Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Several state lawmakers including House Speaker Scott Bedke testified in the trespassing trial of Ammon Bundy and Aaron Von Schmidt this week, in which both men were found guilty. Bundy, who has announced plans to run for governor, is charged with misdemeanor trespassing and resisting or obstructing arrest after anContinue reading “Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified”

State Board of Education reviews diversity, inclusion policy after lawmaker concerns

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After the Idaho Legislature’s adoption of a bill to prevent schools from forcing students to believe certain ideologies, the Idaho State Board of Education held a special meeting Monday on the issue. The Board introduced a policy for diversity, educational equity, and inclusion in higher education. The meeting gave theContinue reading “State Board of Education reviews diversity, inclusion policy after lawmaker concerns”

Education task force presenters criticize K-12 curriculum, textbooks

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Education Task Force assembled by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin met again Thursday at the statehouse to discuss education policy, focusing on K-12 schools.  Presenters focused on whether critical race theory, racism, capitalism, Black Lives Matter and issues around transgender people are being taught in Idaho public schools. They lookedContinue reading “Education task force presenters criticize K-12 curriculum, textbooks”

Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Ammon Bundy, who announced his run for governor on Saturday despite being banned from the Idaho Statehouse, has hired an attorney and is demanding that his criminal charges connected to allegedly trespassing at the state capitol be dismissed. In a motion filed on June 17, just 11 days before theContinue reading “Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation”

Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Division of Financial Management now says the education initiative spearheaded by Reclaim Idaho could generate an additional $323 million for K-12 schools.  Reclaim Idaho, the same group that successfully got Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2018, is spearheading this initiative, called the Quality Education Act.  The need forContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million”

Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports At the height of the pandemic, coronavirus ripped through the Idaho prisons, spreading among the more than 8,400 people housed in state facilities. As of Friday, the current infection rates in the Idaho Department of Correction facilities remained relatively low, like rates in the rest of the state, but vaccinationContinue reading “Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help”

Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the stay of an Idaho man’s execution, and at least bought him some time. The Commission granted Gerald Pizzuto Jr. a commutation hearing, which they will take up in November. His June 2 execution was canceledContinue reading “Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies”

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 100 people crowded around the statehouse steps on Wednesday afternoon as Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced her plans to run for governor. McGeachin will challenge Gov. Brad Little in the next primary after the two had publicly conflicting views on the best way to handle the coronavirus pandemic. SheContinue reading “Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022”

Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision from the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the cancelation of Gerald Pizzuto Jr.’s June 2 execution date. Pizzuto Jr., 64, has been on death row for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County.Continue reading “Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended”

After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In the week following a Legislative ethics hearing revolving around a sexual assault allegation against a former legislator, House leadership received nearly 2,000 complaints about Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, after she twice published a link to a blog that named the victim of an alleged sexual assault. Most ofContinue reading “After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in”