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When parties step into non-partisan races…

Idaho’s elections last week were all officially non-partisan city races, but there’s growing debate in the state about what role - if any - political parties should play in those contests. In Idaho Falls, where the county GOP central committee endorsed a candidate in the city council election, the move backfired, said county GOP Chairman Damond Watkins. “Ultimately, I believe it hurt the brand of the Republican name - well, we lost, we lost hard, and we’ve divided our base,” he said. Boise State University political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby said he sees a “disturbing trend” toward more partisanship in city elections not only in Idaho, but across the country. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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