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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018



TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018



Statesman names new publisher

The McClatchy Company has named Rebecca Poynter as the new publisher of the Idaho Statesman in Boise. The Idaho Statesman reports Poynter most recently led a group of Michigan newspapers for Gannett Co. She succeeds Debra Leithauser, who left the Idaho Statesman in December to lead the communications department at Idaho Power...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

From left, Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, participate in a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls clash in debate, trade jabs

Idaho's top Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, a four-term congressman, pushed his aggressive economic plan to cut nearly a $1 billion of the state's taxes...

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Instant racing initiative backers accuse tribe of breaking law, 'thuggish and criminal behavior'

A group seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho on Monday accused the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of breaking state law while attempting to deter the success of their petition, adding they have alerted law enforcement officials to investigate. According to Save Idaho Horse Racing, the tribe has offered at least two petitioners cash...

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GOP governor hopefuls debate tonight

Tonight on the “Idaho Debates,” which are broadcast live on Idaho Public Television, the three major Republican candidates for governor of Idaho – Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist – will face off. The debate starts at 8 p.m.; after it airs, it –...

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A change in store for me…

After 26 years with The Spokesman-Review, I will be taking another position on May 7, as the new Boise bureau chief and state capital reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune and Adams Publishing Group, which also owns the Idaho State Journal, the Idaho Falls Post Register,...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018




Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher talks to reporters while waiting election results May 20, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

GOP candidate clarifies abortion claim in campaign ad

GOP congressional candidate Russ Fulcher has clarified his claim in a recent ad that he's passed more "pro-life" legislation than anyone else in Idaho, saying that includes includes voting on bills that may not have become law and bills that may not have been directly related to abortion, the AP reports...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

Fact check: Idaho candidate claims challenger faked serving in the military, but claim is unfounded

In a recent debate for Idaho's lieutenant governor, Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn accused one of his top opponents of faking military service. The three-term state senator on Tuesday said former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates was "pretending" to have a military background in order to woo voters in an already crowded field...

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From left, Betsy Russell, Clark Corbin, host Melissa Davlin, Sen. Cliff Bayer, and Sen. Grant Burgoyne, on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, April 20, 2018. (Idaho Public TV / Troy Shreve)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join host Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the week with Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise; Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise; and reporter Clark Corbin of Idaho EdNews. There also are clips from the two “Idaho Debates”...

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Idaho's jobless rate fell to 2.9% in March

Unemployment in Idaho dipped to 2.9 percent in March, after holding at 3 percent for the previous six months; meanwhile, job growth for the month, compared to the same time a year earlier, showed the fastest growth rate in the nation for second consecutive month,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

From left, Julie Ellsworth, Vicky McIntyre, and Tom Kealey debate during the "Idaho Debates" between the GOP candidates for state treasurer, on Idaho Public TV on Thursday, April 20, 2018. (Idaho Public TV / Aaron Kunz)

Idaho GOP candidates face off in state treasurer debate

Three Republican candidates vying to become Idaho’s next state treasurer traded barbs and defended their backgrounds Thursday during their first and only televised debate. The position is open now that five-term incumbent Treasurer Ron Crane announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. The primary will be held May 15. Julie Ellsworth, a former House...

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 (Betsy Z. Russell)

Candidates prep for state treasurer debate...

The three GOP candidates for Idaho state treasurer, in preparation for tonight's live debate on Idaho Public Television, draw numbers to see who will speak first in the opening and closing statements; from right, they are Julie Ellsworth, Tom Kealey, and Vicky McIntyre. At left...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

Gateway West high-voltage transmission line routes approved

U.S. officials on Wednesday approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid, the AP reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior's approval is for the two final segments of the Gateway West project proposed a decade ago by Idaho Power...

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