Government + Politics

The Idaho State Capitol on March 21, 2021.

After COVID scare, Idaho Legislature back in session Tuesday. Here’s how to follow along.

BY: - April 5, 2021

When the Idaho Legislature reconvenes Tuesday following an abrupt 17-day recess brought on by a COVID-19 Statehouse outbreak, Idahoans will be able to follow the action without leaving their home or office. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Legislature and Idaho Public Television have offered live streaming video of all committee hearings and floor sessions […]

COMMENTARY

Closed primaries one reason for decreasing civility in Idaho politics

BY: , , and - April 5, 2021

Notice the rising temperature in Idaho politics? Don’t just blame trends on increased national political polarization. One reason Idaho’s democracy has become less civil in recent years can be traced to our state moving to a closed primary voting system. A closed primary system means that only people who are registered members of a political […]

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered to Idaho

BY: - April 4, 2021

The federal government has delivered 1.02 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Idaho as of Friday, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 783,000 of those doses have made it into Idahoans’ arms. Nearly 478,000 people in Idaho have received at least one dose of the vaccine. […]

Law enforcement investigate the scene after a vehicle charged a barricade at the U.S. Capitol on April 02, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United […]

Opponents of several bills targeting transgender youth attend a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama.

30 U.S. states now considering version of Idaho’s transgender athlete bill 

BY: - April 2, 2021

A bill that bans transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports has quickly spread to 30 statehouses across the country after originating in Idaho. Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, the bill originated in the form of House Bill 500 during the 2020 Idaho legislative session. The Republican supermajority that […]

Have questions about filing taxes this year? Start with our guide.

BY: - April 2, 2021

Between stimulus funds, unemployment payments, state-distributed assistance and plain old traditional deductions, filing taxes this year could get complicated. “There’s been so many balls up in the air lately that it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on,” said Cynthia Adrian, income tax specialist for the Idaho State Tax Commission. There’s plenty of issues […]

COMMENTARY

Idaho failed disabled community in vaccination prioritization

BY: - April 2, 2021

I put my life on hold.  Projects, personal milestones, planned events and goals were all halted. This is our reality — mine and those in the disabled community.  Many of us have been homebound for a year. We went into lockdown two weeks before the state of Idaho officially did. The governor’s stay-at-home order lasted […]

Long lines during Georgia's June 9 primary were in part attributed to experienced older poll workers backing out due to coronavirus worries.

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Idaho bills restricting voting, ballot procedures hang in balance as session nears end

BY: - April 1, 2021

The fate of several bills that would restrict voting or ballot initiative procedures in Idaho hang in the balance when the Legislature reconvenes April 6 after postponing the 2021 session due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol. One would put new restrictions on turning in absentee ballots. House Bill 223, pushed by House Majority […]

Legislators seek to alter voting access with Idaho turnout at highest levels in decades

BY: - April 1, 2021

At a time when legislators are considering changes to voting, ballot initiative and election laws, the percentage of Idahoans voting is at the highest levels in decades. Voter turnout in both the 2020 primary and general election was the highest percentage since at least before 1996, which is as far back as online records are […]

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to give a primetime address to the nation from the East Room of the White House.

Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure

BY: - March 31, 2021

The sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal President Joe Biden laid out Wednesday in Pennsylvania includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important “down payment” to address the crisis. A 25-page outline calls for $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps, $16 billion for capping abandoned wells and […]

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

It’s possible to get COVID-19 after vaccination. But early Idaho data show how rare it is.

BY: - March 31, 2021

There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective against the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week published a study of frontline workers in eight cities — including Portland and Salt Lake City — that found Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective in preventing infection. But what about […]