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Idaho redistricting commission re-approves same congressional, legislative maps

BY: - November 10, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission wrapped up its business on Wednesday at the Idaho State Capital by re-doing votes to approve new legislative and congressional district maps and then approving the state’s final redistricting plan.  Commissioners approved the same maps as they originally did on Friday without making any changes to legislative map L03 or congressional […]

Idaho redistricting commission meets at the Capitol

Idaho redistricting commission to re-do votes on legislative, congressional maps

BY: - November 9, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission is expected on Wednesday to call for a do-over on its vote to approve legislative and congressional maps to ensure the commission did not unintentionally break Idaho’s open meetings law.  Commissioners will re-do their votes out of an abundance of caution because the agenda for Friday’s meeting, when commissioners originally voted […]

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University of Idaho College of Law starts law clinic to help with eviction cases

BY: - November 8, 2021

The University of Idaho College of Law has started a Housing Law Clinic in partnership with local nonprofit Jesse Tree to help landlords and tenants with legal, social and financial support to prevent evictions across the Treasure Valley, according to a press release. Jesse Tree, a Boise nonprofit focused on homelessness prevention, has worked with […]

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Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission approves new legislative, congressional maps

BY: - November 5, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission approved a new congressional map and a new legislative map Friday afternoon at the Idaho Statehouse, wrapping up a significant chunk of the group’s work ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline.  Commissioners voted unanimously, 6-0, to approve the new legislative map, which is titled L03. Commissioners then voted 4-2 to approve […]

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Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission proposes new legislative map

BY: - October 29, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission proposed a new map of state legislative districts late Thursday afternoon, representing a potential breakthrough for the group working to redraw political boundaries.  The new map, titled L02, is available under the “maps” tab of the redistricting commission’s website. The map splits eight of Idaho’s 44 counties and has a population […]

Idaho redistricting commission hopes to unveil new political maps this week

BY: - October 25, 2021

Following a nearly two-week planned break, Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission returns to the Statehouse in Boise this week to get back to work on redrawing the state’s political boundaries. The six commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday and have meetings planned for Thursday and Friday as well. Commissioners proposed rough drafts of working maps in […]

Idaho redistricting commission meets at the Capitol

Idaho’s redistricting commissioners not yet ready to unveil proposed new political maps

BY: - October 14, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission was unable to propose any new political maps on Wednesday, missing an unofficial, self-imposed goal. That doesn’t mean commissioners are in trouble or the process is flawed or doomed to failure. By law, commissioners still have until Nov. 30 to submit their redistricting plan and maps to the state. Commissioners hope […]

If you have opinions on housing affordability in Boise, the city wants to hear about it

BY: - October 14, 2021

The city of Boise is inviting residents to participate in community discussions to explore ideas and to find solutions for housing affordability issues, according to a press release. Over the next few months, city of Boise staff will hold discussions with the community virtually and in person when it is safe to do so to […]

What’s the status of Ada County real estate? Higher inventory, steady prices

BY: - October 13, 2021

The share of homes in Ada County that sold for over list price dropped to 33.1% in September, but the median sales price for homes remained relatively unchanged, according to a press release from Boise Regional Realtors. The median sales price for homes increased 0.8% from August to September, rising from $530,500 to $534,950. “Competition […]

Idaho redistricting commission will take remote public testimony Tuesday night

BY: - October 11, 2021

Idahoans from across the state will get one more chance to share their thoughts with the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission before commissioners shift their focus to redrawing the state’s political boundaries.  Redistricting commissioners will accept remote testimony virtually online and via telephone during a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Statehouse.  Anyone wishing […]

Jan Kidd and her husband, Kelly

‘I just couldn’t do it anymore’: Early retirement one of Idaho’s labor shortage problems

BY: - October 6, 2021

Over the course of three decades of teaching in rural southern Idaho, Jan Kidd dealt with her fair share of change and challenges, and she had always been able to handle whatever came her way. She’s not an idle person — she likes to stay busy teaching kids about graphic design, accounting and business mathematics. […]

Now for the hard part: Idaho commission returns to mapmaking as hearings wind down.

BY: - October 4, 2021

Now one-third of the way into its 90-day deadline, the assignment for Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission is about to get harder. Since Sept. 1, Idaho’s six redistricting commissioners have been working toward redrawing Idaho’s 35 legislative districts and two congressional districts. By law, they have until Nov. 30 to turn in two approved maps and […]