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”

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”

Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Tuesday was a bad night for incumbents. In the Idaho Legislature, 18 incumbents lost their Republican primary races, as did two House members who were attempting to move to the Senate. That list includes four lawmakers who lost to fellow incumbents who ended up in the same district. Of theContinue reading “Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents”

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”

Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this summer, as a leaked draft opinion indicates, a trigger law banning nearly all abortions in Idaho wouldn’t be the end of the conversation about abortion and reproductive health in Idaho. Rep. Brent Crane, current chairman of the House StateContinue reading “Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet”

What Does A “Post-Roe” Idaho Look Like?

On Monday night, Politico published a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade, revealing that the court is poised to strike down the landmark decision that guaranteed abortion access. Should the court overturn Roe v Wade, Idaho has a trigger law in place that would criminalize nearly allContinue reading “What Does A “Post-Roe” Idaho Look Like?”

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”