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Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new fiscal year. “We have probably 10 projects, all in different regions of the state, that will bring anywhere from 50 to 200 jobs per project,” Sayer said. “The best part is that they’re a combination of companies that are expanding and new companies coming into the state. So if that pace keeps up, this year should be a really exciting year for us.”


Farris releases income tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’ ” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Farris releases 10 years’ tax returns, calls on Labrador to do the same

Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Farris, at…


Congressional candidate releases 10 years’ tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Idaho 1st District U.S. House candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Otter appoints Gestrin to House to replace Roberts

Terry Gestrin, a Donnelly businessman and former Valley County commissioner, has been appointed to the Idaho House to finish the four months left in the term of former Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, whom Gov. Butch Otter appointed to the Idaho Tax Commission. Otter announced the…


Idaho late on insurance exchange

BOISE – It may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines, state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers Monday. “We’ve not been given the direction to move forward,” Deal told a joint task force of the Idaho Legislature. “So now our timelines are getting to the point that, is it realistic that we could put together a state-based exchange at this particular time?”


Idaho may be too late on insurance exchange…

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s discussions in the Legislature’s Health Care Task Force, at which state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers it may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in…


Idaho may be too late on insurance exchange

BOISE - It may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines, state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers Monday.


Candidate Farris has TV ad, but still trying to raise the money to actually air it…

1st District Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris has a “buoyant” 60-second TV ad filmed and ready to go, but doesn’t have the cash yet to actually run it, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Popkey reports that Farris, a former NFL football player and Lewiston native,…


Congressional campaign reports show big fundraising and some big spending…

Idaho’s 2nd District congressional candidates are raising big bucks for their campaigns, Boise State Public Radio reports today, with Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour raising $156,016 so far for her run, and incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson taking in $955,982. BSU radio reports that LeFavour has…




Latest news

Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new fiscal year. “We have probably 10 projects, all in different regions of the state, that will bring anywhere from 50 to 200 jobs per project,” Sayer said. “The best part is that they’re a combination of companies that are expanding and new companies coming into the state. So if that pace keeps up, this year should be a really exciting year for us.”


Farris releases income tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’ ” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Farris releases 10 years’ tax returns, calls on Labrador to do the same

Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Farris, at…


Congressional candidate releases 10 years’ tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Idaho 1st District U.S. House candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.


Otter appoints Gestrin to House to replace Roberts

Terry Gestrin, a Donnelly businessman and former Valley County commissioner, has been appointed to the Idaho House to finish the four months left in the term of former Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, whom Gov. Butch Otter appointed to the Idaho Tax Commission. Otter announced the…


Idaho late on insurance exchange

BOISE – It may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines, state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers Monday. “We’ve not been given the direction to move forward,” Deal told a joint task force of the Idaho Legislature. “So now our timelines are getting to the point that, is it realistic that we could put together a state-based exchange at this particular time?”


Idaho may be too late on insurance exchange…

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s discussions in the Legislature’s Health Care Task Force, at which state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers it may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in…


Idaho may be too late on insurance exchange

BOISE - It may already be too late for Idaho to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in time to meet federal deadlines, state Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers Monday.


Candidate Farris has TV ad, but still trying to raise the money to actually air it…

1st District Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris has a “buoyant” 60-second TV ad filmed and ready to go, but doesn’t have the cash yet to actually run it, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Popkey reports that Farris, a former NFL football player and Lewiston native,…


Congressional campaign reports show big fundraising and some big spending…

Idaho’s 2nd District congressional candidates are raising big bucks for their campaigns, Boise State Public Radio reports today, with Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour raising $156,016 so far for her run, and incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson taking in $955,982. BSU radio reports that LeFavour has…