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Jeers: Toryanski Helped Denney Win

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune Jeers … former Idaho state Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise: “Because of him, you're about to risk entrusting the integrity of Idaho's elections and campaign finance reform laws to former House Speaker Lawerence (Boss) Denney - a man known for extreme partisanship and ethical lapses. Only 37 percent of Idaho Republicans thought Denney fit for higher office. But in a four-way race for secretary of state, it was good enough to win the GOP nomination. Everyone could see this train wreck coming. Unable to win, Toryanski could bleed off enough Treasure Valley votes from deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane to hand the nomination to Denney. Yet Toryanski waved off every entreaty to quit. As predicted, Toryanski came in last Tuesday, but his nearly 21,600 votes came at McGrane's expense. Now all that stands between Denney and the keys to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa's office is the Democratic nominee - freshman Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: She may be a long shot by Rep. Woodings already has my vote. How about you?

McGrane Seeks Sec Of State Office

If Phil McGrane has his way, Idaho's next secretary of state is going to be young. The 33-year-old Boise Republican - an attorney and current chief deputy clerk in Ada County - is seeking the secretary of state post in his first political campaign. “One of the great things about doing that job is you always get to fight for what's the right thing,” McGrane said Monday in a meeting with The Press' editorial board. As chief deputy clerk in Ada County, he oversees all aspects of the office, which has 140 deputy clerks and a $9.7 million budget. For the clerk's office, he oversees four divisions: the courts, auditors, recorder and elections. He said he has spent much of the past eight years counting ballots, coordinating poll workers, and securing the right to vote in Idaho's most populated county/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Who's your choice at this point among the GOP secretary of state candidates?

Frasure Begins Sec Of State Run

(Former Idaho senator Evan) Frasure acknowledged that he’s in a crowded race – announced GOP candidates for Secretary of State so far also include Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale; former Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise; and Chief Deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane. But he said he likes his chances. Frasure, a former redistricting commissioner, said by his calculations, 43 percent of the Republican primary vote comes from east of Boise, a third comes from Ada and Canyon counties, and 24 percent comes from north of Boise/Betsy Russell (pictured), Eye on Boise. More here.

Other Eye on Boise stories today:

Question: At this point, which one of the Republican candidates for secretary of state do you favor?

State: CdA Right Re: Recall Deadline

Petitioners gathering signatures to springboard a recall election on four Coeur d'Alene incumbents will have less than 75 days to collect enough autographs to make that happen. That's the verdict after the Secretary of State's office reversed its initial interpretation of statutes that govern the process. The 75-day timeline to gather signatures includes the 15 business days the Kootenai County Clerk's office will have to certify them, the Secretary of State's office wrote Wednesday in a letter to Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers. That means the city had been correct all along, and the 15-day certification time frame has to be factored into the 75-day window - not added to it/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (City of Coeur d'Alene photo: Susan Weathers)

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