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FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 2017

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017

Little voluntarily discloses his financial assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is the latest gubernatorial candidate to voluntarily release information on his financial assets. Idaho is one of just two states that don’t require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. Yet the topic has become a key talking point for Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial race after first-time...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, 2017

Little's answer to Labrador's Cruz endorsement: His own endorsement from local leader in Emmett

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s campaign had no comment today on rival Raul Labrador’s endorsement by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial race, but said it would have an endorsement announcement of its own today. It’s out now, and it’s from Gem County Commission chairman and former Emmett mayor Bill Butticci. “It is humbling to have...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2017

Lt. Gov. Little open, Rep. Labrador mum on releasing assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little's campaign says he's open to voluntarily disclosing his assets at some point along the gubernatorial campaign trail, but his staffers aren't saying what Little will hand over or when that might happen. The Associated Press asked Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, both Republican candidates...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2017

Little unveils tax-cut proposals 

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little released a series of tax-cut proposals today that he said he’d enact if he’s elected governor next year – topped by a $350 million cut in Idaho’s personal and corporate income taxes. That big cut would come over time, Little...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2017

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

FILE – Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, right, speaks as Lt. Gov. Brad Little, center, and Tommy Ahlquist, left, listen during an Idaho GOP forum for 2018 candidates for governor in Coeur d’Alene on July 21, 2017. All three are proposing major tax cuts as they seek the open Idaho governor’s seat in 2018. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up 

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP contenders for the post already have raised more than $1.8 million combined for their campaigns. The reports – the first filed since the contest shaped up into a competitive battle between...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

Sun. column: Idaho's political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions...

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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, center, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little, right, talk with folks at Idaho's booth at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 19, 2017.  (Office of Sen. Jim Risch)

Um, so who is governor today?

When the governor is out of state, the lieutenant governor fills in as acting governor. And when both the governor and lieutenant governor are out of state, that duty falls to the president pro-tem of the state Senate. And if the pro-tem also is out...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Idaho businessman vows to cut budget if elected governor 12 

Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist said Tuesday he'll slash $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018. Ahlquist didn't pinpoint what he plans to cut from Idaho's general fund, which totaled roughly $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2018, the AP reports...

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Lt. Col. Jeffery Weak

Otter names new state cybersecurity chief

Gov. Butch Otter today named Jeffery Weak, a veteran U.S. Air Force information technology and cybersecurity officer, to be Idaho’s first state director of information security. The new position, approved by state lawmakers this year, is part of an array of efforts to beef up...

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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

In this Monday, May 18, 2015, file photo Lt. Gov. Brad Little listens to debate at the state Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. If Little wins his bid to be Idaho's next governor in 2018, he'll be the only candidate to have hands-on experience with the job. The two-term Republican has served as acting governor more than 370 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Lt. Gov. Brad Little served as acting governor 373 times 

If Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins his bid to be Idaho's next governor in 2018, he will be the only candidate to already have hands-on experience with the job. The two-term Republican has served as acting governor 373 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009, according to records requested by The Associated Press. Under the...

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Changes at agencies, new faces in campaigns...

From a new state Health & Welfare director to two new parole commissioners to an array of moves among the gubernatorial campaigns and lobbying groups, my Sunday column offers a roundup. Also, Sen. Crapo pushes to extend Secure Rural Schools funding, and 'dozens' turn out for Labrador-for-governor campaign stop in eastern Idaho...

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