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Labrador announces Ted Cruz is endorsing him for governor of Idaho in ‘18

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced today that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is endorsing Labrador for governor of Idaho in 2018. Cruz, who won Idaho’s 13-candidate 2016 GOP presidential primary with 45.4 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 28.1 percent, said in…

Former VP Dick Cheney endorses Yates for Idaho lieutenant governor

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Steve Yates in Idaho’s open lieutenant governor’s race. Cheney said Tuesday in a statement distributed by the campaign that he appreciated Yates’s time working as a deputy on his national security staff and praised Yates’ dedication to the Republican Party. Yates, an Idaho Falls businessman…

Simpson names Bedke, Crapo, Risch as re-election campaign co-chairs

Idaho 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson today launched his re-election bid and named his campaign co-chairs: House Speaker Scott Bedke and U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. Simpson said in a statement, “Idaho leads the nation in common sense solutions for tough problems…

Mitt Romney endorses Ahlquist for governor of Idaho in 2018

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018.

Mitt Romney endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho governor

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018. Romney, who will appear with Ahlquist at a campaign rally in Idaho Falls this evening, said in a news release, “Tommy Ahlquist’s unparalleled real-world experience as both a doctor and…

From the campaign finance reports: Fulcher loans campaign $35K as 1st CD race shapes up

The latest campaign finance reports in the 1st District congressional race, filed yesterday, show a race that’s shaping up, with an open seat up for grabs in 2018. Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher loaned his campaign $35,000 on Sept. 30, the final day of the…

House Democrats choose a 2019 villain: Ryan, not Trump

House Democrats think they’ve found a Republican to demonize during next year’s midterm election, and it’s not Donald Trump. Recognizing the Republican president’s enduring popularity with his white working-class base, Democrats are preparing a campaign that focuses just as much on Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House.

Editorial: Judge Staab an easy call for Municipal Court

Incumbent Judge Tracy Staab has been a solid judge on a court known for innovation and alternatives to jail time.

State schools Supt. Ybarra announces re-election bid

daho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she will run for re-election in 2018. Ybarra, a Republican, announced in a news release Wednesday she plans on running for another four-year term. Her only other opponent is GOP Wilder School Superintendent Jeff Dillon. No Democratic candidate has entered…

Congressional candidate Lisa Brown marries Spokane City Council policy adviser

Lisa Brown and Brian McClatchey were wed in a small ceremony this week, the couple announced on Facebook. They’ve been dating about three years. Brown hopes to challenge Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her seat in the House of Representatives next year.

New Idaho PAC wants Independents, Democrats to register GOP

A former GOP state lawmaker has launched a new political action committee to encourage Independent and Democratic voters to register as Republicans so they can participate in Idaho’s closed GOP primary election. Kathy Skippen said Wednesday that her group, called Moderates Are Taking Hold, will help educate…

Nonini joins lieutenant governor race

northern Idaho lawmaker is joining the race to win the state’s open lieutenant governor seat in 2018. GOP Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene filed to run for the position on Tuesday. Nonini is in his third term in the Idaho Senate after serving four terms in the Idaho House…

McMorris Rodgers says GOP tax plan is a ‘must,’ but critics warn of rising deficits

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Republicans’ proposal to overhaul the tax code will make filing simpler and put more money in consumers’ pockets. Political foes argue the plan benefits the wealthy and will grow the nation’s debt.

Eye on Boise: County GOP central committee decries one of GOP guv hopefuls

The same Kootenai County GOP committee that recently condemned Idaho GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo for backing sanctions against Russia has passed a resolution blasting Tommy Ahlquist, one of the three leading GOP candidates for governor in 2018, for having donated to Democrats, and questioning whether he’s really a Republican.

Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Thursday said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000 each, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican’s economic interest disclosure does not include a range of how much each asset is worth…

Little speaks out on health care, Labrador on abortion; Ahlquist brings tour to North Idaho

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little has sent out an op-ed piece calling for immediate action in Idaho on health care reform, while 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador is touting his vote for a House-passed anti-abortion bill that’s not expected to be considered in the…

AdWatch: Ahlquist unveils new commercial on term limits

Idaho GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist has unveiled a new TV ad touting his support for term limits, while also criticizing both federal and state government spending . Here’s a look at what it says and the claims. WHAT IT SAYS “I’m Dr. Tommy Ahlquist….

Ahlquist kicks off 44-county tour in Meridian

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist laid out his political agenda Thursday to hundreds of supporters in Meridian while kicking off his statewide tour to visit all of Idaho’s 44 counties over 44 days. Ahlquist promised to improve Idaho’s educational system, work to lower health care premiums for Idahoans and reform the state’s tax…

Ahlquist to launch 44-day, 44-county tour; names 107 county chairs

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist plans to launch a 44-day tour of Idaho’s 44 counties on Thursday, with a 7 p.m. event at the Scentsy Commons Amphitheater in Meridian. The tour will move the next day to Payette and Emmett, continue around the state and…

AdWatch: New Ahlquist ad targets ‘political insiders’

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has launched a new TV campaign commercial repeating the claim he made in June that he’d cut $100 million from the state budget in his first 100 days if elected, but offering no new details. Instead, the new ad focuses…