‘It’s a tinderbox situation’: Western governors ask Biden for better wildfire prevention

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and […]

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Federal eviction ban to expire Saturday after attempt to extend it fails

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully scrambled on Friday to extend federal legal protections against eviction that will expire on Saturday. The end of the eviction moratorium jeopardizes housing security for millions of Americans who are struggling to pay their rent and access billions of dollars in slow-moving federal rental assistance funds. Top Democrats in the U.S. […]

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House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised […]

Idaho House speaker appoints replacement for redistricting commission

BY: - July 30, 2021

Speaker of the House Scott Bedke announced Friday in a press release that he will appoint former Rep. Thomas Dayley to Idaho’s Citizen Commission for Reapportionment to replace John Simpson, who had to withdraw his appointment because of lobbying rules. The committee is tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional district maps with updated U.S. Census […]

McGeachin’s education task force discusses calls to disband State Board of Education

BY: - July 29, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force held its third meeting of the summer Thursday at the Idaho Statehouse but still has yet to allow any public testimony.  But task force members did receive their first challenge and some pushback for surrounding themselves with people they agree with.  Nafees Alam, a professor of social […]

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Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the […]

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Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate […]

Bonner County commissioner announces run for Idaho governor

BY: - July 29, 2021

Steven Bradshaw, a Bonner County commissioner in Sandpoint, announced Wednesday he is running to be governor of Idaho, joining a crowded field for the Republican primary contest in May 2022. Bradshaw was elected as a commissioner in 2018 on a platform of “very strong conservative values,” including a stance against abortion and in favor of […]

Defensible space: Wildfire experts say planning, preparation can reduce the risk of losing homes 

BY: - July 29, 2021

Brett Van Paepeghem doesn’t mince words when he talks about the potential consequences of this fire season. “It’s frightening,” Van Paepeghem said in a telephone interview. “The drought, the heat, the forecasts; all of it is kind of a recipe for disaster. It’s scary. We’re sitting in, potentially, one of the worst fire seasons I […]

New online tool launched to help locate rental assistance programs by state

BY: - July 29, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the addition of an online tool to help renters and landlords find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses if they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release. The Rental Assistance Finder directs renters and landlords to state and local […]

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Analysis: The education culture wars go full circle, and head for a showdown

BY: - July 28, 2021

Originally posted on on July 28, 2021 Idaho’s education culture wars will come full circle Thursday. That’s when Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force meets again, focusing this time on higher education. Where Idaho’s debate began, two years ago. There’s no disputing that the controversy over critical race theory and school indoctrination has […]

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Bipartisan senators, Biden strike a deal on $550B in new infrastructure spending

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators […]