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