Government + Politics

Freight rail cars sit in front of cranes at the Port of Long Beach

Biden signs bill that staves off railroad workers strike

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law a resolution intended to avert a freight rail strike, based on an agreement reached between some rail unions and freight rail companies. Several unions did not agree with the deal passed by Congress because it lacked paid sick leave, but Democrats have said the alternative […]

Idaho Legislature Mike Moyle elected speaker

Idaho Democrats lose one of two seats on powerful budget-setting committee

BY: - December 2, 2022

In a historical departure, Idaho House Democrats will have half as many members on the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee in the 2023 legislative session, after Republican leadership cut the Democratic seats from two to one. The House announced its committee assignments during a short floor session Friday morning. The Appropriations committee, which is a joint […]

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Holds Rally In SC On Night Of NH Primary

Report: Biden says South Carolina should be first primary state, Michigan first in Midwest

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is recommending to the Democratic National Committee that South Carolina become the first primary state in the presidential nominating process in 2024, and that New Hampshire and Nevada follow a week later — leaving Iowa out of the early lineup, the Washington Post reported on Thursday night. Georgia and Michigan […]

U.S. Supreme Court building

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

freight rail cars sit in a rail yard near shipping containers in Wilmington, California

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies  to avoid a catastrophic rail strike, but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected the House-passed […]

Interior Secretary Debra Haaland

Department of Interior announces new education center on Coeur d’Alene Reservation 

BY: - December 2, 2022

U.S. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Office of Strategic Partnerships that will team up to launch new outdoor education centers in Tribal communities, including the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.  According to a press release issued by the department, the new Office of Strategic Partnerships will work with the […]

Idaho Senate In Session

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A record number of women will soon serve in state legislatures, breaking the previous cap of female lawmakers by at least 69 seats and bringing total representation to more than 32%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.  States will have at least 2,376 female lawmakers in 2023, including women elected […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho Senate selects new committee leaders for 2023 legislative session

BY: - December 1, 2022

The Idaho Senate chose its committee assignments during Thursday’s organizational session at the Idaho Capitol, with nearly all new chairmen leading committees. The organizational session takes place in December before a new legislative session begins in January, and with many new legislators and new leadership, the committee rosters look much different than they did during […]

The U.S. Capitol Building

U.S. House GOP to keep earmarks for local projects — with some ‘tweaks’

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to keep earmarks in place when they take over the chamber in January, a move that solidifies GOP support for the controversial spending practice that was brought back under new guardrails and transparency mechanisms less than two years ago.  Earmarking has become especially important to members of both […]

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle (R, Star)

Rep. Mike Moyle elected new speaker of the Idaho House

BY: - December 1, 2022

Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, was elected speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives in a private vote held by House Republicans on Wednesday night.  Moyle, R-Star, will take over the top spot in House leadership that had been held by Lt. Gov.-elect Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, for the past 10 years.  Moyle is the longest-serving member […]

Associated Taxpayers of Idaho program on table

Newly elected Idaho officials talk taxes, upcoming legislative session at annual conference

BY: - November 30, 2022

Concerns about the economy, budget outlooks, property taxes and other subjects were the focus of the 76th annual Associated Taxpayers of Idaho Conference on Wednesday, with legislators and newly elected officials in attendance about a month before the next legislative session begins. The Associated Taxpayers of Idaho is a nonprofit organization that produces reports related […]

Avi Kwa Ame

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes.  “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the creation […]