Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Judicial Council announced on Wednesday the finalists to replace retiring Justice Roger Burdick. The finalists are: Jessica M. Lorello of Meridian, a judge on the Idaho Court of AppealsDiane M. Walker also of Meridian, a magistrate judge in the Fourth Judicial DistrictColleen D. Zahn of Boise, an IdahoContinue reading “Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy”

Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The battleground has been set for a future trial to determine the constitutionality of Idaho’s public defense system. On Thursday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion on Tucker v. Idaho, which set guidelines for a trial on the merits. The Tucker opinion is the latest in a longContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight”

Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Parents do not need to have custody of their children to change their name according to a new Idaho Supreme Court Decision. On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its opinion on Hayes v. Medioli. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of Massimo Medioli, allowing him to change his son’sContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.”

Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Tuesday, the Court released their opinion on Hoffman v. City of Boise unanimously ruling in favor of the city and finding that two city ordinances passed to create urban renewal districts were constitutional.  The case involved two ordinances passed by the City of Boise in 2018 which created theContinue reading “Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding.”

A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs committee introduced a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, and incest. Under this law, doctors would not be subject to prosecution, rather they could be disciplined by the Idaho State Board of Medicine.Continue reading “A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts”

Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more

by Devon Downey and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho would not allow recreational marijuana to ever be legalized if a new constitutional amendment is passed by the Legislature and voters. On Feb. 3rd, the Idaho Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 101 on a 24-11 vote, just passing the two-thirds requirement needed for a constitutional amendment.Continue reading “Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more”

Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight

by Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Idaho legislature after a lengthy public dispute regarding control of first floor office space in the Idaho statehouse. In 2018, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and then-President Pro Tempore of the Senate Brent Hill wrote to then-Idaho State TreasurerContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight”

Idaho GOP picks up two House seats

by Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Two years after losing in Districts 15 and 29, Republican challengers have regained control of two of those seats. After winning reelection by only six votes in 2018, District 15 Sen. Fred Martin has defeated Democratic challenger Rick Just by over 1,200 votes. For seat B in District 15, RepublicanContinue reading “Idaho GOP picks up two House seats”

Election Night Preview: Ada and Canyon Counties

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Idaho’s two largest counties make up nearly 40% of the state’s population, but rarely offer much excitement in legislative races on election night.  Why would Ada and Canyon counties not create more election headlines? Simply put, there are very few swing districts in these two counties.  Looking at election results fromContinue reading “Election Night Preview: Ada and Canyon Counties”