Indigenous and Female: A New Gubernatorial Candidate is Making History

Five months ago, when she announced her candidacy, many did not know who she was outside Northern Idaho, tribal, and political circles. Today, she is the fresh face of a tidal wave as Americans are dumping Trump Republicans for a progressive change.

Paulette, one of the few Natives at the rally, is a Member of Idaho House of Representatives and is a member of the Coeur D'Alene tribe.

A fierce sense of urgency prompted Paulette Jordan to run for governor of Idaho. Her brazen approach worked with her Democratic primary run last Tuesday, May 15th. It will be a first on two levels if she wins in November—as a female governor and as an Indigenous tribal member. Jordan belongs to the Schitsu’umsh, Coeur d’Alene Nation. Schitsu’umsh


State Of Emergency Declared As Massive Wildfires Spread Across 5 States

Four other states also fighting massive blazes, including drought-stricken California.

U.S. Forest Service emergency workers in Washington state cut brush as wildfires rage near residential areas. (Photo: AP)

Three firefighters were killed this week and President Barack Obama on Friday issued an emergency order over wildfires raging through central Washington state. Emergency workers from Australia and New Zealand have been flown in to help the crews currently fighting blazes in five states, including Washington, California, Montana, Idaho, and


Judge Rules Idaho ‘Ag Gag’ Law Banning Filming Of Animal Abuse Illegal

Idaho lawmakers approved the law in 2014 after the state’s $2.5 billion dairy industry complained that videos of cows being abused at a southern Idaho dairy filmed in 2012 unfairly hurt their business.

BOISE - A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Monday the law violates the First Amendment. A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state more than a year ago,


Idaho Ag-gag Bill Bans Filming Inside Farms After Abuse Video Surfaces

The bill’s sponsor, Idaho state Sen. Jim Patrick, a Republican from Twin Falls, claimed the bill was crafted in response to a video showing animal rights abuses at a Bettencourt, Idaho, farm that supplies Burger King meat.

BOISE, Idaho --- According to emails obtained through an open records request, a dairy industry lobbyist was allowed to directly craft what would ultimately become Idaho’s “ag-gag” bill -- the latest in a series of state laws that seek to prevent animal rights activists from exposing the abuses of industrial agriculture. The bill’s sponsor,


Idaho Police Shoot Pregnant Woman In Stomach With AR-15

The department has cleared its officers “of any criminal wrongdoing,” claiming that they followed all proper procedures when they chose to use an AR-15 assault rifle on the mentally ill, pregnant woman who was holding a knife outside of the hospital.

The dashboard and body camera footage has now been released in the fatal shooting of Jeanetta Riley. Riley, 35, was shot and killed by Sandpoint, Idaho police after they were called to a hospital where she had been treated for mental health problems. The department has cleared its officers “of any criminal wrongdoing,” claiming that they


Coalition Wages Legal Challenge To Idaho’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

‘The Idaho law is deeply distressing because it is aimed entirely at protecting an industry, especially in its worst practices that endanger people, at the expense of freedom of speech.’

A Pilgrim's Pride contract chicken farm full of three-week-old chicks just outside the city limits of Pittsburg, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A diverse coalition filed a federal lawsuit on Monday to overturn Idaho's recently enacted 'ag-gag' law — legislation critics say makes 'documenting cruelty the crime, rather than the cruelty itself.' Signed by Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter at the end of last month, the law criminalizes those who secretly document abuse of animals at