Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight

by Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Idaho legislature after a lengthy public dispute regarding control of first floor office space in the Idaho statehouse. In 2018, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and then-President Pro Tempore of the Senate Brent Hill wrote to then-Idaho State TreasurerContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight”

House committee considers formalizing gallery rules

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports A proposed House rule change is continuing the debate over safety versus political expression. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee introduced a resolution last Friday that would incorporate decorum guidelines for the chamber gallery and committee rooms into the House rules. The proposal was presented by committee chairman Rep.Continue reading “House committee considers formalizing gallery rules”

Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday afternoon, the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee budgeted the last of the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding Idaho received in the spring.  Alex Adams, CFAC chairman and administrator of the Division of Financial Management, said the proposals are meant to bridge Idaho’s continued needs with what isn’t coveredContinue reading “Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds”

Speaker Bedke survives challenge; Winder new Senate Pro Tem

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lawmakers have elected their leaders for the next two years. Every member of the House majority leadership team survived challenges. House Speaker Scott Bedke, who was first elected speaker in December 2012, fended off Rep. Wendy Horman for the position. Majority Leader Mike Moyle, who has held the position sinceContinue reading “Speaker Bedke survives challenge; Winder new Senate Pro Tem”

Boyle to run for House Majority Leader

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is running for House Majority Leader, challenging Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, for the position he’s held for 14 years. Boyle, currently the House Agricultural Affairs Committee chair, was first elected to the legislature in 2008. She said she considers Moyle a friend, but believes it’s timeContinue reading “Boyle to run for House Majority Leader”

No shakeups in District 5 legislative results

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow) has defended his seat against former Republican senator Dan Foreman, who held the position from 2016 to 2018, although with a much tighter margin than in their previous contest. Republican candidates in District 5 held large leads early in the night, until Latah County absentee ballotContinue reading “No shakeups in District 5 legislative results”

Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One indicator of how well a lawmaker represents their constituents: How comfortably they won a challenged race.  I took a look at legislative candidates who won with highest percentage of votes in R vs D races. I skipped races with only independent and third party challengers, as those candidates generallyContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins”

35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On election night, 68% of Idaho voters decided in favor of setting the number of state legislative districts at 35 before the 2021 redistricting process. If voters had rejected constitutional amendment HJR 4, the decision on how many districts to create would have been left to the redistricting commission. SinceContinue reading “35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters”

Idaho GOP picks up two House seats

by Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Two years after losing in Districts 15 and 29, Republican challengers have regained control of two of those seats. After winning reelection by only six votes in 2018, District 15 Sen. Fred Martin has defeated Democratic challenger Rick Just by over 1,200 votes. For seat B in District 15, RepublicanContinue reading “Idaho GOP picks up two House seats”

Election Night Preview: Statewide legislative races to watch

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Let’s not kid ourselves. On Tuesday night, all eyes will be on the presidential race. (Ours will be, too — as viewers, not as reporters.) But as you’re waiting for those results, don’t forget Idaho’s legislative and congressional races. Throughout the evening and the next morning, the Idaho Reports teamContinue reading “Election Night Preview: Statewide legislative races to watch”