Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit the use of drop boxes for absentee ballot collection.  Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, sponsored the bill. Giddings said it’s not clear how many counties use the drop boxes to collect ballots.  Ada County, for example, does useContinue reading “Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes”

Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools is accused of encouraging an act of child abuse, according to a temporary protection order granted this week by a Washington state court. The court granted an order against Branden Durst and his current wife at the request of Durst’s ex-wife, afterContinue reading “Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations”

Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday on the last outstanding redistricting challenge, officially clearing the way for the state’s spring primary election. The sole challenge to the congressional map alleged that the commission missed its 90-day constitutional deadline to submit its final plans, and lacked the ability to divide existingContinue reading “Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court”

Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Challenges to Idaho’s redistricting plans have been denied by the Idaho Supreme Court, which means new legislative districts are officially finalized for the primary election this spring.  In a ruling issued Thursday, the court affirmed the redistricting commission’s decision to prioritize the smallest possible population deviations between legislative districts overContinue reading “Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court”

Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court heard the sole challenge to Idaho’s congressional redistricting map this week, bringing the state one step closer to finalized electoral maps that will be in place for the next decade.  On Monday, Jan. 24, the court heard arguments on whether the 2021 redistricting commission completed itsContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments “

Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Senate Republican leadership issued a statement Friday evening accusing GOP state superintendent candidate Branden Durst of “spurious attacks” and “aggressive actions” against members of the Senate following a committee meeting earlier this week. The statement is attributed to President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, Assistant Majority LeaderContinue reading “Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations”

Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Disagreements over a rejected parental rights draft bill led to verbal altercations between a state senator and a candidate for state superintendent that twice involved the Idaho State Police.  On Tuesday, Sen. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, and Branden Durst, a former state senator and current candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction,Continue reading “Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate “

Idaho Supreme Court hears oral arguments over redistricting challenges

The Idaho Supreme Court heard legal challenges to the state’s adopted legislative redistricting plan on Friday, Jan. 14. Arguments in a separate case challenging the congressional redistricting plan are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24. Here’s a writeup of the courtroom action by Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho Supreme CourtContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears oral arguments over redistricting challenges”

Sandpoint mayor announces governor campaign

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Sandpoint mayor Shelby Rognstad officially announced his campaign for governor Monday in Lewiston. Rognstad has been the mayor of Sandpoint since 2015 and previously served on the city council. He is also a board member of the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation and the Association of Idaho Cities. Rognstad spokeContinue reading “Sandpoint mayor announces governor campaign”

Idaho’s final redistricting maps approved 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports In a short meeting Friday, the Idaho redistricting commission approved legislative plan L03 and congressional plan C03 to become the state’s electoral districts for the next 10 years. The bipartisan six-member commission began their work on Sept. 1 and approved the final maps three weeks ahead of the Nov. 30Continue reading “Idaho’s final redistricting maps approved “