Trial begins for former Idaho lawmaker accused of rape

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The trial for a former Idaho lawmaker accused of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern began Tuesday with a prosecutor telling jurors the case was about power imbalances and the defense saying the sex was consensual. Aaron…

Idaho lawmaker posts meme appearing to advocate violence

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A far-right Idaho Republican lawmaker has posted a meme on Twitter appearing to advocate violence against journalists, educators, conservationists, the state’s largest university and other organizations ahead of an upcoming election in November. Rep. Tammy Nichols…

Ethics hearing: Idaho lawmaker accused of rape pleads Fifth

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker facing rape allegations from a 19-year-old intern refused to answer some questions during a legislative ethics hearing Wednesday after his attorney told him to invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination. A committee will…

Supporters of lawmaker in rape complaint name his accuser

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When rape allegations surfaced against a Republican state lawmaker in deep-red Idaho, some rushed to support him — in part by publicly releasing the name of his accuser. Another lawmaker, some far-right blogs and others also…

Ethics panel to investigate rape complaint on Lewiston lawmaker

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative ethics committee is investigating a rape complaint made against an Idaho state lawmaker. Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, a freshman Republican from Lewiston, denied the allegation in a statement to The Lewiston Tribune on Friday.…

Democrats demand reprimand of GOP Rep. Matt Shea

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Democrats in the state House of Representatives are demanding that conservative Republican Rep. Matt Shea be publicly reprimanded for extremist activities.The Democrats sent a letter Friday to House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, also demanding that Shea, of Spokane Valley, be removed as the top Republican on the House Committee on Environment and Energy.

Republicans to review Rep. Matt Shea's actions after session

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Republicans in the state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of controversial state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, after the current legislative session ends.Shea has been dogged this week by the release of text messages from 2017 in which he appeared to condone surveillance and even violence against political enemies.

Idaho House leader secretly records meetings

An Idaho House leader set up a security camera in his legislative office to record meetings with fellow lawmakers, lobbyists and constituents.  He says it's in response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations erupting across the country.