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M 2012 Idaho General Election

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Initiative 591

No 55.27%
Yes 44.73%

Initiative 594

Yes 59.27%
No 40.73%

Spokane Riverfront Park Bond, Proposition 2

Approved 68.58%
Rejcted 31.42%

Latest news

Bedke goes public, announces he’s running for House speaker

The Twin Falls Times-News reports today that House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, has publicly announced his run for Speaker of the House, taking on current Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. “It’s time for a change,” Bedke told the newspaper. Leadership elections will take place…

Changing California a harbinger for GOP

LOS ANGELES – If the future happens first in California, the Republican Party has a problem. The nation’s most populous state – home to 1 in 8 Americans – has entered a period of Democratic political control so far-reaching that the dwindling number of Republicans in the Legislature are in danger of becoming mere spectators at the statehouse.

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option

BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school districts on Nov. 15 – he just wants it distributed differently than the voter-rejected Students Come First laws required. “I would like to see it go to the base, and let the teachers negotiate with their local school boards for it,” Hammond said. “Because I think it’s disingenuous … giving merit pay to people that don’t deserve it. I don’t want to do that to teachers.”

Legislative leaders gather to review election result, look ahead to session…

The Legislative Council, the Legislature’s leadership group that meets outside the legislative session, is gathered in the House Majority Caucus Room this morning; so far, it’s heard reports on interim committees and task forces and discussed training sessions planned for new legislators this year -…

Chewing over the election results…

I’ll be on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue” program tomorrow night, along with Greg Hahn, Gary Moncrief, and host Marcia Franklin, to discuss the election results. Among them: I’ve been looking at how we ended up with the exact same party split in the Legislature as…

Hayes Explains Election Count Snafu

In a press release emailed moments ago, County Clerk Cliff Hayes explained the counting snafu that prevented final Kootenai County results to be posted online until shortly before 7 Wednesday morning: Around 1:30 a.m. elections management saw online results were not adjusting correctly as each…

Obama, Boehner look to compromise

WASHINGTON – One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending cuts and tax increases that threaten to plunge the economy back into recession. Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: “Of course” an agreement is possible.

Republicans wonder where party is headed

WASHINGTON – Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Republicans plunged Wednesday into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether their party needs serious change or just some minor tweaks. The fallout will help determine whether the GOP might return to heights approximating the Ronald Reagan years or, as some fear, suffer even deeper losses as the nation’s Democratic-leaning Hispanics increase in number.

Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. Mike Lanza, a Boise father of two who chaired the successful referendum campaign, said, “We want to sit down with our elected leaders – and that includes Superintendent (Tom) Luna – and begin the hard work that is required to forge real education reform.”

Idaho school reform combatants on both sides call for new start

Here’s a link to my full day-after-the-election story at spokesman.com, on how after Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling today for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, with all the…

Idaho school reform foes call for new start

After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, with all the stakeholders at the table.

Denney says he’ll ‘aggressively’ campaign for speaker despite Bedke challenge

House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, told Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey today that he’s planning to “aggressively” campaign for another term as speaker - though popular Assistant majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, also is seeking the post. “The game is on,” Denney said. “We know…

Labrador promises ‘bold actions and strong leadership’ in 2nd term

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has released a statement thanking supporters for his “resounding victory” in yesterday’s election. “After the results of the national election, I know we are all wondering what to expect for America’s future,” he writes. “Well, you and I both…

Otter: ‘We’re prepared to sit down and find a path forward with all the stakeholders’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke with reporters this afternoon about the election results, and he said the call from “Students Come First” opponents to begin new talks with all stakeholders about school reform is “exactly what I want to do.” “I think the interest that…

Goedde ponders whether to continue as Senate Ed chair or not…

Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, who’s just won re-election to a seventh term in the Senate, says he may or may not continue as the Senate Education Committee chairman. “I would be in line to take the Commerce & Human Resources chairmanship, and that’s something…

Farris says he’ll run against Labrador again in 2014

1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris, who polled 30.8 percent to GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s 63 percent in the final, unofficial results, has released this statement:“I want to thank the many people who put their faith in me and honored me with their vote….

Contract: No cost to state now that Prop 3 voted down

I’ve had several inquiries from readers concerned that now that voters have rejected Proposition 3, that the state would face costs related to the now-canceled $182 million laptop contract with Hewlett-Packard. I can verify that according to H-P’s Business and Scope of Work Proposal, which…

Johnson’s takeaways: Historic election ‘will be hashed over for years’

Marc Johnson’s “The Johnson Post” offers five takeaways from yesterday’s election, including a dose of Idaho historical perspective, some demographics, impacts for the two senior members of the state’s congressional delegation, and how the election leaves Idaho balanced on its own “cliff,” this one involving…

Otter on school reform: ‘The public conversation isn’t over, it’s only begun’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter issued this statement today on the voters’ rejection of Propositions 1, 2, and 3, the “Students Come First” school reform measures:“The people have spoken, so I’m not discouraged. That’s how our system works. But it’s important to remember that the public…

‘We want to sit down with our elected leaders, and that includes Supt. Luna’

Mike Lanza, a Boise father of two who chaired the “No on Props 1,2,3” campaign, said today, “I first got involved in this effort because I have a couple of elementary kids and that was my entire motivation for getting involved. … This election was…

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State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 2
State Representative, Pos. B, Idaho Legislative District 2
State Senator, Idaho Legislative District 2
State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 3
State Representative, Pos. B, Idaho Legislative District 3
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State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 4
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State Senator, Idaho Legislative District 4
Kootenai County Sheriff, Kootenai County
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