attorney general has taken office and the Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the laws. Deputy Attorney General Steven L. Olsen asked the […]

Wind turbines in Schlewswig, Iowa

How did renewables fare during Winter Storm Elliott

BY: - January 30, 2023

A day after Christmas, as parts of the country were still digging out from Winter Storm Elliott, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, undeterred by the absence of much concrete data, already knew where to cast the blame for rolling blackouts implemented in parts of the South to keep the grid from collapsing.  “While there […]

From left, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

DACA advocates rally in front of U.S. Supreme Court

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]

Rear view of students sitting with hands raised in classroom

The Wisconsin public schools story: A cautionary tale for Idaho

BY: - January 30, 2023

Stephen Covey, the best-selling author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” wrote that one should “begin with the end in mind” to understand where any endeavor leads. If we follow Covey’s advice and look ahead to where the privatization of Idaho’s public schools will lead, we would do well to look at what has […]

Idaho Legislature students youth testimony

Idaho legislator changes testimony ban to allow people under 18 to testify with parental permission

BY: - January 27, 2023

With about 30 young people in the audience looking on, House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Bruce Skaug announced Friday he is modifying his ban on accepting testimony from people under 18. Skaug said he will now allow young people to testify in the committee if they have parental permission or are accompanied by […]