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GOP challenger to Sen. Schmidt withdraws from race amid party infighting

Amid GOP infighting, a 22-year-old candidate who had been planning to challenge Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, in November has withdrawn from the race, the AP reports. John Freeland, who has been in a spat with fellow Latah County GOP officials over Facebook postings, said he…


Idaho Sen. Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments on judge

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, pressed by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill to disavow presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, is now calling on Trump to retract his comments.


Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments about federal judge Curiel

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, attacked yesterday by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill for backing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump despite Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, is calling on Trump to retract…


Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around

Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa Saturday with much talk of party unity, though little enthusiasm for presidential nominee Donald Trump.


Labrador names campaign team as he seeks 4th House term

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raúl Labrador has announced his campaign team, as the Republican seeks a fourth term in the U.S. House; he faces Democrat James Piotrowski, a Boise labor attorney in the November election. “Representing the people of the 1st Congressional District is a…


Idaho primary turnout: Just 23% of registered voters

Turnout in Idaho’s May 17 primary election was just 23 percent of registered voters statewide.


Idaho election results certified: Just 23% turnout statewide

Turnout in Idaho’s May 17 primary election was just 23 percent of registered voters statewide. That figure emerged today as the state Board of Canvassers met to officially certify the election results. “It could’ve been worse,” said Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, who chairs the…


Coin toss to settle precinct races in Ada County

A hyperlocal GOP race in southwestern Idaho will be decided with a flip of a coin. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says that votes were evenly split for precinct committeemen candidates Mark Johnson and Peggy Moyer in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. According to Idaho law, this means a coin flip…


Eye on Boise: No automatic recounts in Idaho, but loser could request one

With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts.


Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary

Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have something in common: They’re all among the top 10 scorers in the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s “Freedom Index.” The conservative lobbying group launched a new campaigning arm this year, Idaho Freedom Action, and pushed hard to boost lawmakers like these three and take out other Republicans it deemed too moderate. But the push largely failed.





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