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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Primary rivalry heats up in GOP

BOISE - With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday revealed everything from House Republican leadership money being funneled into efforts to defeat a member of House Republican leadership, to a Coeur d’Alene representative targeting two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat. Read more

Idaho Republicans turn on one another

With Idaho's first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a…

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Idaho Republicans turn on one another

With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday revealed everything from House Republican leadership money being funneled into efforts to defeat a member of House Republican leadership, to a Coeur d’Alene representative targeting two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat. Endorsements are being given and withdrawn, two Kootenai County GOP groups are clawing at each other’s right to invoke the name of Ronald Reagan, and independent groups are mounting their own campaigns, either boosting or bashing various GOP incumbents under names like Free Enterprise PAC and Idaho Prosperity Fund. Read more

Rep. Nonini targets two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat, finance reports show

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, is targeting two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat, campaign finance reports filed…

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‘GunPAC’ taps House leadership $$ to target gun shop owner, vets’ advocate, and House leader

Here's the weirdest thing about the now-unfolding House Leadership Victory Fund/GunPAC story: Campaign finance reports show that all…

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Denney, Moyle use House leadership PAC to try to defeat Roberts

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Top House Republicans Lawerence Denney and Mike Moyle…

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90% of Sen. Pearce’s campaign spending went for defense attorney for ethics complaint

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, the Senate Resources chairman, spent $4,400 in campaign funds to pay a prominent Boise…

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Pro-business groups back incumbents with Libertarian-leaning rivals

Since last week, pro-business groups like the Idaho Association of Realtors have pumped some $30,000 into campaigns of Republican…

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Sali pitches for Hart at CdA fundraiser

Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali, famous for introducing legislation in the U.S. House to suspend the law of gravity…

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The latest campaign finance reports…

Here's why reports are required within 48 hours of last-minute contributions for the final week or so before the…

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IACI tries again to defeat Sen. Corder, after failing in 2008

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry is…

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Much at stake in May 15 primary, and small numbers of partisans could make the calls…

Much is at stake in Idaho's May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in…

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Ron Paul backers plot to overturn caucus results, using little-noticed precinct races on May 15 ballot

Ron Paul backers have a plan to use state Republican Party rules to overturn the results of this spring's…

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Low vote turnout in Idaho feared

Much is at stake in Idaho’s May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in the Legislature. Because Republicans so completely dominate state politics, many of those races will be decided in the primary. But this year, for the first time, only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary – and more than a third of Idaho’s voters identify themselves as independents. Add to that primaries that draw low turnouts, redistricting that’s added to voter confusion by shifting many into different districts with unfamiliar candidates, and the lack of a presidential primary, since both state parties already handled that with caucuses, and “you could have a weak fringe candidate win in a primary like that,” said Jim Weatherby, Boise State University emeritus professor of public policy and longtime Idaho political observer. Read more

The latest last-minute campaign contributions…

Here are today's 48-hour notices of last-minute campaign contributions of $1,000 or more for the May 15 primary…

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Nonini donates to Cameron challenger

BOISE – State Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute, $1,000 campaign donation through his political action committee to the primary election challenger of the sitting chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. That’s a form of political heresy in the Idaho Senate that Nonini hopes to join, where past attempts to back challengers to fellow GOP incumbents have brought major sanctions from the Republican caucus. Read more

Senate candidate Nonini backs primary challenger to 11-term GOP Sen. Cameron

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, who's running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute $1,000 campaign…

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Nonini backs rival to 11-term fellow GOP lawmaker

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute $1,000 campaign donation through his PAC to the primary election challenger of the sitting chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. Read more

New district gets state-funded mailing

Kris Sabo, of Sagle, was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, talking about Nuxoll’s record and thanking supporters as she seeks re-election. “My gosh, she’s from Cottonwood – where the heck is that?” Sabo asked. “If she’s using our money to help her campaign to keep her job, that shows disrespect for our money. Nobody’s going to pay for me to go out and try to keep my job.” Read more

