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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018

In this Thursday, March 1, 2018 photo, Idaho Republican state Rep. Priscilla Giddings sits at the Capitol in Boise. The Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to send in submissions for her "fake news awards" during the legislative session. Officials at all levels of government are now using the term "fake news" as a weapon against unflattering stories and information that can tarnish their images. Experts on the press and democracy say the cries of “fake news” could do long-term damage by sowing confusion and contempt for journalists, and by undermining the media’s role as a watchdog on government and politicians. (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

'Fake news' smear takes hold among politicians at all levels

An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her "fake news awards." The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss receiving donations from employees of a company...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2018

Idaho officials pitch health care plan to federal officials

Idaho officials pitched the state's plan for health care to federal officials, making a case to allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron met with top federal health care officials last weekend...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21, 2018

SUNDAY, FEB. 4, 2018

FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018

TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 26, 2018

Rep. Priscilla Giddings (State of Idaho)

Tax issues unresolved for Giddings...

The Ada County Assessor’s Office is still awaiting a response from Idaho Rep. Priscilla Giddings as to why the White Bird Republican deserved the $1,200 tax break she received in 2016. The office sent Giddings a “notice of intent” last November, saying it intends to collect back taxes after she erroneously received a homeowner’s exemption...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2018

TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

Sunday column: Truck fees, BSU survey...

Here’s a link to my full Sunday column, which reports on the Legislature’s hemming and hawing over truck registration fees – still not addressed, despite 2015 legislation declaring it was the “intent of the Legislature” to impose a new registration fee on commercial trucks to...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

Balukoff calls for grocery tax repeal

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff called yesterday for the Legislature to introduce legislation to repeal Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. “The state is balancing its budget on the backs of working Idahoans every time they go to the grocery store and it’s time...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2018

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