Government + Politics

COMMENTARY
Janice McGeachin

Idaho governor for a day does not mean queen for a day. McGeachin’s actions go too far.

BY: - October 12, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who served as a state representative from Idaho Falls for a decade (2002-2012), has said often that she needed some time off from state politics to reflect and gain some perspective. So when she was elected as lieutenant governor in 2018, becoming the first woman to win that office in the […]

Photo of Dr. Ryan Cole speaking at a conference in early October

‘It should be stopped’: Idaho medical group files complaint against Dr. Ryan Cole

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Idaho Medical Association on Thursday filed a complaint with the Idaho Board of Medicine against Dr. Ryan Cole, a local pathologist who owns Cole Diagnostics and this year was appointed to the lone physician seat on the board of Central District Health, the state’s largest regional public health agency. “Our primary concern is that […]

Fulcher, other GOP lawmakers object to FBI review of threats against school boards

BY: - October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” Idaho Republican U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher is among the lawmakers pushing back against the investigation. […]

Idaho redistricting commission will take remote public testimony Tuesday night

BY: - October 11, 2021

Idahoans from across the state will get one more chance to share their thoughts with the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission before commissioners shift their focus to redrawing the state’s political boundaries.  Redistricting commissioners will accept remote testimony virtually online and via telephone during a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Statehouse.  Anyone wishing […]

Cherry Springs Day Use Area sign

Work funded by Great American Outdoors Act will temporarily close Cherry Springs area near Pocatello

BY: - October 11, 2021

As part of its East Mink Creek Corridor Revitalization Project, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will begin paving operations at the popular Cherry Springs Day Use Area for approximately two weeks beginning Oct. 11, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. During that time, the area will be closed and heavy equipment will be working […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Former Rep. von Ehlinger arrested on rape charges after returning to Idaho

BY: - October 8, 2021

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger was arrested Friday afternoon on felony charges of rape and forcible penetration after being extradited to Idaho and booked into the Ada County Jail, according to Ada County booking records. Von Ehlinger, 39, flew to Idaho on Friday from Atlanta, where he had been arrested as a fugitive of […]

Program for Idaho medical students receives $12 million for scholarships

BY: - October 8, 2021

Idaho ranks near the bottom of states in the country for number of active primary care physicians, and 49th for active physicians overall. According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, nearly every corner of Idaho, or 98%, has a shortage of primary care physicians, and every county has a shortage of mental health […]

COMMENTARY
Justice Roger Burdick

Idaho’s former Chief Justice Burdick hasn’t slowed in retirement, drawn firearms notwithstanding

BY: - October 8, 2021

Many Idaho court watchers figured the former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, Roger Burdick, would slow down to smell the roses when he retired at the end of June. It was not to be. On Sept. 25, Burdick played an instrumental role in the arrest of two individuals on a variety of charges […]

Analysis: Another Little-McGeachin education showdown is on hold, but not permanently

BY: - October 8, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on October 7, 2021 This week, Idaho political news went national, as the Brad Little-Janice McGeachin feud went nuclear. It made for irresistible sport, without an obvious winner. Playing the acting governor card once again, the lieutenant governor played to her base with a short-lived executive order banning schools from requiring […]

Photos of Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin

Idaho Gov. challenges McGeachin’s attempts to govern while he’s out of state

BY: - October 7, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little didn’t even wait to return to Idaho before rescinding an executive order Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued while serving as acting governor the previous day. McGeachin’s order would have banned COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements by schools and the State Department of Education. At the time McGeachin issued the […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces veto of Idaho Legislature bill to curb executive power

Sunshine reports: Little campaign haul approaches $500,000

BY: - October 7, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on October 7, 2021 Gov. Brad Little has raised close to $500,000 for his still-unannounced re-election campaign. Little has far outraised all of his presumptive rivals in the May 2022 Republican primary, including his most vocal adversary, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, according to state campaign finance reports. Idaho Education News reviewed […]

health care workers treat a patient

Only 2 states refuse to track this health care data. Idaho is one of them.

BY: - October 7, 2021

Health officials knew that at least 749 adults and 15 children were in Idaho hospitals with COVID-19 on Saturday. What they didn’t know — and have never known — is how many Idahoans were hospitalized in other states for COVID-19 or any other reason. It’s not because they don’t want that information. It’s because they […]