Senator’s taxpayer-funded letter to prospective new district raises eyebrows

Kris Sabo of Sagle was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll…

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Idaho senator sends state-funded letter to new district

Kris Sabo of Sagle was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, talking about Nuxoll’s record and thanking supporters as she seeks re-election. “My gosh, she’s from Cottonwood – where the heck is that?” Sabo asked. Sabo currently is in Idaho’s legislative District 2, one of the North Idaho Panhandle legislative districts. But redistricting in Idaho will put her in the new District 7 next year, which stretches from southeastern Bonner County all the way south to the Valley County line at the mid-section of the state; Cottonwood is nearly a four-hour drive south of Sagle. Read more

Medical marijuana initiative snuffed out; backers collected just 5,000 signatures

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― An effort to get voters to decide whether…

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Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, is asking GOP candidates in Legislative District 2 to join him in signing a pledge that they will “obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes.” Jorgenson calls it the “Republican Principle Pledge” and openly acknowledges it’s designed to rally Republican voters embarrassed by Hart’s continuing legal battles over unpaid state and federal taxes. Read more

District 2 GOP candidates challenged to sign tax-paying pledge

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who's running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an…

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Idaho candidate pushes tax-paying pledge

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to all District 2 GOP candidates a “Republican Principle Pledge” pledging to “obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes.” Read more

Winner will be a Republican

It’s winner-take-office for the Kootenai County Commission candidates in the May 15 primary. There are no Democrats or third-party candidates vying for the office that oversees a wide variety of functions, including land-use decisions, solid waste treatment and property tax assessment appeals. Read more

As May 15 primary approaches in Hart’s district, ‘whole lot of politics going on’ in North Idaho

Tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart may be the most controversial lawmaker in North Idaho, and his re-election bid for a…

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Republican newcomers vying for CdA seat

With fourth-term Republican Rep. Marge Chadderdon of Coeur d’Alene stepping down, the only contested race in the primary for Idaho’s legislative District 4 this year is between the two young Republicans vying for a shot at replacing her. Chadderdon has endorsed Luke Malek, 30, a local attorney and business consultant who rose to prominence in political circles when then-Gov. Jim Risch named him his North Idaho regional director, heading up the state’s first North Idaho governor’s office. Read more

Idaho’s District 3 drawing challenges in GOP

For the last two elections, one North Idaho legislative district saw few contested races, as popular incumbents were repeatedly re-elected. This year is different, with fourth-term Republican Rep. Frank Henderson facing a challenge in the May 15 primary, and two newcomers facing off for the open seat that Rep. Bob Nonini is leaving to run for the state Senate. “Had I not run … we would have given an incumbent his third straight term without opposition, and I find that to be un-American,” said Jack Schroeder, 73, Henderson’s primary challenger. “At least they know there’s another alternative, and there’s another person who’s willing to go out there and fight for what he thinks is right, just like Frank has done for all these years.” Read more

New Idaho election rules cause confusion

The upcoming May primary election will be Idaho's first under the state's new closed-primary and party registration law…

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Congressional candidate terms felony charge ‘a fly in the ointment’ to campaign

1st District congressional candidate Cynthia Clinkingbeard, who filed to run in the Democratic primary but then was arrested for aggravated…

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Two GOP senators face off for same seat…

Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin today profiles the race between two Senate incumbents from the Magic Valley: Sens. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson…

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Labrador way ahead in campaign cash

North Idaho’s freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven’t. Labrador’s pulling in PAC money and donations from prominent Idahoans, while his little-known GOP primary opponent hasn’t raised a penny; nor has the Libertarian, the Independent, or one of the two Democratic hopefuls, the reports show. Read more

Finance reports: Labrador gears up campaign as rivals lag

North Idaho's freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance…

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Labrador gears up campaign, rivals lag

North Idaho’s freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven’t. Labrador’s pulling in PAC money and donations from prominent Idahoans, while his little-known GOP primary opponent hasn’t raised a penny; nor has the Libertarian, the Independent, or one of the two Democratic hopefuls, the reports show. Read more