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Four candidates for governor to debate Friday in Coeur d’Alene

Four candidates for governor have confirmed that they’ll debate this Friday in Coeur d’Alene – GOP Gov. Butch Otter…

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Not actually Basque…

When little-known candidate Sherri Ybarra won a four-way GOP primary race for state superintendent of public instruction in May, some…

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Denney, Woodings vie to run Idaho elections

Lawerence Denney already has experience shaping Idaho’s election policy. In the Legislature, he pushed successfully to close Idaho’s…

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Spokane County sheriff candidates Q&A

Spokane County sheriff candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. How should the county address jail crowding? Read more

Eye on Boise: Interim YourHealthIdaho director now permanent

Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho, has named a new executive director: Pat Kelly, the former finance director for the exchange who was named interim executive director in July. “Pat has been with us since the very beginning and has a deep understanding of our commitment to our customers and to our state,” said Stephen Weeg, board chairman for the exchange. “After a very competitive nationwide search, we realized we already had the right leader in place.” Read more

Q&A: Spokane County sheriff candidates Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr

Spokane County sheriff’s candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order they appear on the ballot. Read more

Schools chief rivals square off in Idaho

BOISE – The two women vying to be Idaho’s next state schools chief Friday staked out similar ground about how to improve involvement of teachers, parents, principals, superintendents and the business community in the way schools operate. But, in a debate, they differed on who’s better qualified to accomplish that. Read more

Rivals for Idaho schools chief debate

The two women vying to be Idaho’s next state schools chief staked out similar ground in Friday on involving stakeholders – from teachers and parents to principals, local superintendents and the business community – in how Idaho’s schools operate. But they differed on who’s better qualified to accomplish that – Democrat Jana Jones, the former chief deputy state superintendent, or Republican Sherri Ybarra, a school administrator from Mountain Home. Read more

Of stakeholders, taxes, and starving schools…

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's debate at the City Club of…

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Jones, Ybarra each say they’re the leader Idaho schools need

In their closing comments at today’s City Club of Boise debate, the candidates, Democrat Jana Jones and Republican Sherri…

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How to recruit, retain teachers…

Asked about how Idaho could better recruit and retain teachers, Democrat Jana Jones told the City Club of Boise that…

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Jones, Ybarra spar on resources, party, standards…

Asked if, as a member the Democratic minority, she can work with the GOP-dominated Legislature, state schools superintendent candidate Jana…

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Schools chief hopefuls outline differences…

The first question posed to the two candidates for state schools superintendent was about the main philosophical difference between them…

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Superintendent candidates debate kicks off at City Club of Boise…

The candidates for state superintendent of schools are debating today at the City Club of Boise, with Jim Weatherby as…

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Rivals for schools chief clash in Caldwell, they’ll debate in Boise today…

State schools superintendent candidates Jana Jones and Sherri Ybarra faced off in a lively debate last night in Caldwell; Idaho…

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Spokane County District Court candidates list issues

For attorney Chris Bugbee, the race for a Spokane County District Court judgeship is all about a 2013 report that suggested dozens of changes needed to be made to bring greater efficiency to the local criminal justice system. The report from the three-member Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission was critical of the District Court, saying it “lacked cohesion” and has been “unwilling to embrace needed reform.” It also said the court was “unconcerned with the costs of jail sentences and detention before trials and detention hearings.” Read more

Riccelli, Benn discuss views on gun control, marijuana

The candidates for 3rd Legislative District state representative, position 1, were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers to two questions, read about their top priorities, plus thoughts on school funding and using a gas tax to fund the North Spokane Corridor online at www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/ sep/24/candidate-qa-benn-riccelli/   Read more

Riccelli, Benn vie for 3rd Legislative District seat

Tim Benn has a lot ground to make up if he wants to serve in the state House representing central Spokane. He emerged from the August primary with 34 percent of the vote, enough to move to the general election by beating a Libertarian candidate, but still well behind the 57 percent won by incumbent Democratic state Rep. Marcus Riccelli. Read more

Balukoff, Bujak both rip Otter at first debate in Twin Falls; Otter didn’t attend

The first debate of this year's race for Idaho governor featured Democrat A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian John Bujak…

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Comparison finds Balukoff outspending Otter on TV ads

A comparison of spending on statewide political TV commercials shows Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has outspent Gov…

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