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The longest-running public policy show in the West, Idaho Reports turns a spotlight on the statehouse during the legislative session. Dedicated to political analysis and in-depth reporting from around the state. Subscribe for regular episodes and bonus content on the important issues affecting all Idahoans. © Idaho Public Television | Idaho State Board of Education, an agency of the State of Idaho
 
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For the first time in a decade, the Idaho House of Representatives has a new speaker, and the rest of the lawmakers have their new committee assignments. Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News and Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press break down what that means for Idahoans. Plus, a new chapter in the decades-long effort to clean up historic mining waste…
 
This week, the Idaho Legislature convened in Boise for an organizational session at the state capitol in preparation for the 2023 session. Associate producer Logan Finney spoke with several newly elected members about their experiences transitioning from candidate to legislator, what they learned this week at orientation, and what they expect to se…
 
It’s no surprise that if you’re in rural Idaho and get hurt, it may take a while for first responders to get you to a hospital. But some EMS directors say Idaho’s policies on funding emergency medical services are making it even more difficult for them to help Idahoans. This week, we explore funding for emergency medical services in rural Idaho, an…
 
This week, producer Ruth Brown is joined by Director Lee Flinn of the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline to discuss the state's transition from the existing suicide hotline to the new nationwide crisis number 9-8-8. They discuss the resources available for Idahoans who call the new behavioral health crisis line, the increased call volume seen since the…
 
This week, Betty Richardson, Ken Burgess, and Jaclyn Kettler of Boise State University join Melissa Davlin to break down congressional, statewide and legislative election results. Our panelists look at Tuesday’s election outcome and what those results say about the political climate in Idaho. We’ll also hear from winning statewide candidates about …
 
The race for Idaho governor is a bit different this year, with incumbent Gov. Brad Little refusing to debate while facing challenges from both the left and right. This week, gubernatorial candidates Stephen Heidt and Ammon Bundy sit down to share their visions for Idaho. We also bring you up to speed on the fighters supporting and opposing the cons…
 
This week, Logan Finney is joined by Margie Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, to discuss Hispanic voter outreach in Idaho, recent improvements and difficulties in that arena, and where Latino Idahoans can find election resources and assistance at polls. Visit https://contamosidaho.org/ for more bilingual vote…
 
When people think of politicians and elections, they're not usually thinking of a judge in a courtroom -- but the Idaho Constitution stipulates that judges shall be elected in the state. Jeff Brudie, interim executive director of the Idaho Judicial Council, joins Logan Finney this week to discuss the judicial elections that Idahoans will see on thi…
 
You know you’re voting for lawmakers and state offices - but what about the constitution? This week, Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder and House Assistant Minority Leader Lauren Necochea talk about the constitutional amendment that, if passed, would allow the Legislature to call itself back into session. Legislators have wanted that power for y…
 
Republican Brandon Woolf is running for his third term as Idaho Controller. His opponents, Democratic party candidate Dianna David and Constitution party candidate, Miste Gardner, didn’t respond to invitations from Idaho Public Television to submit materials for consideration for The Idaho Debates. Woolf sat down with Idaho Reports on Oct. 20.…
 
Republican Phil McGrane is running for his first term as Idaho Secretary of State. His opponent, Democrat Shawn Keenan, didn’t respond to an invitation from Idaho Public Television to submit materials for consideration for The Idaho Debates. McGrane spoke with Idaho Reports on Oct. 20.Oleh Idaho Public Television
 
Top of the ticket races get the most coverage in any given election cycle, but those elected in down-ticket legislative and local races also make critical decisions that affect the everyday lives of Idahoans. Dr. Jaclyn Kettler of Boise State University’s School of Public Service joins Melissa Davlin this week to discuss some of this year’s hot leg…
 
This week, we sit down with Kaylee Peterson, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Russ Fulcher in the First Congressional District, and Wendy Norman, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson in the Second Congressional District. Both Democrats, Peterson and Norman did not have the chance to debate this election cycle because the incumbent candid…
 
Stephen Miller from the University of Idaho College of Law joins Logan Finney this week to discuss Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency.This case was the first of the high court's new term and was heard last Monday. It begins with the Sacketts, who are a couple that purchased a piece of property in 2004 near Priest Lake, Idaho, in the norther…
 
It’s been a busy summer for abortion law in Idaho – and the election is just a month away. Dr. Stephanie Witt of Boise State University and former U.S. Attorney for Idaho Bart Davis join Melissa Davlin to discuss this week’s election debates. Then, Sen. Melissa Wintrow and House Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma sit down with Ruth Brown to discu…
 
Candidates for Idaho’s seat in the U.S. Senate debate ahead of the November 8th general election. Incumbent Mike Crapo and challengers David Roth and Scott Cleveland answer questions from Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press, Margaret Carmel of BoiseDev.com, and Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun, moderated by Melissa Davlin. The Idaho Debates is a …
 
