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”

No shakeups in District 5 legislative results

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow) has defended his seat against former Republican senator Dan Foreman, who held the position from 2016 to 2018, although with a much tighter margin than in their previous contest. Republican candidates in District 5 held large leads early in the night, until Latah County absentee ballotContinue reading “No shakeups in District 5 legislative results”

35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On election night, 68% of Idaho voters decided in favor of setting the number of state legislative districts at 35 before the 2021 redistricting process. If voters had rejected constitutional amendment HJR 4, the decision on how many districts to create would have been left to the redistricting commission. SinceContinue reading “35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters”