Idaho GOP Convention set to start Thursday

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho GOP State Convention kicks off Thursday in Twin Falls and a variety of resolutions and elections are set for debate among Idaho Republicans.  The race for GOP Chair includes incumbent Tom Luna, who will be challenged by Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley. The party elected Luna, former Superintendent ofContinue reading “Idaho GOP Convention set to start Thursday”

Defendants are no-shows in lawsuit stemming from St. Luke’s hospital lockdown

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Far-right gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy, his campaign, and Diego Rodriguez did not appear in court Tuesday after failing to cooperate in a lawsuit filed by the state’s largest hospital system. St. Luke’s Health System and its providers filed a lawsuit against Bundy and Rodriguez in May stating he and hisContinue reading “Defendants are no-shows in lawsuit stemming from St. Luke’s hospital lockdown”

Reclaim Idaho submits 100,000 signatures for education ballot initiative

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports “When I say ‘vote’ you say ‘yes’” echoed outside the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday as enthusiastic supporters filled the statehouse hall. Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho submitted signed petitions for its Quality Education Act to the office, marking the final step before getting the initiative on November’s ballot. Continue reading “Reclaim Idaho submits 100,000 signatures for education ballot initiative”

Man accused of interfering with firefighter radios faces $34,000 fine

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a major fine against the man accused of interfering with radios directing aircraft over the Johnson Creek Fire. The Johnson Creek Fire burned more than 1,300 acres in 2021 and is part of the larger Leland Complex fire in northern Idaho. The FCCContinue reading “Man accused of interfering with firefighter radios faces $34,000 fine”

School safety board reviews policy on reuniting kids, parents in crisis

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho School Safety and Security Advisory Board met Tuesday, two weeks after a mass shooting killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The advisory board discussed plans for school safety moving forward, including a new reunification plan outlined by Guy Bliesner, an analystContinue reading “School safety board reviews policy on reuniting kids, parents in crisis”

Former Idaho congressional candidate pleads guilty to misusing pandemic relief funds

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Former 2020 congressional candidate Nicholas Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to using COVID-19 relief funds for personal expenditures and falsifying records to conceal campaign fund reports. U.S. House District 1 Republican primary election challenger Nicholas Jones appeared on the Idaho Debates Q & A in 2020.  According to court documents, Jones,Continue reading “Former Idaho congressional candidate pleads guilty to misusing pandemic relief funds”

CDA Lake Advisory Committee set to take applications for more grant distribution

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee met Tuesday and decided to begin accepting applications for additional projects that could improve preservation at the lake. Gov. Brad Little established the advisory committee in August of 2021 with a variety of stakeholders, and directed $2 million to reduce phosphorus in Coeur d’AleneContinue reading “CDA Lake Advisory Committee set to take applications for more grant distribution”

Crapo, Simpson both hold their seats in the primary election

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Sen. Mike Crapo held his seat on Tuesday night as the expected Republican candidate for Idaho’s seat in the U.S. Senate.  Crapo took 67.09% of the Republican vote, earning 177,203 votes. Challenger Scott Trotter took 10.47% of the Republican vote, earning 27,644 votes.  Brenda Bourn took 8.17% of the RepublicanContinue reading “Crapo, Simpson both hold their seats in the primary election”

McGrane takes Secretary of State GOP nominee place in close race

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a tight race, Phil McGrane led the primary for the open Idaho Secretary of State’s seat on Tuesday night to be the GOP candidate. Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane took 43.05% of the Republican vote, with 113,894 votes. Rep. Dorothy Moon, of Stanley, trailed closely behind taking 41.44% ofContinue reading “McGrane takes Secretary of State GOP nominee place in close race”

Two statewide incumbents lose seats, Wasden and Ybarra

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a heated campaign season, former congressman Raúl Labrador took the lead on Tuesday to serve as the next Republican nominee for Idaho’s attorney general. Labrador unseated five-term incumbent AG Lawrence Wasden. Labrador took 51.56% of the vote while Wasden took 37.91%. Wasden earned 103,049  votes, but Labrador earned 140,159Continue reading “Two statewide incumbents lose seats, Wasden and Ybarra”