What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House is at recess and the Senate is adjourned sine die, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers get a summer break.  The Ethics and House Policy Committee will meet Monday, August 2, to review two complaints accusing Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, of conduct unbecoming a Representative and detrimental toContinue reading “What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing”

Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”

Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports After announcing the launch of a new ballot initiative last week, Reclaim Idaho had to backtrack the next day and tell volunteers to pause their signature collection drive. The organization announced in a press release Thursday that they would begin collecting signatures, but it turns out the initiative wasn’t eligibleContinue reading “Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start”

Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The top lawmaker in the Idaho House of Representatives is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for lieutenant governor. Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, announced his campaign for the second-highest executive post at the state capitol on Thursday. “I’m the only candidate in the race who has testedContinue reading “Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race”

Former Senator Dean Mortimer hospitalized with COVID-19

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On the Senate floor Monday, Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, read portions of a letter from former education chairman Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, who described his recent hospitalization due to COVID-19.  “We as a state have focused rightfully on prevention measures,” Mortimer wrote, “all of which I have been diligentContinue reading “Former Senator Dean Mortimer hospitalized with COVID-19”

In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Office of Performance Evaluations released a report on county revenue to the Idaho Legislature, outlining sources of revenue in the state’s 44 counties and highlighting how Idaho’s population growth has outpaced revenues. The evaluation was presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday. “Idaho’s rapid population growth hasContinue reading “In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE”

Vaccine rollout continues with low supply and high demand

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idahoans ages 65 and older will become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations on the first day of February. With increased demand, the state is making efforts to distribute vaccines as quickly and fairly as possible despite the limited quantity of doses coming into Idaho. Officials had previously considered using anContinue reading “Vaccine rollout continues with low supply and high demand”

House committee considers formalizing gallery rules

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports A proposed House rule change is continuing the debate over safety versus political expression. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee introduced a resolution last Friday that would incorporate decorum guidelines for the chamber gallery and committee rooms into the House rules. The proposal was presented by committee chairman Rep.Continue reading “House committee considers formalizing gallery rules”

As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Governor Brad Little announced Friday that he is rolling the state back to a modified version of Stage 2 and mobilizing 100 members of the Idaho National Guard to support the state’s struggling healthcare capacity. “We are in the middle of an unprecedented and dangerous time in our state’s history,”Continue reading “As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard”

Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Note: 2020 election results used in this analysis are unofficial. State law requires that results be canvassed and certified by counties within 10 days of the general election (Nov. 13) and by the state within 15 days (Nov. 18). The 2020 general election saw remarkably high turnout in Idaho, withContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout”