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Anti-government activist Bundy issues Idaho campaign videos

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for governor because I’m sick and tired of all of this political garbage just like you are,” Bundy…

Judge dismisses Washington governor recall petition

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have said a petition that was filed last month to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed this week. The governor’s office said Wednesday that a…

Idaho on pace for record $800 million budget surplus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho could finish the fiscal year at the end of June with a record budget surplus of $800 million, Gov. Brad Little announced Wednesday. The Republican governor said he will advocate for additional tax cuts along…

Legislation would prohibit marijuana advertising in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit commercial advertising for marijuana in Idaho, a move that could potentially stymie ballot initiatives to legalize the drug in the state. The Senate voted 21-14 to send…

State Legislature adjourns 105-day session, OKs $59B budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers adjourned their legislative session Sunday after giving final approval to a two-year state budget, a new capital gains tax and a low-carbon fuel standard. As was the case for the entirety of the 105-day…

Rep. Herrera Beutler censured over Trump impeachment vote

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Members of Washington’s Clark County Republican party voted this week to formally censure Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Battle Ground, over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. In a rowdy gathering at a church…

Sugary drinks targeted in new Washington state tax proposal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A tax proposal under debate by Washington state lawmakers could raise the price of soda, juice and sweetened coffee drinks. A state Senate bill would charge beverage distributors 1.75 cents for every ounce of a sweetened…

Senate makes another try to trim governor’s emergency powers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday initiated another shot at trimming an Idaho governor’s power during an emergency event that threatens residents’ lives such as the pandemic. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to introduce a bill that is…

Idaho power struggle appears to tilt away from Legislature

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attempts by the Republican-dominated Legislature to wrest power from GOP Gov. Brad Little when it comes to emergency declarations during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic appeared to take a hit Thursday. The Idaho attorney general’s…