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Spokane Proposition 1

No 62.01%
Yes 37.99%

Initiative 1366

Yes 54.02%
No 45.98%

Spokane County Proposition 1

No 54.10%
Yes 45.90%

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Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but the measure ended up passing unanimously. State Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, cast the only “no” vote on HB 405, but then, at the last minute, changed his vote to “yes.”

Hammond says he won’t run for Senate re-election

BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the Idaho state Senate and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along with looking at other options that will keep him closer to home and family. “I never intended to set a record here,” Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, said Thursday. “It’s an opportunity for someone else.”

Why Reps. Hagedorn and Patrick are looking to run for the Senate…

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, says he decided that he’ll run for the Senate next year because the new redistricting plan left his new district with three House incumbents and an open Senate seat. “There’s three of us in the same district now, and we all…

Twin Falls County won’t challenge new redistricting plan

Twin Falls county commissioners have announced that they’ve decided not to file any further challenge to Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan, though they’re not entirely happy with it. The county led an earlier challenge to the Idaho Supreme Court that overturned the previous plan submitted…

Paul, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich have filed for Idaho GOP’s March 6 caucus

Four GOP presidential candidates have filed for Idaho’s March 6 Republican presidential caucus, the Idaho Republican Party reports: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. The party today issued a “final call” for others who want to participate, with Chairman Norm Semanko saying,…

Popkey: Otter recruiting candidates for new GOP party chairman

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is recruiting candidates to replace Norm Semanko as Idaho’s GOP party chairman, reports Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey; Semanko defeated Otter’s favored candidate, then-Chairman Kirk Sullivan, in 2008. “I was roundly criticized by all you guys that I couldn’t control my…

Redistricters file new plan, May primary election back on track

Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has submitted its new legislative district plan, approved on a unanimous 6-0 vote, to Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. Ysursa, joining the confab by phone from a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State, told the commissioners,…

Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government gives Idaho more time. “Quite frankly, the clock is running – I don’t know that we’ve got time to put together a state exchange,” Otter said. The state needs “at a minimum a year,” he said, but “January of 2013 is our drop-dead date of getting acceptance of a state-based exchange design.”

Idaho redistricting commission adopts new plan

BOISE – After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission adopted a new legislative district plan late Friday – one that doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, in the same district. The earlier plan, which was overturned by the Idaho Supreme Court for dividing too many counties between districts, would have forced the two to face off if they both wanted to remain in office. Broadsword announced earlier that she’d retire from the Senate rather than seek a fifth term next year by running against Keough, a close ally and eight-term senator.

Broadsword weighing options in light of new redistricting plan…

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, says she’s weighing her options, now that the new legislative redistricting plan shifts her into a different district, where she wouldn’t have to face ally Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, if she ran for another term. “I haven’t had a chance to…

New Idaho redistricting plan reshuffles lawmakers

After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission has adopted a new legislative district plan - and this one doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, in the same district.

Incumbents would face off in 10 districts

Under the new legislative district plan adopted on a unanimous vote today by Idaho’s redistricting commission, there are some notable matchups created between incumbents, including some that already would have happened under the previous plan, and some changes. Among the new contests: Senior Sens. Dean…

Sens. Keough and Broadsword no longer in same new legislative district

Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, are no longer in the same district in the new legislative redistricting plan, Plan. L-93. Keough lands in the new District 1, but Broadsword ends up in the new District 7, along with Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood….

Redistricters adopt new legislative plan

Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has agreed on a new legislative plan, dubbed L-93; it’s now up online on the commission’s website. The six-member commission voted unanimously in favor of the new plan. “What we did was we revised L-87 at the direction of the…

Semanko won’t seek another term as GOP chairman, defends redistricting move, touts party successes

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko has sent out a guest opinion defending his attempt to try to fire GOP redistricting commissioner Randy Hansen, touting the party’s Idaho electoral successes and announcing that he won’t seek another term as party chairman. Semanko wrote that the…

Redistricters making progress, could agree on plan today…

Idaho’s redistricting commission has convened again this afternoon after a lunch break, and plans to meet in open session all afternoon and work on its legislative district plan. “You will know exactly what we do,” said Co-Chair Dolores Crow. The bipartisan commission has a working…

Redistricters back at work…

Idaho’s six citizen redistricting commissioners have been working straight through since 9 this morning, either in small working groups or as a full commission; they worked through lunch, while reviewing all seven of the plans that already have been submitted to the commission that have…

Redistricting: Minimizing county splits now is ‘an absolute’

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa told Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission as it reconvened this morning, “This commission has a solemn duty to redistrict the state of Idaho, and I wish you well in your deliberations and will support you 100 percent.” Deputy Attorney General Brian…

Denney, Semanko say they’re ‘continuing to evaluate legal options’

The Idaho Republican Party has released this statement this morning from House Speaker Lawerence Denney and state party Chairman Norm Semanko: “Unfortunately, the Idaho Supreme Court was unable to reach the merits of the case yesterday, opting instead to dismiss it on procedural grounds. As…

Redistricters to convene at 9

Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission meets at 9 this morning in room C110 of the Capitol; thanks to Idaho Public Television, you can listen live here. According to its agenda, from 9:05 to 10:30, it’ll hear from Brian Kane of the Idaho Attorney General’s office…

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