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Betsy Z. Russell


Boise, ID, United States

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Recent articles by Betsy:

Rescue plan funds could be key to Idaho affordable housing

Earlier this month, Gov. Brad Little told the Idaho Association of Counties that he finds it heartbreaking that young Idahoans across the state can’t afford housing. → Read More

‘Close call’: Courts could side with Little on lieutenant governor dispute

McGeachin told the Idaho Press on Friday that she believed she had “constitutional authority” to issue her order on testing and vaccines. → Read More

Governor: Idaho 'exploring legal action' against Biden vaccine requirements

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he's working with his legal counsel and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on a possible legal challenge to President Joe Biden's newly announced nationwide vaccine requirements → Read More

State asked to pay $152K for winning side's fees, after losing initiatives lawsuit

Lawmakers opted to hire their own private lawyers, from the prominent Boise law firm of Holland & Hart, in addition to the Idaho Attorney General’s office’s defense. → Read More

PERSI investment chief to retire next year, but his approach likely to persist

When Maynard started at PERSI on Oct. 1, 1992, the system hadn’t been earning the kinds of kudos it’s routinely gotten both in Idaho and nationally for decades now. → Read More

Judge fines McGeachin for 'bad faith' violations of Idaho Public Records Act

The Idaho Press Club sued McGeachin challenging her denial of public records requests from four different Idaho reporters seeking comments made to her task force. → Read More

Idaho Supreme Court overturns restrictive initiative law

The decision restores Idaho's initiative laws to what they were at the start of this year. → Read More

Giddings doubles down, tries campaign fundraising on ethics case

BOISE – After the Idaho House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to censure her and strip her of one of her committee assignments, Rep. Priscilla Giddings has doubled down on her contention that she’s done nothing wrong and is using her ethics case as campaign fundraising fodder in her run for Idaho lieutenant governor. → Read More

Little briefly leaves state, but doesn't authorize McGeachin to act as governor

“Maybe Brad needs to brush up on the Idaho Constitution,” McGeachin wrote, above side-by-side images of Little’s July 29 letter to her notifying her of his trip. → Read More

Gov. Little announces he'll send 5 ISP troopers to southern border

House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, said, “It certainly doesn’t seem to me like a very wise or justifiable use of taxpayer dollars." → Read More

Justices hear arguments on restrictive new Idaho initiative law

The Idaho Supreme Court has just concluded a session of arguments in two lawsuits challenging the state’s new law on how voter initiatives qualify for the ballot. → Read More

Lt. Gov. McGeachin, acting Idaho governor, bans mask mandates

McGeachin is serving as acting governor while Republican Gov. Brad Little is out of state at the Republican Governors Association conference. → Read More

Final bill on Idaho governor's desk likely unconstitutional

The bill was aimed at preventing advocates for an Idaho marijuana initiative from gathering signatures in the parking lots of nearby legal pot shops in Ontario. → Read More

Canyon County extends COVID-19 emergency declaration

Canyon County commissioners voted 2-1 to extend the declaration during a meeting on March 19. → Read More

New Idaho bill fast-tracked to extend state tax filing deadline to May 17

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle said the change in Idaho's deadline would be for this year only to coincide with the new federal deadline. → Read More

Lt. Gov. McGeachin blasts lawmakers after budget cut

In a blistering statement, McGeachin blasted lawmakers and said the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee “chose to kneecap” her office's budget. → Read More

Lt. Gov. McGeachin blasts lawmakers after budget cut

In a blistering statement, McGeachin blasted lawmakers and said the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee “chose to kneecap” her office's budget. → Read More

Legislature again goes after ballot initiative process

The bill, proposed by Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, contains an emergency clause making it effective immediately upon passage. → Read More

Idaho House passes bill limiting governor's emergency powers

One part of the bill limits the governor's emergency declarations to 60 days unless extended by the Legislature. → Read More

Rep. Moyle sidetracks anti-'ballot harvesting' bill amid House opposition

Both House Democrats and Republicans criticized the bill since it would make some of them and their friends and family felons under the new law. → Read More