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RNC counsel: Whoever is elected Idaho GOP chairman at Aug. 2 meeting will be ‘full voting member’ of RNC

John R. Phillippe Jr., chief counsel for the Republican National Committee, has sent a memo headed “Update on Idaho GOP…

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Eye on Boise: Idaho Senator Hill donates to rival campaign fund

BOISE – A week after this year’s primary election, Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, did something rather unusual: He made a $300 donation to his GOP primary opponent’s campaign. That made Hill the biggest donor to challenger Scott Smith’s campaign other than Smith himself. Hill, a seventh-term senator and retired CPA, defeated Smith 77.1 percent to 22.9 percent in the primary. Smith raised $1,484 for his campaign, including more than $600 of his own money. Hill raised $45,283 in campaign funds since Jan. 1, spent $24,630, and has $35,531 in his campaign fund; his expenditures included multiple contributions to other GOP campaigns. Read more

Risch, Simpson chime in with Otter’s call for Aug. 2 Idaho GOP meeting on leadership

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch and 2nd District GOP Congressman Mike Simpson have now chimed in with Gov. Butch…

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Otter calls Peterson statement ‘a welcome sign, because they were all calling on me to stay out of it earlier’

Asked today about embattled GOP Chairman Barry Peterson’s announcement yesterday that “one phone call from Gov. Otter is all…

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Otter rips Balukoff over Hobby Lobby ruling, Balukoff responds

In addition to the official statement Gov. Butch Otter sent out yesterday lauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling…

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Ringo: Hobby Lobby ruling ‘extremely disturbing,’ saw no corporations at church on Sunday

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, who is running against 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, had this statement today on…

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Peterson says ‘one phone call’ from Otter and he’ll agree to new GOP central committee meeting date

Embattled Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson is calling for both sides in the rift in the party to agree…

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Labrador: Hobby Lobby ruling ‘tremendous victory for religious freedom’

1st District Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision today a…

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Catching up on the news…

Catching up on some of the news I missed while off last week, it’s striking how the big political…

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Spin Control: Defining ‘infrequent’ proves challenging for legislators

OLYMPIA – The biggest challenge for this period between sessions – or at least the biggest one after persuading the state Supreme Court not to slap the Legislature for ignoring a fairly plain order on school funding – may be to define the word “infrequent.” As in “legislators may accept complimentary legislative business meals on infrequent occasions,” which is what their Ethics Code says. Read more

Eye on Boise: Former GOP Chairman Peterson confirms Thorpe’s exit

BOISE – Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed Friday that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and that party executive director Trevor Thorpe is no longer with the party. That leaves just finance chief and office staffer Mary Tipps, who started a month ago, on the state party’s paid staff. “The staff is composed of two, and three or four volunteers,” Peterson said. “And Trevor is going to pursue his master’s degree. Two weeks ago or maybe even three weeks ago, he told me that within a week or so of the convention, he wanted to head out for his master’s degree, so that did happen.” Read more

Senator Sam Guess did things his way for 24 years

Thousands of motorists crossing the Spokane River on Division Street each day probably pay scant attention to the sign that marks the span as the Senator Sam C. Guess Memorial Bridge. Among those who notice, many probably wonder, “Sam who?” Senator Sam, as he was often called, was a tall, rangy man with close-cropped hair and a Mississippi drawl that made one think of grits for breakfast and sweet tea on the veranda in the afternoon. The drawl surprised some Spokane newcomers the first time they heard their legislator speak and made colleagues listen carefully when he talked about the Fast Flux Reactor at Hanford, fearful he might minimize the “l.” Read more

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and…

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Dems kick off state convention with optimism, ready jabs at Republicans

Idaho Democrats kicked off their two-day state convention in Moscow today with optimism, a two-page draft of a platform, and…

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Jones has 70-to-1 fundraising advantage over Ybarra coming out of primary

Unopposed in the Democratic primary, state superintendent candidate Jana Jones enters the general election campaign with a 70-to-1 advantage in…

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Loebs: State GOP chairman’s term ends next Tuesday

Grant Loebs, the chairman of the Idaho GOP’s legislative District 24 and a member of the state Central Committee…

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Locks changed at state GOP office, executive director no longer on staff

Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed this morning that…

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Dem candidates to lead raise-minimum-wage tour

Democratic candidates for office in Idaho, led by 2nd District congressional candidate Richard Stallings, Nels Mitchell, who’s running…

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Chaos continues at Idaho GOP, as Dems kick off state convention, promise business, fun

The chaos continues at the Idaho Republican Party, after dueling purported party committee meetings on consecutive days reached wildly different…

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Republican rift escalates as panel elects officers, Peterson refuses to recognize vote

The row between Barry Peterson — who insists he remains Idaho Republican Party chairman over the objections of Gov. Butch Otter…

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