M 2012 Idaho Primary

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

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

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

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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Idaho Democrats to caucus Saturday

Idaho Democrats will caucus on Saturday morning to select their presidential delegates, and they’re inviting folks to join them at the gatherings in each Idaho county. In Kootenai County, the caucus will be at the Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St. in Coeur d’Alene, and similar events across the state will start at 10 a.m. – meaning the doors will close then, so those who want to participate should arrive before that hour. Read more

SR: Idaho Solons Flunk Ethics Reform

A legislative session that began with the promise of introducing long-overdue ethics guidelines ended with the Idaho Senate tossing a veil over the process and the House doing absolutely nothing. The hang-up continues to be the misguided notion that an orderly, transparent and independent process… Read more

House OKs $200,000 Legal Defense

The House has voted 53-16 in favor of setting up a $200,000 legal defense fund for the Legislature, funded from the state’s general tax funds and controlled by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate. “It is for any time… Read more

Poll: Congress, Legislature Terrible

Weekend Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation sez both Congress and the Idaho Legislature are terrible examples of governing bodies. 103 of 232 respondents (44.4%) said that Congress and the Idaho Legislature are equally bad in the performance of their duties. 72 of 232 respondents… Read more

Idaho’s Ultrasound Mandate Has Limits

As did Virginia’s Legislature last month, Idaho’s Legislature is wading into controversial territory with a new law that, if enacted, would require that abortion providers administer an ultrasound test and share the results with women seeking abortions before the baby is destroyed. The unproven theory… Read more

Hi-Noon: Bill Targets Daylight-Saving

Forget springing forward. Earlier this week, the Legislature printed a bill to exempt Idaho from observing daylight saving time. Will it pass? Not a chance. But bill sponsor Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, hopes the legislation will help propel a national discussion on getting rid of… Read more

Is Congress Worse Than Legislature?

You might think it would be difficult to find a new way to insult Congress. Back in 1873, Mark Twain said, “I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind, Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.”… Read more

Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill may be dead

In a tumultuous day at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday, anti-abortion activists staged a live ultrasound demonstration in a Capitol hearing room, sign-waving protesters gathered outside and a hearing on legislation requiring Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound before they could have an abortion was abruptly canceled. Read more

Odd candidate behavior nothing new in Idaho…

Idaho Statesman reporter Patrick Orr has a full story today on Cynthia Clinkingbeard, the 1st District congressional candidate who was arrested over the weekend after threatening Staples employees with a 9mm handgun. The former physician, whose medical license was revoked in 2005, was charged with… Read more

Newly filed congressional candidate arrested for aggravated assault

Boise Police arrested Cynthia Clinkingbeard, 58, Boise - a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 1st District - for aggravated assault on Friday night, after she entered a store and threatened workers there with a gun, the Idaho Statesman reports. Clinkingbeard, a physician whose medical… Read more

Holmes Seeks Green Commish Seat

Vic Holmes is hitting the election trail again. Holmes, re-elected at Rathdrum’s mayor in November, will challenge incumbent Dan Green for the District 3 seat on the Kootenai County Commission in the primary on May 15. Holmes has been Rathdrum’s mayor for five years and… Read more

Dems Claim Senate Ethics Violation

Idaho’s Senate minority leadership has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce (pictured), R-New Plymouth, alleging that he voted 22 times on oil and gas issues before finally disclosing, before the Senate’s final vote on HB 464, that he had a conflict… Read more

Idaho House passes felony animal torture bill

BOISE — The state House passed a bill today that would put felony animal abuse laws on the books in Idaho for the first time and would take the steam out of a ballot initiative by animal rights groups seeking much stiffer penalties. Read more

Pre-abortion ultrasound bill draws big crowd

Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, opened the hearing on his pre-abortion ultrasound bill in committee this morning, telling the Senate State Affairs Committee, “As you know there’s been a lot of email communication, there’s been protests on the Capitol steps, people exercising their right under the 1st Amendment, and I appreciate that. … I expect some interesting testimony. I would ask you all to keep your minds open to what you hear and to be attentive to what’s happening.” Read more

Bipartisanship in Congress sadly lacking, Labrador says

BOISE – Idaho congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship Tuesday, saying the politics in Washington, D.C., are too tainted by partisan rifts. Labrador told the Idaho House and Senate that since he has been in Washington, D.C., “My appreciation for the Idaho Legislature has only grown more.” Read more

Idaho Declares Telegraph Obsolete

After a unanimous House vote, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s pen stroke is all that stands between finally declaring the telegraph obsolete in Idaho. Tuesday’s 63-0 vote is part of the Idaho Supreme Court’s annual effort to excise archaic language from state code. Back when trains… Read more

Labrador: Duty ‘transcends party affiliation’ in Idaho Legislature

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship today, saying the politics in Washington, D.C. are too tainted by partisan rifts. Read more

Labrador ♥ Legislature ‘Bipartisanship’

