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Sun. column: Idaho’s political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions…


Idaho guv candidate makes big promise to cut ‘wasteful’ state budget

Tommy Ahlquist, one of the GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, launched a new TV ad on Wednesday promising to cut $100 million from the state budget in his first 100 days in office. Ahlquist’s ad says he’ll “cut $100 million dollars in wasteful government spending,” but offers no details. Believe or disbelieve Alquist promise? CH


AdWatch: Idaho guv candidate makes big promise to cut ‘wasteful’ state budget

Tommy Ahlquist, one of the GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, launched a new TV ad on Wednesday promising to cut $100 million from the state budget in his first 100 days in office. Ahlquist’s ad says he’ll “cut $100 million dollars in wasteful government spending…


Bangerter considering possible congressional run

The former director of President Donald Trump’s election campaign in Idaho says he is seriously considering running for the state’s open U.S. House seat in 2018. Layne Bangerter told The Associated Press Monday that he’s weighing several options – including a possible appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture – but running for Idaho’s…


Fulcher drops out of guv race

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, has dropped out of the race for governor and instead will run for the 1st District congressional seat being vacated by Raul Labrador – who’s also running for governor. And the move has won Fulcher Labrador’s endorsement.


Fulcher drops out of guv race, switches to 1st CD, winning Labrador’s endorsement

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, has dropped out of the race for governor and instead will run for the 1st District congressional seat being vacated by Raul Labrador – who’s also running for governor. And the move has won Fulcher Labrador’s endorsement. “Raúl and…


Idaho businessman vows to cut budget if elected governor

Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist said Tuesday he’ll slash $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018. Ahlquist didn’t pinpoint what he plans to cut from Idaho’s general fund, which totaled roughly $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2018, the AP reports…


Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in most states prevent elected or appointed officials from immediately moving into related roles in the private sector…


Luna won’t run for Congress after all

Former Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna, who announced earlier that he was considering running for the Idaho 1st District congressional seat the current Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate as he runs instead for governor in 2018, said today that he’s decided against running. “Cindy…


Lt. Gov. Brad Little served as acting governor 373 times

If Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins his bid to be Idaho’s next governor in 2018, he will be the only candidate to already have hands-on experience with the job. The two-term Republican has served as acting governor 373 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009, according to records requested by The Associated Press. Under the…





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