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Nonpartisan Idaho races get scrutiny

BOISE – Idaho’s elections last week were all officially nonpartisan city races, but there’s growing statewide debate about what role – if any – political parties should play in those contests. Boise State University political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby said he sees a “disturbing trend” toward more partisanship in city elections not only in Idaho but across the country.


Voters league gets behind permanent absentee status

BOISE – The Idaho League of Women Voters has endorsed an initiative petition to let Idahoans request permanent absentee ballot status, rather than have to request an absentee ballot every time there’s an election, a change that’s been supported in the past by the state’s county clerks but rejected by state lawmakers. “The league has a long history of supporting voter registration and ballot access,” said Kathryn Bonzo, co-president of the Idaho League of Women Voters. “Permanent absentee balloting is a positive step forward for voters in Idaho.”


When parties step into non-partisan races…

Idaho’s elections last week were all officially non-partisan city races, but there’s growing debate in the state about what role - if any - political parties should play in those contests. In Idaho Falls, where the county GOP central committee endorsed a candidate in the…


Idaho: Partisanship growing in local elections

Idaho’s elections last week were all officially non-partisan city races, but there’s growing statewide debate about what role - if any - political parties should play in those contests.


How that went…

After the Idaho Republican Party took the unusual step of passing a central committee resolution backing party involvement in non-partisan city races, one county’s GOP central committee endorsed a challenger, Alex Creek, in a city council race in Idaho Falls; some party activists portrayed a…


Idaho state legislator says he made spending ‘boo-boo’

BOISE – Idaho state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, says he “made a boo-boo” when he violated state campaign finance laws by spending more than $1,090 to run an ad in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Saturday favoring Coeur d’Alene City Council challenger Jim Brannon. If the expenditure was a contribution to Brannon, it exceeded the $1,000 limit on such contributions; if it was an independent expenditure, Jorgenson needed to file a disclosure form within 48 hours.


Gridley: It’s a state law

Coeur d’Alene city attorney Mike Gridley says the campaign finance law that Sen. Mike Jorgenson may have violated when he ran a $1,090 ad for Coeur d’Alene city council challenger Jim Brannon is a state law, not a city ordinance. Idaho Code 67-6610A limits contributions…


Jorgenson: ‘I made a boo-boo’

Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, says he didn’t mean to violate campaign finance laws when he placed an ad for Coeur d’Alene City Council challenger Jim Brannon, and he’s working with Coeur d’Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers to clear the matter up. “I was just…


A party take on non-partisan elections?

It was a little surprising to get a media advisory today that Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko will hold a press conference call tomorrow morning “to discuss the 2009 elections and what they mean for Idaho in 2010,” because Idaho’s 2009 elections - today is…


League backs permanent-absentee ballot measure

The Idaho League of Women Voters has endorsed an initiative petition to let Idahoans request permanent absentee ballot status, rather than have to request an absentee ballot every time there’s an election, a change that’s been supported in the past by the state’s county clerks…




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