Government + Politics

Idaho legislator resigns before House can expel him. ‘I maintain my innocence.’

BY: - April 29, 2021

Just hours after the Ethics and House Policy Committee in the Idaho House of Representatives voted for his censure and suspension for conduct unbecoming of a legislator, Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, resigned his seat. The resignation follows two days of proceedings in the ethics committee and the decision Thursday morning by members of the […]

Idaho governor signs ‘social justice’ bill, but chides Legislature for passing it

BY: - April 29, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill into law that is premised on the idea that public schools and teachers are indoctrinating students into a “social justice” worldview. In a letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke, the governor suggested the Legislature’s approach may damage Idaho public education. The pandemic gave students, parents, teachers and […]

Analysis: A bad week and a rough session for the facts

BY: - April 29, 2021

Analysis: A bad week and a rough session for the facts Originally posted on on April 29, 2021 The 2021 Legislature took its ugliest turn on its 108th day, when the House Ethics Committee weighed a sexual assault complaint against first-year Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger. Committee members tried to keep Wednesday’s hearing focused on […]

Ethics committee said legislator accused of rape should face sanctions

BY: - April 29, 2021

UPDATE: Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has resigned his seat. Von Ehlinger submitted his letter of resignation Thursday afternoon and it was read on the floor of the House of Representatives by House Chief Clerk Carrie Maulin. After most committee members condemned the behavior of Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, the Ethics and House […]

Reclaim Idaho files new K-12 education funding initiative

BY: - April 29, 2021

Reclaim Idaho files new K-12 funding initiative Originally posted on on April 29, 2021 The group behind the 2018 Medicaid expansion initiative is adopting a two-pronged political strategy. Reclaim Idaho is planning to sue the state over a new state law that could make it much more difficult to get an initiative on a […]

President Joe Biden speaks before the U.S. Congress

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Gov. Little to consider three women for Idaho Supreme Court opening

BY: - April 28, 2021

Three women will be considered for appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court by Gov. Brad Little, according to a press release from the State of Idaho’s Judicial Branch. The applicants selected by the Idaho Judicial Council, which by Idaho law is the body that reviews applicants when there is a vacancy on the court, include: […]

Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Legislative staffer testifies at ethics committee investigating Idaho lawmaker accused of rape

BY: - April 28, 2021

She told them she was terrified to testify. From behind three black curtains erected to attempt to protect her identity, she described what led up to the alleged sexual assault that put Wednesday’s Ethics and House Policy Committee hearing at the Capitol into motion. And when she was allowed to be dismissed from Lincoln Auditorium […]

Oil and gas leasing in Utah

Republicans question legality, revenue impacts of Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause

BY: - April 28, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee excoriated the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leasing at a hearing Tuesday, illustrating the political pressure the administration faces as it reviews federal energy development policy. Under intense questioning from Republicans about the revenue impacts, legality and duration of the leasing pause, […]

The Idaho State Capitol reflected in the Joe R. Williams building on March 21, 2021.

Idaho House rejects $40M in federal funds for COVID-19 testing in schools

BY: - April 27, 2021

The roller coaster ride that is setting the 2022 state budget continued Tuesday as legislators rewrote two major education budget bills and then the Idaho House rejected $40 million in separate, federal funding for COVID-19 testing in schools.  Meanwhile, the Idaho Senate took its third recess of the session and does not plan to meet […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces a ban on state involvement in vaccine passports

Idaho governor signs anti-abortion bill into law

BY: - April 27, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law on Tuesday a piece of legislation commonly known as the “fetal heartbeat” bill. The law bans abortions after the detection of a baby’s heartbeat, which is typically five to six weeks after conception.  House Bill 366 includes exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, but the […]

Legislative staffer who alleges assault by Idaho representative will be subpoenaed to testify publicly

BY: and - April 27, 2021

The 19-year-old legislative staffer who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will be compelled to testify publicly before the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday, according to representatives who have been assisting the teen. Members of the organization spoke during a press conference Tuesday morning about the 19-year-old and the overall issues […]