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2018 gov candidates already out on the stump together

All three major GOP candidates for governor were sitting at the same table on the Fourth of July, at the big Idaho Falls fireworks extravaganza hosted by Melaleuca owner Frank VanderSloot. Nor were Tommy Ahlquist, Raul Labrador and Brad Little the only notable additions to the party.


2018 gubernatorial candidates already out on the stump together…

And the race is on: The three major GOP candidates for governor in 2018 already are out on the stump together, appearing together on July 4 in Idaho Falls, and again this Friday at the Idaho Republican Party’s summer meeting in Coeur d’Alene; my full Sunday column…


Second Republican files to run for open state treasurer post in 2018

Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has filed to run for state treasurer in 2018. Five-term GOP Treasurer Ron Crane announced earlier this year he wouldn’t seek re-election, leaving the little-known position up for grabs in next year’s election. McIntyre has served as treasurer for the state’s most populated county since 2011…


Keough won’t seek re-election; endorses Jim Woodward for her seat in 2018

Longtime Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has announced that she won’t seek re-election after her current term ends next year, and instead is endorsing longtime Bonner and Boundary county resident Jim Woodward for her seat. Woodward, a Republican from Sagle, owns and operates APEX Construction…


Sun. column: Guv candidate on marriage; wolf-baiting; third trial in murder case…

Ahlquist alters his ‘blueprint’ plank on same-sex marriage; Idaho Fish & Game calls for public comment on wolf-baiting propoals; and Idaho SupCourt orders third trial for twice-convicted murderer inn 1983 case; my full Sunday column…


Labrador used state seal for campaign fundraising mailer

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador sent Idaho voters a campaign mailer asking for contributions to his gubernatorial bid ornamented with the state seal, even though the secretary of state’s office says the seal should only be used for official state business. Labrador’s fundraiser flier asked voters to give $50, $75, $100 or more…


Ahlquist alters his ‘blueprint’ plank on same-sex marriage

Idaho GOP candidate for governor Tommy Ahlquist has changed the wording on his website about his position on gay marriage, the AP reports today, deleting a promise to continue fighting legal same-sex marriage – which many read as a promise to take the state…


Little-known Idaho Democrat steps forward in 1st CD race

So, who is that little-known Democrat who filed back in March to run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat? After many weeks of trying to reach him, I received a call from Michael William Smith of Post Falls last week, and he filled me in; my full Sunday column…


Labrador says he can both reform nation’s immigration system and run for governor: ‘I can walk and chew gum’

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, the new chair of a House subcommittee on immigration, told Idaho reporters this afternoon that he hopes to “fix the broken immigration system” between now and the end of his current two-year term, after which he’s running for governor rather than…


Malek considering a run for 1st District congressional seat

Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t made a final decision, but he acknowledged today that he’s mulling a run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, which will open in 2018 when current Rep. Raul Labrador runs instead for governor. “The people of the…





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