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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.


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-time post; Roberts is currently the House majority caucus chairman. Roberts will resign from the House and begin his new job on Monday. Roberts will fill out…


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 care reform law, saying, “Since my time in the Idaho State Legislature, it has become clear to me that Idahoans oppose every aspect of Obamacare. … This…


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) Otter on down, it was an article of faith that national health care reform - Obamacare - would be struck…


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.


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.


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. “They’ve not had a raise since 2007,” said Eva Gay Yost, a member of…


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.


Carlson: Iconic Darrington Retires

With his closely cropped hair resembling a military buzz cut one would think Denton Darrington (pictured) was a former U.S. Marine. He’s not, but he is the living personification of the Marine motto —Semper Fi (Always faithful) — with his fidelity to family, friends, LDS…


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 Democratic primary contests across the state last month, Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant told his party’s state convention today. Now, there are 82 Democratic candidates on the…





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