House Speaker Scott Bedke set to be Lt. Gov. nominee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports House Speaker Scott Bedke took the lead Tuesday night, collecting 51.6% of the Republican vote. Bedke, of Oakley, served as speaker of the House since 2012 and has been a representative since 2000. He earned 138,962 votes on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Challenger Rep. Priscilla Giddings, of White Bird,Continue reading “House Speaker Scott Bedke set to be Lt. Gov. nominee”

Little holds seat, heads to the general election

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As results rolled in Tuesday evening, it quickly became clear that Gov. Brad Little will serve as Idaho’s next Republican gubernatorial candidate, garnering 148,214 votes. With  52.76% of the vote Little took the lead, on track to hold his office for another four years.  Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held secondContinue reading “Little holds seat, heads to the general election”

St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The state’s largest hospital system filed a lawsuit Wednesday against far-right activist and gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy, his campaign, the People’s Rights Network and his supporters.  The lawsuit, filed by St. Luke’s in Ada County, stems from an incident in March when the grandchild of Diego Rodriguez was taken toContinue reading “St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign”

April tax revenues for Idaho exceed $1 billion, major surplus expected

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports April tax revenues for the state exceeded $1 billion for the first time in Idaho history. The Division of Financial Management  reported that with more than $1.229 billion recorded in April, state revenues came in at $574 million more than predicted.  Of that amount collected, individual income tax was $308Continue reading “April tax revenues for Idaho exceed $1 billion, major surplus expected”

Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned

By Melissa Davlin and Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, most abortion will become illegal in Idaho, due to a trigger law passed in 2021. But depending on where they live, that law won’t affect Idahoans equally.  Earlier this week, POLITICO reported on a leaked draft opinionContinue reading “Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned”

Reclaim Idaho submits final signatures for education ballot initiative

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho dropped off the final signatures needed Monday for the education initiative voters might see this year. Reclaim Idaho supporters and co-founder Luke Mayville gathered outside the Ada County Elections Office to submit the last of the petition signatures. “The people of Idaho disagree about a wholeContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho submits final signatures for education ballot initiative”

Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern

  By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Idaho Capital Sun Exactly one year to the day that former Lewiston Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from his seat after a House ethics panel recommended his suspension over his conduct as a legislator, a jury in Ada County found him guilty of rape and not guilty of forcible penetration withContinue reading “Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern”

Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon denied a request Monday to delay the trial for a former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern. Reardon heard from the attorney for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged with rape and forcible penetrationContinue reading “Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape”

Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern appeared in court Monday in preparation for trial.  Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon heard from attorneys and set a trial for April 26 for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged withContinue reading “Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26”

Ammon Bundy convicted of contempt, sentenced to 10 days jail

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Ada County Magistrate Judge Annie McDevitt heard arguments Thursday from Independent gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy, accused of violating a court order. Bundy faced a contempt charge stemming from an initial conviction when he refused to leave the Lincoln Auditorium at the statehouse during a 2020 special session.  On July 1,Continue reading “Ammon Bundy convicted of contempt, sentenced to 10 days jail”