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Candidates for Idaho’s top education job spar in debate

BOISE – Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first noneducator to hold the position – loomed large in the debate Tuesday night between the two educators vying to succeed him. “If you liked Tom Luna, you’re going to love Sherri Ybarra,” Democratic candidate Jana Jones said of her GOP opponent. “We can’t afford to have another four years of a superintendent who is well-intended but ill-prepared.” Read more

Otter seeks full panel review of gay marriage ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a larger group of judges to reconsider the recent decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ self-determination and the will of Idaho voters who decided that traditional marriage is a core principle of our society,” Otter said. The governor on Tuesday announced that he would file a petition seeking a review at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by an 11-judge panel. A three-judge panel made the earlier decision ruling that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden earlier requested that the 9th Circuit assign a full 11-judge panel to hear Idaho’s case, rather than a three-judge panel. That request was denied. Wasden didn’t join with Otter in Tuesday’s petition. Read more

Challenger puts limits on Spokane County District Court race

Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp has many advantages in his race for re-election. Not only is he the incumbent – running for his fifth full term – he also is running against a challenger who is purposefully limiting his campaign. Read more

Idaho schools chief rivals spar over Luna legacy

Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first non-educator ever to hold the position – loomed large in the debate…

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Closing comments from Jones, Ybarra

In their closing comments:

Jana Jones, Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent, said, “It’s been a great evening, and…

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Ybarra on voting history: ‘That’s my plan, is to repay Idaho’ as schools chief

Asked about her statement at an earlier debate that running for state superintendent is one way she can “repay” Idaho…

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Schools chief rivals spar over state budget, funding for schools

Asked about the budget for Idaho’s schools, GOP candidate for state schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra said, “Money has nothing…

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Rivals for state schools chief debate how to improve student achievement

In the “Idaho Debates” tonight on Idaho Public TV, Republican Sherri Ybarra and Democrat Jana Jones, the two candidates for…

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Jones in debate: ‘If you liked Tom Luna, you’re going to love Sherri Ybarra’

In her opening comments in their live debate tonight, Democratic candidate for state school superintendent Jana Jones said of her…

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Dems decry Otter fundraising letter for GOP candidate with criminal domestic violence record

The Idaho Democratic Party is criticizing Gov. Butch Otter and other Republican leaders for sending out letters asking lobbyists for…

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Labrador calls for ban on commercial travel from West Africa, Ringo says that’s ‘bordering on panic’

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling for a ban on commercial travel from West Africa, a call his Democratic challenger…

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Belmont, Brannon square off in Kootenai clerk’s race

Not long ago Jim Brannon was alleging Kootenai County voting irregularities in a lawsuit contesting an election loss. Now he oversees the elections division and is running to keep his seat as county clerk. His opponent, Larry Belmont, is a former longtime director of the Panhandle Health District who says he wants to give Democrats a reason to vote in a state dominated by the GOP. Read more

Balukoff targets Otter connections to prison scandal in ad

BOISE – The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal involving the state’s largest prison. Idaho took over operation of the Idaho Correctional Center this year from private operator Corrections Corporation of America, after multiple lawsuits, reports of violence so intense that the prison was dubbed “Gladiator School,” and evidence that CCA had fraudulently overbilled the state for thousands of hours of guard duty that were never worked. Read more

Inland Northwest delegates differ on Ebola travel ban

Republican House members from the Inland Northwest say the United States should consider travel restrictions for West African countries to guard against the spread of Ebola, but their Democratic challengers say that’s the wrong course of action. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wants the Obama administration to consider “immediate travel restrictions” from Liberia and other countries fighting the Ebola outbreak, with a temporary ban on visas for people in areas most affected by the virus. Read more

GOP incumbents want Ebola travel restrictions, challengers say no

Republican House members from the Inland Northwest say the United States should consider travel restrictions for West African countries to…

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AdWatch: Gloves come off in guv’s race, with ad rapping Otter over prison scandal

The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting…

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Ybarra straightens out her marital history

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of public instruction, is clarifying her marital history after she told an…

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More ‘Idaho Debates’ coming up…

The candidates for state superintendent of schools, Democrat Jana Jones and Republican Sherri Ybarra, will face off tomorrow night at…

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Bar survey shows lawyers rate Hoagland higher than Arnold in judicial race

The Idaho State Bar has released the results of its survey of attorneys on the qualifications of judicial candidates who…

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Records show ISP cited conflict of interest when it handed over CCA investigation to FBI

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public records show an Idaho State Police investigation…

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