Government + Politics

Sherri Ybarra

Superintendent Ybarra tours Idaho to meet with school officials about 2021 session

BY: - May 10, 2021

Starting today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra and key staff members will hit the road for the next two weeks to meet with Idaho educators and administrators to provide updates on the 2021 legislative session and other education-related topics, according to a press release from her office. The first leg of the superintendent’s annual […]

Reclaim Idaho files lawsuit over new ballot initiative law

BY: - May 7, 2021

Reclaim Idaho, the group behind the 2018 Medicaid expansion initiative, filed a lawsuit in Idaho Supreme Court on Friday attempting to strike down a new law they say makes it harder to bring a people’s ballot initiative forward. Another group comprising Idaho lawyers, The Committee to Protect and Preserve the Idaho Constitution, also has signed […]

A man watches a flock of migrating starlings.

Migratory bird protections to be permanently restored by Biden administration

BY: - May 7, 2021

The Interior Department plans to officially revoke a Trump-era rule that loosened enforcement of a longstanding law to protect migratory birds, the department said Thursday. The rule put in place by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under the […]

scales of justice

Warrant signed for Idaho’s first death row execution since 2012

BY: - May 7, 2021

Idaho is seeking to execute a prison inmate for the first time in nearly a decade, issuing a death warrant for next month for convicted double-murderer Gerald Pizzuto Jr. Second Judicial District Court Judge Jay Gaskill signed the execution decree on Thursday, according to a copy of the death warrant obtained by the Idaho Capital […]

Patrick Anderson and cousin

Hundreds of Idahoans have lost their lives ‘for a paycheck’

BY: - May 7, 2021

Patrick L. Anderson was 25 when he died. He worked on oil rigs. He worked as a wildland firefighter. Those jobs, he survived. It was moving dirt in a residential development north of Boise that killed him on Oct. 5 — his first day at work. Mario Vazquez Vergara was 35 when he died. He […]

Idaho State Capitol

How the Idaho Legislature handled sex assault case sends wrong message to victims, survivors

BY: - May 7, 2021

In my years as a licensed clinical professional counselor working with people who have experienced sexual trauma, I have noticed a few things. First, there is a real lack of public education on what sexual trauma looks like and what survivors need in the aftermath to ensure they are not further harmed once they find […]

USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) field planted for pollinators

Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners

BY: - May 6, 2021

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30% of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would be […]

Analysis: Funding higher education, on the basis of anecdotes and narrative

BY: - May 6, 2021

Originally posted on on May 6, 2021 (EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next year, Idaho Education News will provide in-depth, ongoing coverage of the challenges facing higher education during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s our latest installment in this project.) Lawmakers turned up the fiscal pressure on higher education this year — on the basis of […]

Senate President Pro Tempore Chuck Winder (R, Boise)

Idaho legislative session to become longest in state history

BY: - May 5, 2021

After 115 bruising and divisive days under the Statehouse rotunda, Idaho legislators all but finished their business Wednesday night and called another recess until May 12.  The recess guarantees the 2021 legislative session will be the longest in state history.  Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, R-Boise, pushed Senate Concurrent Resolution 111 to facilitate the […]

Property tax bill passes Senate by two votes; nine Republicans vote no

BY: - May 5, 2021

A property tax relief bill that raises the homeowner’s exemption by $25,000, changes details of the circuit breaker program and caps growth percentages in local budgets squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 19-16, with nine Republicans voting no. The Senate debated the bill for about an hour, with several senators […]

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

Within hours, Legislature approves bills limiting governor’s emergency powers

BY: - May 5, 2021

A slew of bills aimed at limiting an Idaho governor’s authority during a declared emergency passed the House and Senate during marathon floor sessions Wednesday afternoon.  The four bills are part of an effort to separate what legislators called the “key components” of two previous bills that were vetoed by Gov. Brad Little on April […]

Downtown Boise as seen from the Boise Depot

That’s not who we are, Idaho, might be exactly who we are — for now

BY: - May 5, 2021

That’s not who we are, Idaho.  It’s a phrase that over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time sitting with, weighing its true meaning in my mind. It’s a phrase I used to accept instantly at face value. I trusted it, believed in it to my core, because I was raised to believe […]