Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The 2021 Idaho Commission for Reapportionment met for the first time this week, beginning the 90-day process of creating new legislative and congressional district maps that align with 2020 census data. On Thursday, the committee laid out a tentative schedule for public hearings around the state, at which they willContinue reading “Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days”

No surprise: Census numbers show Idaho growth concentrated in a few areas

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the US Census Bureau released its 2020 Census information to states, allowing the redistricting process to begin. Later in the day, Idaho’s Legislative Services Office sent out spreadsheets with information on population changes by Idaho county, city, legislative district, and congressional district from 2010 and 2020. The documentsContinue reading “No surprise: Census numbers show Idaho growth concentrated in a few areas”

Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise attorney Terri Pickens Manweiler announced her intent Wednesday to join the 2022 race for the open lieutenant governor’s seat in Idaho.  Pickens Manweiler, a Democrat, is the only member of her party to join the race so far, while the Republican race has three candidates.  She made the announcementContinue reading “Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says”

Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The state now has a timeline for redistricting, and is already bracing for legal challenges and a cramped schedule.  Idaho and other US states go through a redistricting process after the US Census every ten years to make sure legislative and congressional districts have roughly proportional populations. Changing the mapsContinue reading “Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline”

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”

Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports After announcing the launch of a new ballot initiative last week, Reclaim Idaho had to backtrack the next day and tell volunteers to pause their signature collection drive. The organization announced in a press release Thursday that they would begin collecting signatures, but it turns out the initiative wasn’t eligibleContinue reading “Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start”

Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The top lawmaker in the Idaho House of Representatives is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for lieutenant governor. Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, announced his campaign for the second-highest executive post at the state capitol on Thursday. “I’m the only candidate in the race who has testedContinue reading “Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race”

Giddings running for lieutenant governor

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Rep. Priscilla Giddings announced Friday she is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Giddings, who was first elected to the Idaho House in 2014, cited her service in the US Air Force and her 100 percent rating from the Idaho Freedom Foundation in her announcement. She also referencedContinue reading “Giddings running for lieutenant governor”

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 Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Note: 2020 election results used in this analysis are unofficial. State law requires that results be canvassed and certified by counties within 10 days of the general election (Nov. 13) and by the state within 15 days (Nov. 18). The 2020 general election saw remarkably high turnout in Idaho, withContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout”