Justice Bevan selected as new Idaho Supreme Court chief justice

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Starting January 1, the Idaho Supreme Court will have a new chief justice. Justice G. Richard Bevan has been elected as the new chief justice by his colleagues. Current Chief Justice Roger Burdick will continue to serve as an associate justice after his term ends on Dec. 31. Chief justicesContinue reading “Justice Bevan selected as new Idaho Supreme Court chief justice”

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”

Election Night Preview: Ada and Canyon Counties

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Idaho’s two largest counties make up nearly 40% of the state’s population, but rarely offer much excitement in legislative races on election night.  Why would Ada and Canyon counties not create more election headlines? Simply put, there are very few swing districts in these two counties.  Looking at election results fromContinue reading “Election Night Preview: Ada and Canyon Counties”

State deploying emergency poll workers to multiple counties

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The state is deploying emergency poll workers today to counties that anticipate shortages. Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck wouldn’t disclose which counties requested help, saying he didn’t want concerns over shortages or COVID-19 to suppress voter turnout. That information will be available after the election, he said. LastContinue reading “State deploying emergency poll workers to multiple counties”

Election workers in Kootenai, Canyon test positive for COVID-19

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One early voting site in Canyon County has had multiple workers test positive for COVID-19, and a positive test in Kootenai County’s office forced other election workers to quarantine. Joe Decker, public information officer for Canyon County, said there are four confirmed positives among poll workers who worked at theContinue reading “Election workers in Kootenai, Canyon test positive for COVID-19”

Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During Monday’s press conference at which Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will roll back to Stage 3, Dr. Joshua Kern of St. Luke’s Magic Valley mentioned the possibility of rationing care if already overburdened hospitals continue to see an influx of patients. Is Idaho there yet? No. But it’s notContinue reading “Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility”

The Idaho Reports blog has a new home

Welcome to the new Idaho Reports blog. Here, you’ll find more frequent updates and links to web extras. We switched platforms to give us a little more flexibility with our reporting, and we’re excited for the possibilities. If you’re looking for old posts from 2013-early 2020, visit our archived site. And remember to update yourContinue reading “The Idaho Reports blog has a new home”