U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador told the Senate today that since he’s been in Washington, D.C., “My appreciation for the Idaho Legislature has only grown more.” Addressing those lawmakers who are retiring this year, he said, “If you are anything like me, you will miss this… Read more

Edit: Cig Tax Hike Doomed From Start

On Monday, public health groups had their shot at convincing lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax. And they were doomed from the start. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 11-5 to kill the proposal before it was even formally printed. This committee — which,… Read more

Idaho Legislature Gender Gap Grows

Poring over the list of candidates for the Idaho Legislature, Boise State political scientist Gary Moncrief finds a gender gap far more pronounced than the roughly 7 percent historical difference between women and men in presidential contests. “..(W)omen are three times more likely to run… Read more

Hart to have five challengers

In Idaho’s upcoming elections, North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district will have a Democratic challenger vying for every seat. No Democrat has run for the Legislature in the district since 2002, when there was just one Democratic candidate, who lost; the last one elected was in 1994. But this year, former Kootenai County Clerk Dan English, who for many years was the only Democrat elected in Kootenai County, is running. Read more

Many seek North Idaho legislative seats, including Hart’s

In Idaho’s upcoming elections, North Idaho’s most-Republican legislative district will have a Democratic challenger vying for every seat. Read more

Final candidate filings bring some surprises…

Here’s a link to the final list of candidates filing today, which was delayed this evening because of a last-minut crush of filings. It includes some surprises, from Sen. Nicole LeFavour of Boise running for Congress in the 2nd District, to a lack of any… Read more

Joker: How Spencer Will Win

HucksOnline asked you Merry Hucksters to paint a scenario in which Larry Spencer could win a Kootenai County commissioner seat — and Joker responded with this scenario: “It was a dark and stormy night. A dark blue Mercedes parks in front of a warehouse off… Read more

Sims Urban Renewal Bill Flounders

Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, has had a rough go of it with one of her bills this year. With the session winding down and about two weeks to go before the final gavel drops for the year, Sims, for the second time in the… Read more

Give Me Secretariat In 1973 Derby

A long-time Berry Picker writes: “I thought you and your readers might enjoy Senate Bill 1374 currently being considered in Boise by our (!) legislature. That bill defines and allows for “Historical Horse Racing”. What is that you ask? It is showing and betting on… Read more

NYT: Openly Gay Idaho Solon Quitting

Here, the lawmaker who has spent eight years working for what might seem far less controversial goals is the only openly gay member of the Idaho Legislature. Now with the session well under way and a gay rights bill again showing little sign of getting… Read more

Romney wins 31 Idaho counties, Santorum 7, Paul 6

When all the tallying was done last night, Mitt Romney’s sweep in Idaho’s first GOP presidential caucus left him with all 32 delegates after winning 31 of Idaho’s 44 counties. Seven counties went to Rick Santorum - Kootenai, Benewah, Clearwater, Shoshone, Owyhee, Lewis and Washington…. Read more

Romney takes Ada with 52%, wraps up win even with 10 counties still caucusing…

Mitt Romney has taken Ada County with 52 percent, to 23 percent for Rick Santorum, 22 percent for Ron Paul and 4 percent for Newt Gingrich. With 34 of the 44 counties reporting, that means Romney now has enough to wrap up the win in… Read more

Ron Paul takes Boundary County

The first North Idaho county’s GOP caucus results to come in are from Boundary County, where Ron Paul won. Here are the numbers: Paul: 193 Santorum: 101 Romney: 64 Gingrich: 0 Read more

21 Idaho counties have gone to Romney, one to Santorum, still no North Idaho results…

Official caucus results from the Idaho GOP now show 22 of Idaho’s 44 counties reporting, with 21 of those going to Mitt Romney, and one, Lewis County, going to Rick Santorum - but the results there were just 44 for Santorum, 25 for Romney, and… Read more

Romney way ahead, but still only smaller, southern counties reporting…

Now 12 Idaho counties have reported their GOP caucus results, and Mitt Romney remains way ahead with 76 percent, but still, all the counties are in southern and southeastern Idaho; Bannock County, population 83,000, is the largest reporting so far. Ada County, by contrast, has… Read more

Map shows early results from south, southeast…

The Spokesman-Review’s Election Center is posting Idaho’s county-by-county GOP caucus results as they come in on a map of the state; a look at it now shows that with 16 percent of the tally in, from seven counties, Mitt Romney is way ahead with 77.7… Read more

Idaho GOP poised for busy night of caucuses

Voting in the Idaho Republican presidential caucus has started in some parts of Idaho, including the first round in Canyon County and other small southern Idaho counties, reports AP reporter John Miller; click below for his full report. In Ada County, organizers closed the doors… Read more

Hucks Poll: Hell No To Idaho Tax Cut

Monday Poll: 82% of Hucks Nation oppose the $35.7 million tax cut for prosperous Idahoans that easily passed the Idaho House, including 50% who said “hell no.” 83 of 167 respondents (49.7%) said “hell no” to the tax cut while 54 of 167 respondents (32.34%)… Read more