M 2012 Idaho Primary

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Last updated: May 16, 2:35 a.m. State Senator (GOP), Idaho Legislative District 1

CandidateVotesPct
Shawn Keough (R) 4,671 70.27%
Danielle Ahrens (R) 1,976 29.73%
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Last updated: May 16, 10:04 p.m. Prosecutor, Kootenai County

CandidateVotesPct
Barry McHugh (R) 7,591 62.69%
Donald Gary (R) 4,517 37.31%
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Last updated: May 16, 10:04 p.m. Sheriff, Kootenai County

CandidateVotesPct
Benton E. (Ben) Wolfinger (R) 5,489 43.11%
Keith Hutcheson (R) 3,795 29.80%
John Green (R) 3,450 27.09%
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* These percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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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.” Read more

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. Read more

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 cal… Read more

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. Read more

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… Read more

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?” Read more

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… Read more

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. Read more

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’… Read more

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 … Read more

Eye on Boise: Places marked in leadership races

BOISE – When current Idaho House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, leaves the House to become a state tax commissioner on Monday, he’ll leave behind what’s shaping up to be a battle for leadership in the House GOP caucus. Roberts acknowledged that he had planned to run against current House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, for the No. 2 position in House leadership, up from his current No. 4 post; Moyle worked unsuccessfully to defeat Roberts in the May GOP primary. Read more

Otter appoints Ken Roberts to Tax Commish

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has named state Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, to the Idaho State Tax Commission, a full-tim… Read more

Labrador, Farris speak out on health care reform repeal vote

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador today defended his vote in the House to repeal the national health ca… Read more

Faith Drives Anti-Obamacare Legions

In a church pew, faith is divine. But is it any way to run a state? For almost two years, from Gov. C. L. (Butch) … Read more

Idaho must scramble to catch up

BOISE – Idaho leaders were stunned by Thursday’s ruling upholding the federal health care reform law, and they face big decisions on how to respond. State lawmakers this year refused to set up a state insurance exchange under the law, betting instead that courts would overturn it. They rejected $20 million in federal grants for the exchange. Read more

Panel proposes lawmaker pay bump

BOISE – Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday. The same committee also tightened rules about compensation for a lawmaker’s second residence near the capitol. Read more

Idaho lawmakers slated for 2% raise

Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday, while also ti… Read more

Idaho lawmakers slated for 2% raise

Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday, while also tightening up rules about compensation for a lawmaker’s second residence near the capitol. Read more

Carlson: Iconic Darrington Retires

With his closely cropped hair resembling a military buzz cut one would think Denton Darrington (pictured) was a fo… Read more

Dems up their candidate numbers for Legislature

Idaho Democrats recruited more than 90 candidates to run for office this year, and there were nine contested Democ… Read more

Farris to Dems: ‘It’s about bringing people together, not dividing them’

Idaho Democrats are gathered for their state party convention today and tomorrow in Boise, while Idaho Republicans… Read more

Sen. Nuxoll repays state for end-of-session letter to GOP voters

Campaign finance reports show that Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, has reimbursed the Senate for the… Read more

Idaho senator repays state for letter to GOP voters

Campaign finance reports show that Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, has reimbursed the Senate for the cost of an end-of-session letter she sent out to Republican voters that touted her record and thanked supporters as she seeks re-election. Read more

JFAC members tour U of I, which has lost $30M in state funding in four years

The Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is holding its interim meeting in north-central Idaho tod… Read more

Hart: IRS Garnished Legislative Pay

When the state of Idaho made out its paychecks for tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart twice a month for the past … Read more

Ex-Senator McGee Faces Charge

The incident that cost Sen. John McGee his Senate seat, his role in legislative leadership and his future in Idaho… Read more

Popkey: Leadership fight taking shape in Idaho House

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, is poised to do something Idaho hasn’t seen in 30 years, re… Read more

Texting driver crashes into parked sheriff’s patrol car north of Rigby

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: RIGBY, Idaho (AP) ― Police say a 22-year-old eastern Idaho driver wa… Read more

Talking politics on Dialogue tonight…

Tonight on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue,” host Joan Cartan-Hansen will host a reporters and pundits roundtable disc… Read more

‘Youngest lawmaker’ claim prompts history lesson

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― A news story on Sunday saying a candidate for th… Read more

Outed Idaho Dem seeks new title: Youngest lawmaker

Nate Murphy knocked on 8,000 doors and spent just $10 on his successful 2011 campaign for Pocatello’s school board… Read more

Eked-out win teaches Idaho Democrat a lesson

BOISE – A Democratic candidate for Congress in Idaho says he’s learned a lesson, after he didn’t actively campaign during his primary race and ended up with only a 5 percentage point lead over a mentally ill candidate who’s facing felony charges. “You can’t take anything for granted,” said Jimmy Farris, a Lewiston native and former NFL football player. “We made a conscious decision not to campaign against her. … We chose not to debate or do anything that would really put her situation kind of in the public or highlight it more than it already was.” Read more

Grant on 1st CD Dem primary result: ‘It doesn’t actually make sense’

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how Democratic congressional candidate Jimmy Farris says he’s l… Read more

Candidate who kept campaign quiet nearly lost

A Democratic candidate for Congress in Idaho says he’s learned a lesson, after he didn’t actively campaign during his primary race and ended up with only a five percentage point lead over a mentally ill candidate who’s facing felony charges. Read more

Farris on narrow primary win: ‘I’ve always been better in the 2nd half anyways’

Idaho Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Jimmy Farris, whose 53%-47% win over Cynthia Clinkingbeard i… Read more