A mix of fresh and familiar: most legislative incumbents survived, but most of the party nominees are new

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Most sitting Idaho legislators chose to seek reelection this year. They were joined by a large field of new candidates, with the majority of Republicans facing a contested legislative primary on Tuesday. While a number of incumbents lost at the polls, Republican voters ultimately selected a mix of fresh andContinue reading “A mix of fresh and familiar: most legislative incumbents survived, but most of the party nominees are new”

Most Idaho lawmakers seek reelection, but face challengers along the way

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Amid a handful of retirements and a few campaigns for executive branch, most sitting Idaho lawmakers are running for reelection. Of Idaho’s 58 GOP House members, 39 are running to keep their seat, while eight have their eyes on the Senate. Of those representatives not seeking reelection, eight chose toContinue reading “Most Idaho lawmakers seek reelection, but face challengers along the way”

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”

With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s official coronavirus case numbers are currently artificially low, as public health districts scramble to work through a backlog of 14,800 positive laboratory results. Though a lower percentage of COVID patients are currently hospitalized than at other points in the pandemic, a slight increase in hospitalizations coupled with healthcare workersContinue reading “With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low”

One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s weekly coronavirus press conference marked a dark milestone Tuesday for long-term care facilities.  IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen said the state has now seen 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities. That means at least one out of every four COVID deaths in IdahoContinue reading “One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities”

Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Idaho surpassed 4,000 recorded deaths due to COVID-19.  The state hit 3,000 deaths on Sept. 28, meaning the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded 1,000 additional COVID deaths in just 72 days.  In comparison, it took 263 days for Idaho to hit its first 1,000 deaths –Continue reading “Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths”

Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature considered amending the workers’ compensation law in Idaho to include vaccine injuries, but the state has already paid out more than $2 million for COVID-19 illnesses and vaccine injuries. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, pitched HB 417, which would require businesses that mandate their employees to be vaccinatedContinue reading “Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID”

One person, one vote, forty-four counties

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports As Idaho communities have grown unevenly over the past decade, how should the interests of urban and rural areas best be represented? That’s one of several issues before Idaho’s redistricting commission as they decide how to lay out 35 legislative districts across the 44 counties. The bipartisan six-member commission spentContinue reading “One person, one vote, forty-four counties”

IDHW data shows younger Idahoans dying of COVID at higher rate than before

While those older than 65 continue to be most affected by the Delta-driven COVID surge, for weeks, Idaho healthcare workers and officials have been warning that more and more unvaccinated younger patients are being admitted to ICUs across the state. Now, the state has data to show how the latest Delta-driven surge is affecting thoseContinue reading “IDHW data shows younger Idahoans dying of COVID at higher rate than before”

“These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.”

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly Idaho Department of Health and Welfare media briefing on Tuesday, IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen and Dr. Jim Souza, chief physician executive of St. Luke’s Health System, shared some insight into the onslaught of COVID patients that prompted the department to activate crisis standards of care last week:Continue reading ““These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.””