Candidates for Idaho Attorney General debate ahead of the November 8th general election. Raúl Labrador and Tom Arkoosh answer questions from Kelcie Moseley-Morris of the Idaho Capital Sun and Jake Garcia of KIVI, moderated by Melissa Davlin.The Idaho Debates is a collaborative effort among the Idaho Press Club, Boise State University’s School of Pu…
 
Late last week, general counsel for the University of Idaho sent an email to all employees advising them not discuss, promote, or make referrals for abortion or birth control, lest they run afoul of the No Public Funds For Abortion Act, a state law passed in 2021 that prohibits the use of public assets or employees to promote or provide abortion se…
 
On Tuesday morning, the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners approved $6 million for a Minidoka County property and $17.2 million for construction costs for the University of Idaho's Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The planned facility would be the largest research dairy in the United States. Mark McGuire, Director of the Idaho…
 
For the past several days the air quality in Idaho has been deemed “seriously unhealthy,” “unhealthy” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” across the state. The EPA issued “hazardous” air warnings for some areas. Some Idaho high schools canceled outdoor sporting events due to poor air quality.Mike Toole from the Idaho Department of Environmental Qua…
 
Last Thursday, the Idaho Legislature convened in a one-day special session to pass a wide-ranging bill with $500 million in one-time tax rebates, $150 million in ongoing tax cuts, and more than $400 million in ongoing education spending.Miguel Legarreta, president of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, joins the podcast this week to breaks down the …
 
$500 million in tax rebates, $150 million in ongoing tax cuts, and more than $400 million in ongoing education spending. It took just ten hours to pass a wide-ranging bill with a historic price tag attached, and while the overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted yes, we heard a lot of misgivings about the bill, and the process. We’ll break down how…
 
This week, Gov. Brad Little announced he is calling a special legislative session for September 1. The governor has proposed a wide-ranging piece of legislation that would provide record-setting tax cuts and investments in education. Alex Adams, the administrator for the Division of Financial Management, joins Melissa Davlin to discuss the proposal…
 
Ruth Brown is joined this week by Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press to discuss drafting disputes surrounding the tax effects of an education proposition set to be on the November ballot. Read the full story here: https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/claims-unfounded-why-school-funding-initiative-wouldnt-have-higher-than-advertised-price-tag/article…
 
Idaho Voices for Children director Christine Tiddens joins Melissa Davlin to talk about the new KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual report that examines child wellbeing state-by-state in four indicator categories. This year's report shows that mental health challenges are still a struggle for Idaho youth, despite overall improvements over the past deca…
 
COVID-19 numbers are again creeping up in Idaho and across the country, with test positivity rates above 15% in many parts of the state. Public Information Officer Katherine Hoyer from the Panhandle Health District joins Melissa Davlin to discuss the current COVID-19 wave, how it's different than previous ones, and how hospitals are coping.…
 
Far-right gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy and his associate Diego Rodriguez did not appear in court Tuesday after failing to cooperate in a lawsuit filed by the state’s largest hospital system.Audrey Dutton of the Idaho Capital Sun joins Ruth Brown to discuss the origins of the case and the latest developments in court. St. Luke’s Health System…
 
Long-term construction projects are nothing new to Idaho residents, especially those who drive mountain roads where road engineering is a bit more complex. And the risk of rock slides makes competent engineering all the more critical. Earlier this week, Margaret Carmel and Autumn Robertson of BoiseDev.com released the results of a six-month investi…
 
Homeowners across the state of Idaho started receiving their property assessments last week, once again reigniting the state's conversation on property taxes. Mayor Dan Johnson of Lewiston, who is a state senator, and Mayor Kevin England of Chubbuck, who is the president of the Association of Idaho Cities, join Logan Finney this week to discuss ris…
 
This week, Rachel Cohen of Boise State Public Radio joins Logan Finney to discuss a proposed wind farm in south-central Idaho that, if constructed, would be the largest wind facility in the state. As the federal government pushes for more domestic renewable energy production, Idahoans are mixed on supporting clean energy and job creation while voic…
 
About a week after the May primary election, the Idaho Secretary of State's office announced a group of eight counties that would be examined in the first post-election integrity audit conducted by the state under a new law passed this legislative session. This week, elections directors Helena Welling from Bonneville County and Cy Lootens from Jero…
 
Idaho Reports is the longest-running public policy show in the West, and we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year! Many of the debates at the statehouse have stayed the same over the past five decades, but a lot has changed. Plus, Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, and Chief Deputy Secretary of State C…
 
News of a shooting this week at an elementary school in Uvalde, TX has drawn reactions across the country and the state, including protests by high school students in Boise. Following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL in 2018, Idaho Reports talked to students protesting gun violence at the statehouse, then hosted a r…
 
The dust settles after a long-fought primary that divided conservatives and drew national attention. Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press, Kevin Richert of Idaho Ed News, former Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, and Rep. Jason Monks discuss the factors behind Tuesday night’s wins and losses, including the seismic turnover in the Idaho House and Senate and…
 
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