Hello, and welcome to Campaign Notebook, where I will be summarizing political developments in the Gem State, and eastern Idaho in particular, every Sunday from now through Election Day.

BOISE — With lots of questions over how people in Idaho will know if they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn announced this week that a single test will be available this fall to test for both.

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little's Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the use of federal CARES Act funds to reimburse the Boise Police Department for providing security during the recent three-day special session of the Idaho Legislature.

With the exception of Pocatello’s District 29, most legislative districts in eastern Idaho are solidly Republican. Districts 34, which covers Madison and northern Bonneville counties, and 35, which covers Butte, Clark, Fremont and Jefferson counties, are the most Republican in the state in g…

While the partisan composition of the Idaho Legislature likely won't look too different next year, there will still be new faces, with turnover due to the May primaries, retirements in some important positions and a handful of legislative seats that could be up for grabs in November.

BOISE — The recent three-day special session of the Idaho Legislature ran up $78,600 in costs for the Idaho State Police alone, with more bills still pending from the Boise Police.

Update: The Senate and House adjourned shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, after the Senate passed House Bill 6, the coronavirus civil immunity bill. The House adjourned last, at 9:18 p.m., ending the special session.

BOISE — The Idaho Legislature met for a second, tumultuous day of its special session Tuesday that started with a lengthy debate on ending the coronavirus emergency and ended with Ammon Bundy’s arrest for refusing to leave a Capitol auditorium.

BOISE — Angry spectators who couldn't get into the Idaho House of Representatives for a special session to deal with the coronavirus pandemic Monday shattered a glass door and rushed into the gallery that had limited seating because of the virus, including at least one person carrying an ass…

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Health officials from across Idaho on Tuesday discussed the role that regional health policy agencies should serve in school re-openings, ahead of a special session of the state Legislature where lawmakers could discuss stripping health districts of certain powers.

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little announced Monday that Idaho will “opt in” to the $300 per week in additional unemployment benefits President Trump has offered states in an executive order and will seek five weeks of benefits retroactive to Aug. 1, but won’t add an additional $100 per week in state …

BOISE — When he said during a legislative hearing Monday that “listening to experts to set policy is an elitist approach” and that he’s “fearful it leads to totalitarianism,” Sen. Steven Thayn didn’t expect his comments to go viral and show up in newscasts about Idaho across the country.