15 hrs ago
Edit: Ombudsman Stands By Her Guv
Idaho's new public records ombudswoman grounded into a double play her first time up.
22 hrs ago
Immigrant Kids In Idaho, Guv Upset
Eight migrant children from Central America apprehended at the Mexican border already have been sent to Idaho, according to a U.S. Health & Human Services Report quoted late yesterday by the Associated Press, though they've gone to sponsors, not to state custody; that means they've been taken in by relatives, family friends or foster parents.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Two new Idaho GOP chair hopefuls emerge in two days
Two new candidates for Idaho Republican Party chairman have emerged in the past two days: Cassia County Republican Chairman Douglas Pickett, and former Dick Cheney aide and three-year Idaho Falls resident Steve Yates.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Idaho No Dumping Ground -- Otter
A letter sent by Gov. Butch Otter to Dear Director Rodriguez, Secretary Johnson, and Secretary Burwell re: immigration problem: As Governor, I want to immediately eliminate the chance of the federal government using Idaho as a destination or a staging area for the influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants entering the United States through our ... (more)
Editorial: Supreme Court best avenue to decide dueling ACA rulings - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 PST
A split decision in federal courts doesn't mean a technical knockout for the Affordable Care Act, but it does set up more rounds of counterproductive sparring.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
Ed Board: Guv Passes Over Goedde
Among those Gov. Butch Otter passed over for the two recent state Board of Education openings, to whom he appointed David Hill and Debbie Critchfield: Outgoing Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene; former Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma; Trudy Anderson, a retired associate vice president from the University of Idaho; and more.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Craven to retire, Otter names new Pardons & Parole chief
Olivia Craven, executive director of the state Commission of Pardons and Parole since 1984, is retiring in mid-August, and today Gov. Butch Otter named her replacement: Sandy Jones, who now heads up jail re-entry programs and alternative sentencing for the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Balukoff offers 3-1 match for donors to his campaign against Otter
A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is matching contributions to his campaign by putting in $3 for every $1 donated this month, Idaho Statesman political columnist Dan Popkey reports today.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Otter taps Hill and Critchfield for state Board of Education openings
Gov. Butch Otter announced his choices for two openings of the state Board of Education today: David Hill of Boise, retired executive vice president of the Battelle Energy Alliance and deputy director for science and technology at the Idaho National Laboratory; and Debbie Critchfield of Oakley, a former member and chairman of the Cassia County ... (more)
Harley Brown To Be Reality TV Star?
At the infamous May 15 Idaho GOP gubernatorial debate, Harley Brown, far left, Walt Byers, center, and Gov. Butch Otter listen to a question posed by a panelist.
Retired Justice Walters filling in as Idaho SupCourt Justice Warren...
Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren Jones is still being treated at a Utah hospital after taking ill June 6, just before the court was to hear oral arguments in Twin Falls, Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports this morning; Jones, 70, plans to return to Boise July 25, but his return to duty on the court has not been set.
Andrus recovering after cancer surgery - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 PST
Doctors removed part of the right lung of former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus earlier this month after finding a malignant tumor.
Politically divisive Export-Import Bank gains support of Inslee, Otter - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 PST
Govs. Jay Inslee and Butch Otter signed on to a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but the owner of a Palouse company sometimes listed as a beneficiary of the institution says the United States should let it go out of business.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Idaho Lottery celebrates 25th year with record dividend to state of $49M
The Idaho Lottery celebrated its 25th year today by presenting a record dividend to the state of Idaho the 11th straight year it's set a record.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
When a past Idaho governor wanted his own state party chairman, he got him...
Idaho Statesman political columnist Dan Popkey cornered a half-dozen people for video remembrances at former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans' funeral last week, and came up with this interesting anecdote: When Evans, a Democrat, became governor in 1977, he wanted and got his own man as state party chairman.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Former Gov. Evans to lie in state at the Capitol today
Former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans will lie in state at the Capitol today from 1-4 p.m.; his funeral will follow at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
New law requires ITD board to review 80 mph speeds, but board...
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. BOISE - Idaho's new 80 mph speed limit law specifically requires that the state Transportation Board approve any speed limit boosts under the new law - the bill repeated that requirement four times - but the board delegated the matter to its staff and hadn't planned to ... (more)
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Most Idahoans want roads fixed; fewer support options that could pay...
Most Idahoans believe Idaho's roads and bridges need big fixes or they'll fail in the next 10 years, according to a new University of Idaho survey.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
Former Idaho Gov. John Evans dies at 89 - Tue, 08 Jul 2014 PST
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. BOISE - Former Idaho Gov. John Evans, a Democrat who served from 1977 to 1987 and was a highly successful governor in tough times, died Tuesday at age 89. His hallmark was openness - anyone who wanted to get in to see the governor could - and he pioneered the "Capital for ... (more)
RNC counsel: Whoever is elected Idaho GOP chairman at Aug. 2 meeting...
John R. Phillippe Jr., chief counsel for the Republican National Committee, has sent a memo headed "Update on Idaho GOP Chairmanship Vacancy" to RNC Chairman Rance Priebus, saying the Idaho Republican Party's central committee meeting on Aug. 2 will fill the vacancy for state party chairman, and will comply with party rules.