Local Politics

Idaho lawmakers seek options for calling special sessions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers concerned that Republican Gov. Brad Little has too much power following his emergency declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic want a way to reconvene after the regular legislative session has ended. Draft legislation pitched…

Idaho files emergency motion in ballot initiative lawsuit

Idaho officials have filed an emergency motion asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold a court order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot. The request filed late Wednesday says the emergency stay is needed to preserve the integrity of Idaho's ballot initiative laws. The education funding initiative seeks to raise $170 million for K-12 education by raising Idaho’s corporate tax rate and increasing taxes on individuals making $250,000 a year or higher. Initiative backers say Republican Gov. Brad Little's stay-at-home order in March due to the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from collecting signatures.

Idaho may hold traditional elections despite coronavirus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say Idaho residents may vote in person during elections in August and November despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus. The Idaho Statesman reports Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said Idaho plans to…

Governor makes appointment to fill N. Idaho House seat

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed Aaron von Ehlinger to immediately fill a northern Idaho House seat until November's general election. The Republican governor made the appointment Wednesday, one day after von Ehlinger won the Republican…