Abortion rights protesters

Planned Parenthood files petition to block Idaho abortion law

BY: - March 30, 2022

Planned Parenthood Great Northwest announced in a press release Wednesday morning that the organization filed a petition with the Idaho Supreme Court to block an abortion law that allows civil lawsuits against medical professionals who provide abortions after fetal cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound. “The abortion ban blatantly undermines patients’ right to privacy. […]

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins backing

BY: - March 30, 2022

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to a seat on the Supreme Court, she said Wednesday, becoming the first Republican to pledge her support for President Joe Biden’s pick to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Collins, of Maine, said in a statement Jackson had “sterling” academic and professional credentials. […]

Ryan Langrill of the Office of Performance Evaluations, explains the OPE's findings on Idaho Medicaid rate setting

Idaho watchdog agency figured out why Medicaid rates haven’t changed

BY: - March 30, 2022

Distrust. Fear. Unrealistic expectations. Bureaucratic delays. Those are both the causes and symptoms of a strained relationship between the Idaho Legislature and the state’s Medicaid division — a problem that has thwarted efforts for more than a decade to change how Idaho Medicaid pays for health care. Because of this vicious cycle, lawmakers who have […]

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee room

Idaho Legislature’s powerful budget committee to have fresh faces in 2023

BY: - March 30, 2022

One of the Idaho Legislature’s largest, most complicated and hardest working committees will be under new leadership when the Idaho Legislature reconvenes in 2023. And depending how the 2022 elections shake out, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee could look almost completely different next year. The two top ranking Idaho House members serving on the Joint Finance-Appropriations […]

Emmett Till gravesite plaque

Biden signs law named for Emmett Till that makes lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Nearly 70 years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi by two white men, President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime.  “Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone belongs in America,” Biden said at the Rose […]

Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife, Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pressed to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases

BY: - March 29, 2022

Two dozen congressional Democrats are calling for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, following revelations his wife communicated with the Trump White House about overturning the election. In addition, it appears likely that the U.S. House committee probing the attack will […]

Door to the Office of the Attorney General at the Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021.

Idaho attorney general announces formal partnership with FCC to investigate robocalls

BY: - March 29, 2022

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced in a press release Tuesday that the state will join the Federal Communications Commission to investigate robocalls, saying the partnership will help the agencies share information and more effectively investigate the businesses running robocall operations. “Robocalls are a global problem and individually we as states are not equipped to […]

A nurse in Maryland draws a vaccine dose from a vial

Second COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older

BY: - March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised.  The decision to amend an earlier emergency use authorization for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is meant to increase protection against […]

Idaho state capitol building

Fundraising a dead heat between Republican candidates for Idaho lieutenant governor 

BY: - March 29, 2022

As the Idaho Legislature conducted its business throughout the past two months, candidates for statewide office continued the fundraising march to the primary in May, including two legislators who are in a dead heat for fundraising — Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, and Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird. Bedke and Giddings are vying […]

Gov. Brad Little

Citing ‘government overreach,’ Idaho Gov. Brad Little vetoes bill to pause COVID-19 vaccine requirements

BY: - March 28, 2022

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday vetoed a bill that would block COVID-19 vaccine requirements until at least 2023. In his letter explaining the veto, Little said his decision was based on the same limited-government philosophy that prompted him to sue the Biden administration over its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for certain workers. “I am vetoing […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

BY: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Republicans’ criticisms of Jackson’s record and responses were either untrue or disingenuous. Meanwhile, ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa again raised process concerns. Jackson […]

wildfire near Lake Lowell

Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal, including tribal programs

BY: - March 28, 2022

President Joe Biden’s budget request, released Monday, would boost funding for the Interior Department by nearly one-fifth, well above what the administration has proposed for most discretionary spending. The president’s $5.8 trillion request to Congress for fiscal 2023 proposes a 5% increase for domestic discretionary programs. Interior would see $17.5 billion in discretionary spending, a […]