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This GOP primary debate for Idaho governor is so bonkers, we don’t know where to start

“Folks, you have a choice: A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker or a normal guy. Take your pick.” That is what Harley Brown, a Republican candidate for governor, told the people of Idaho during a primary debate on Wednesday evening — and it’s an entirely apt description of the situation.…

Federal judge denies Idaho governor’s bid to stay same-sex marriage ruling

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A federal judge who struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional denied a bid by the conservative state’s governor on Wednesday for a stay of the decision while Idaho pursues an appeal of the case. The governor, Republican C.L. “Butch” Otter,…

Idaho Republicans kill bill designed to protect kids from ‘faith healing’ deaths

Republican legislators in Idaho struck down a proposed law aimed at preventing the deaths of children whose parents eschew medical treatment in favor of prayer. Boise’s KBOI reported on announcement by state House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rich Wills (R), who said that House Speaker Scott Bedke (R) said there is…

Idaho Republicans consider ousting colleague who pleaded guilty to rape charges

On Tuesday, an Idaho state senator called on his colleague to resign when it came to light that the fellow state lawmaker entered a guilty plea to rape charges in 1974. The Associated Press reported that state Sen. Fred Martin (R-Boise) called on state Rep. Mark Patterson (R) to step…

Idaho lawmaker still allowed to carry concealed weapon despite lying about pleading guilty to rape

An Idaho lawmaker who had his concealed weapon permit revoked for lying about a long-ago guilty plea to rape can still legally carry a gun because his state exempts elected officials from the permit law. State Rep. Mark Patterson (R-Boise) had his permit revoked after the Ada County sheriff discovered…

Sequestration threatens U.S. flood-warning system

Oregon and Idaho each had to shut down three water gauges due to automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. Watch how Idaho relies on these water gauges, from tracking drought conditions to determining stream levels for salmon. Video by Seth Ogilvie/Idaho Public…  …

Idaho kills forced ultrasound bill

Idaho’s controversial forced ultrasound bill was killed Tuesday evening after a House committee chairman declined to hold a hearing on the bill, just days after its Senate passed the legislation. According to The Spokesman-Review, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher (R) felt that the bill could lead to a…

Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.” Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted…

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