Government + Politics

AG’s review finds bill designed to prevent government shutdown could be close call constitutionally 

BY: - April 30, 2021

A review conducted by the office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden found that a bill designed to prevent a partial state government shutdown could be found constitutional.  But Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane wrote that it could still be a close question as to whether House Bill 376 is in conflict with the […]

Helmville, Montana, volunteer firefighters train in the forest.

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

Passengers prepare to board an Amtrak train.

With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance

BY: - April 30, 2021

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak — or any other passenger rail service — to come to Columbus, Ohio. As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle.  But […]

Idaho legislators put off budgeting. Now, the state risks a partial shutdown

BY: - April 29, 2021

Gov. Brad Little’s budget chief is worried that the length of the ongoing Idaho legislative session could lead to a partial government shutdown. The budget delay might threaten the state’s ability to have a budget in place in time to make payroll starting in June, Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams told the Idaho […]

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 […]