Government + Politics

Alex Mutabazi

Settled into new homes, refugees in U.S. say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

COMMENTARY
Mike Mansfield with President Harry Truman

Mike Mansfield, the Saturday Night Massacre and rubber chicken in Idaho

BY: - June 20, 2021

When the United States Senate recently failed to end a Republican filibuster and consider creation of an independent commission to investigate the details of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, it was just the latest example of how profound partisanship frequently paralyzes even the most reasonable – and broadly supported – […]

Ammon Bundy at Kleiner Park

Ammon Bundy announces Republican run for Idaho governor

BY: - June 19, 2021

Ammon Bundy, the politically conservative activist who is banned from the Idaho Capitol and was renounced by the Republican Party, announced he is running for Idaho governor before a crowd of several hundred people on Saturday evening at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian. “My friends, I am not afraid to fight for you […]

Sherri Ybarra

Are you a young person passionate about education? This advisory council seeks applicants

BY: - June 18, 2021

The first cohort of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s Student Advisory Council is open for applications, according to a release from the Idaho State Department of Education. Ybarra’s goal is to gather a panel from across the state that represents Idaho’s diversity in grade level, background, interests, culture and school size, among other […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

Idaho unemployment down to 3% in May

BY: - June 18, 2021

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly, from 3.1% in April to 3% in May, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Labor. The state’s overall labor force grew by one-tenth of a percent, the second consecutive month of labor force gains. Six industries saw significant job losses, including natural resources (-2.5%), […]

Tracy Stone-Manning has been selected as the nominee to lead the BLM.

Biden public lands nominee opposed by GOP over link to 1989 tree-spiking in Idaho

BY: - June 18, 2021

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are ramping up opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management after a conservative news site and other news reports detailed her connection to an Idaho tree-spiking scheme three decades ago. Without GOP support, Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning would need the votes of every Democrat in […]

Rep. Russ Fulcher

Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher announces kidney cancer diagnosis

BY: - June 18, 2021

Rep. Russ Fulcher, who represents Idaho’s First Congressional District, announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he has renal cancer, which affects the kidneys. “No one likes to hear the ‘C’ word, especially when having a discussion with their physician, but as many of you have previously experienced … sometimes it happens,” Fulcher wrote. According […]

White Sturgeon in Kootenai County

Biden administration rewriting policies to protect endangered species

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it […]

Given short notice, Treasure Valley cities to remain open for new Juneteenth holiday

BY: - June 17, 2021

With short notice mere hours after President Joe Biden signed a law making June 19 a national holiday, the mayors of Boise, Nampa and Meridian announced city operations would be open as normal on Friday, while the state’s executive branch agencies will be closed. June 19 is celebrated as the end of slavery in the […]

Biden signs Juneteenth legislation

President Joe Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names — Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho Gov. offers paid time off for COVID vaccine, calls on businesses to follow suit

BY: - June 17, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is taking the lead on offering paid time off to employees who get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This morning, I informed Idaho state employees we’re offering them a new benefit – four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine!” Little said […]

Reclaim Idaho education mobile

State to review policies as Reclaim Idaho requests updated financial analysis of education ballot initiative

BY: - June 16, 2021

A newly revised financial analysis issued Wednesday found Reclaim Idaho’s updated education ballot initiative adheres to a new tax law the Legislature passed earlier this year.  Overall, the initiative would increase income taxes by $323.5 million beginning in the 2024 budget year. The Division of Financial Management issued the fiscal impact statement late Wednesday afternoon, […]