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Attorney General, State of Idaho

Candidate Votes Pct
Lawrence Wasden (R) 289,532 68.05%
Bruce S. Bistline (D) 135,958 31.95%

* Race 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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Wasden: ‘My office is equipped to handle these cases’

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has issued this statement on his vote against paying $55,000 of Gov. Butch Otter’s legal fees for private attorneys he brought in to help with same-sex marriage appeals: “My view on the use of outside counsel is no secret. I’ve…

Otter appeals to Supreme Court on gay marriage

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has filed a petition appealing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the state’s case is the “ideal vehicle” to resolve the issue for the nation. “The time has come for this court to resolve a question of critical importance to the states, their citizens and especially their children: Whether the federal Constitution prohibits a state from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman,” Otter’s Washington, D.C. attorney, Gene Schaerr, wrote in the 41-page petition.

Wasden also files gay-marriage appeal to Supreme Court

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has now also filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in Idaho’s same-sex marriage case, along with Gov. Butch Otter. “This case presents the Court with the opportunity to resolve a divisive split on a question of nationwide importance:…

Eye on Boise: Workshops cover Idaho open government laws

It was standing-room only in Sandpoint late last week as 75-plus people filled the Sandpoint Library’s community room for a three-hour workshop on Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws. There were four such sessions in North Idaho in as many days, all sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government and featuring Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Those attending ranged from the county sheriff to local elected officials to government employees, reporters, a newly elected state lawmaker and lots of interested citizens. However, the Bonner County Daily Bee, which co-sponsored the session, pointed out the next day that Sandpoint city officials skipped the workshop – and held a controversial, closed-to-the-public meeting about oil and coal train traffic in the region the same afternoon.

Crowd turns out for open government workshop in Lewiston

More than 45 people gathered at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston last night for the first of four open-government workshops in North Idaho this week featuring Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The free sessions, sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government, or IDOG (full disclosure…

Idaho joins settlement with Sirius XM Radio over misleading advertising, billing

Idaho has joined a $3.8 million multi-state settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. over misleading advertising and billing practices, through which Idaho consumers who had problems with the service can get reimbursed. “I am pleased we have reached an amicable settlement with Sirius,” said Idaho…

Idaho joins 17-state legal challenge against Obama immigration executive action

Idaho has joined a 17-state legal challenge to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, led by Texas Gov.-elect and current Attorney General Greg Abbott. “I joined this suit to strongly express my objections to this unconstitutional and misguided policy and its unilateral implementation,” Gov. Butch…

Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Idaho

BOISE – Gay couples may obtain marriage licenses in Idaho beginning 9 a.m. Wednesday after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will no longer block the issuance of marriage licenses even as the state continues to press its legal case for the ban. The order followed court filings Monday in which Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden dropped his opposition to lifting the stay – but Gov. Butch Otter did not.

Wasden: Kennedy has given Idaho ‘time to digest the decision and plot a clear legal strategy’

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today that he plans to file a motion asking the 9th Circuit for an en banc hearing - a hearing by a larger, 11-judge panel, as opposed to the three-judge panel that already ruled - on Idaho’s same-sex marriage…

Wasden sues Body Renew for bilking customers of closed gyms

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed a lawsuit against a southwest Idaho fitness company. Wasden contends in the lawsuit filed in Ada County District Court that Body Renew Fitness & Tanning and…

Huckleberries: Nature’s siren is louder than sheriff’s new toy

Talk about stealing your thunder. A 100-pound black bear upstaged Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s big reveal for his $335,000 BearCat military vehicle Wednesday morning. Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka was en route to the BearCat unveiling when she got word that BooBoo Bear had climbed 60 to 70 feet up a tree at Woodland Middle School. Real bear? BearCat? Easy call. Kathy and her camera veered off to the Coeur d’Alene middle school, where she witnessed BooBoo climb down the tree. Get tranquilized. And get whisked off to Idaho Fish and Game HQ to sleep it off. Meanwhile, Coeur d’Alene city spokesman Keith Erickson literally ran into the commotion during his daily jog. Keith considered the near encounter with BooBoo “even more impressive than the big moose (he) encountered a couple months ago at nearby Bluegrass Park.” Bear? Moose? Just another day in viewtiful CdA. Parking problems

Three Treasure Valley businesses agree to cease Idaho operations in consumer protection case

Owners of three businesses that duped Idahoans on everything from satellite TV systems to vendor spaces at events to fake college credits have agreed to cease all operations in Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today, under agreements with the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division….

New UI law scholarship endowed in honor of Wasden for anti-tobacco work

The American Legacy Foundation, a national anti-smoking group founded as part of a nationwide tobacco settlement, has donated $350,000 to the University of Idaho to establish a scholarship program at the College of Law in honor of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The new Lawrence…

Many Idahoans likely to qualify for payments under DRAM settlement, deadline approaching…

Many Idahoans who bought products containing DRAM, or dynamic random access memory chips, between 1998 and 2002 are due a refund thanks to a price-fixing settlement, according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, but the Aug. 1 deadline for filing claims is past approaching. DRAM…

IRS phone scam hits Idaho, Northwest

BOISE – A scam in which an aggressive caller masquerades as an IRS agent demanding immediate payment has spread into Idaho and the Northwest. Officials want folks to just hang up.

Aggressive callers target Idahoans in ‘IRS agent’ scam

Idahoans increasingly are being targeted by a scam in which aggressive callers claim to be IRS agents and threaten arrest, liens, and even “bodily harm” if the victims don’t pay up immediately, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden reported today. “We’ve seen steady reporting of the…

Wasden appeals Medicaid reimbursement case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a lawsuit the state lost over Medicaid provider reimbursement rates for services to the developmentally disabled, contending both the U.S. District Court in Idaho and the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals…

National settlement will bring relief to 220 Idahoans who lost homes to foreclosure

Idaho has joined 48 states and the federal government in a settlement with SunTrust Mortgage over home loan and foreclosure abuses; under the settlement, the company will make direct payments to 220 Idaho borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2013. Click…

Tea party makes record long jump in calling Idaho GOP incumbent ‘basically Democrat’

This commentary from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News does not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board. The friend of my enemy is my enemy.

Troupis withdraws backing of fellow Republican Wasden for Idaho AG

BOISE – Less than a week after the Idaho Republican Party gathered for a rally on the steps of the state Capitol, where vanquished challengers pledged to support the primary election victors and move forward as a united party, the proclaimed unity is splintering. C.T. “Chris” Troupis said Tuesday that he’s withdrawing his endorsement of current Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who’s running for re-election. Troupis lost to Wasden in the Republican primary, 59 percent to 40 percent, but announced his endorsement of his opponent at the unity rally the morning after last Tuesday’s Idaho primary election.