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New Yorker runs for Idaho Senate again; also files in Alaska, Oregon

BOISE – A Brooklyn, N.Y., attorney who’s never been to Idaho is not only running for a U.S. Senate seat from the state for the second time, he’s also running for Senate seats in Alaska and Oregon. “I’m just making myself available to the people of more than one state,” William Bryk said. “The voters have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity to retain my services, but one lives in hope.” Read more

House hopeful with domestic violence, bankruptcy record to stay in race, campaign on family values

Greg Chaney, who is unopposed on the GOP ballot for a House seat in Canyon County… Read more

Idaho Debates set in nine primary races

The Idaho Debates will feature a series of nine debates in Idaho races in advance of the May 20 primary… Read more

Idaho ACLU chief to leave for Washington, D.C. post

Monica Hopkins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho since 2008, will leave… Read more

Candidate with domestic violence record may withdraw, Canyon County GOP politics in an uproar

Canyon County GOP politics are in an uproar after the GOP candidate, unopposed in the primary, for longtime Rep. Darrell… Read more

Congressional candidate built career in part on going after people for unpaid medical bills

As the 2nd District congressional race heats up, with money… Read more

Eye on Boise: NRA’s loaded questions have pre-targeted answers

BOISE – A.J. Balukoff, a Democratic candidate for governor, is refusing to fill out a National Rifle Association candidate questionnaire, saying it’s “biased and loaded with leading questions that do not allow me to accurately state my position on gun laws.” In a letter back to the NRA, Balukoff wrote, “The leading questions and multiple-choice answers in your questionnaire allow for only polarizing and extreme positions.” Read more

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz… Read more

Otter declines to fill out Idaho GOP platform survey, submits letter instead

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has declined to fill out a form certifying that he agrees with each and every tenet… Read more

Balukoff: NRA candidate questionnaire ‘biased and loaded’

A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor, is refusing to fill out a National Rifle Association candidate… Read more

Political grades for WA and ID

OLYMPIA — It must be time for mid-terms. A pair of political watchdog groups is giving out grades for the… Read more

Eye on Boise: IPATT’s Mike Lanza booted from education task force

BOISE – Mike Lanza, the parent-turned-education activist who chaired the campaign that successfully overturned the Students Come First school reform laws, says he’s been booted from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s education improvement task force because he signed on with the campaign of Otter’s Democratic opponent. The 31-member task force brought all sides in the education reform debate together and made 20 recommendations, all of which Otter endorsed; the Legislature started work on some of those this year. Read more

Rand Paul to address Idaho GOP state convention in June

Sen. Rand Paul, who topped the latest CNN poll about GOP presidential contenders for 2016, will… Read more

Otter kicks off re-election campaign with four-stop tour of the state

Gov. Butch Otter is formally launching his re-election campaign today with a four-stop tour of the state. As campaign announcements… Read more

Ysursa backs McGrane for Idaho secretary of state

BOISE – Retiring Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa threw his support behind Phil McGrane Tuesday in the four-way GOP race for the office. Ysursa pointed to McGrane’s years of election experience as chief deputy Ada County clerk, and his legal background as an attorney. Read more

Ysursa endorses McGrane for Idaho secretary of state

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today threw his support to… Read more

Catching up on some news…

Lots of news has happened over the past week while I’ve been off work. Here’s some catch-up:

Gov. Butch Otter… Read more

Of Duck Dynasty, Denney, and the Idaho Secretary of State’s race…

Several stars from the A&E program “Duck Dynasty” appeared at a fundraiser for Idaho GOP secretary of state candidate Lawerence… Read more

Threat to GOP incumbents over exchange vote didn’t pan out

GOP lawmakers who voted last year in favor of the state health insurance exchange weren’t more likely to draw primary… Read more

Idaho Legislature wraps up with pay raises at the top

BOISE – The Idaho House balked at proposed raises for top state elected officials for the next four years on Thursday, trimming them back to 1.5 percent a year instead of 2.5 percent. The move came as Idaho lawmakers wrapped up a 74-day legislative session, one day ahead of their target. Read more