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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, but the 22-year-old’s current bid to become one of Idaho’s youngest-ever legislators is exacting a higher price, reports AP reporter John Miller. Murphy is running for…


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.”


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 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…


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.


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 in the primary was something of a stunner, given that Farris was the party’s anointed choice and Clinkingbeard didn’t campaign, after an arrest for pulling a gun on employees at a…


Eye on Boise: Twin Falls GOP committee hopeful draws party’s ire

BOISE – Good grief – it’s happened again. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’s name, as in Kootenai County Reagan Republicans vs. Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Inc. It’s happening in Twin Falls, too. Down there, the chair of the Twin Falls GOP Central Committee, Gretchen Clelland, sent out a press release the day before Tuesday’s primary election warning that election materials being distributed by Rick Martin, who was challenging an incumbent precinct committeeman, said, “Paid for by Republican Central Committee of Twin Falls County, Inc.”


Primary voters oust Hart

BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career appears done. Hart was defeated in a four-way Republican primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results, edged out by Ed Morse, a longtime real estate appraiser from Hayden. Morse will face former longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English in the Nov. 6 general election.


Primary election voters spurn tax-protesting lawmaker

Among the fallout from Tuesday’s primary election: Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career will end this year. Hart was defeated in a four-way GOP primary, edged out by Ed Morse, a longtime real estate appraiser from Hayden. Now Morse will face former longtime…


Idaho voters spurn tax-protesting lawmaker

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s legislative career will end this year, Idaho voters decided on Tuesday.


Six of Otter’s seven endorsees win their legislative primary races

Idaho Gov. Otter endorsed seven candidates in yesterday’s GOP primary for legislative seats; all but one won. The exception: Former Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, who lost a rematch with Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, who unseated him two years ago. The others: Sen. Bert…




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