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Ahlquist campaign decries defeat of disclosure bill

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, issued this statement: “Today’s failure by the House State Affairs committee highlights yet again politics as usual and the need to elect a political outsider like Tommy Ahlquist as Governor. Tommy has been championing the…


‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but AG says it may be unconstitutional; link to my full story

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the state, but the Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that raises serious questions…


‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the state, but the Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that raises serious questions about whether the measure is constitutional.


Ahlquist on unemployment tax cut: ‘Glad to see that in an election year they’re getting it done’

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist issued this statement on today’s House passage of HB 335, the unemployment insurance tax cut: “I commend the House of Representatives for taking leadership and expediting the passage of this bill to provide long overdue tax relief to Idaho small…


MLK rally speakers call out Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ hecklers

While it’s intended to be a celebration and remembrance for the late reverend, Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March quickly turned political when two candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives took the stage


State treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already raised nearly $100K

GOP Idaho state treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already filed his campaign finance report for 2017, which isn’t due ‘til Jan. 31, and he’s reporting raising a whopping $97,696. Kealey, who with his wife Joy owns the Chicago Connection Restaurant Group and operates seven Treasure…


Ahlquist: $100M promise may not result in Idaho budget cut

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist says his high-profile campaign promise to cut $100 million in 100 days if elected to the position may not result in a reduction of the state budget. Ahlquist first announced his plans to trim $100 million of the state budget last year. During a radio interview with KLIX this week, Ahlquist…


Labrador pushes bill to build wall

Raul Labrador and three other Republicans are introducing a bill that would let some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children stay for another three years, while also passing a host of other immigration-related measures Republicans have been discussing, including a $30 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and cutting legal…


Balukoff launches campaign, as Idaho faces contested primaries for governor in both parties

Businessman and longtime Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff launched his second run for governor of Idaho on Wednesday with an announcement in Pocatello, to be followed by stops in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Boise and Coeur d’Alene this week. “In 2014 when I ran, education was my top issue and Idaho was 50th in funding…


Balukoff launches campaign, as Idaho faces contested primaries for governor in both parties

Businessman and longtime Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff launched his second run for governor of Idaho on Wednesday with an announcement in Pocatello, to be followed by stops in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Ketchum, Boise and Coeur d’Alene this week.


Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals to nearly 30% of state budget; my full Sunday column…

Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, currently the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already been advocating, he’s adding another $120 million-plus. Labrador’s “5-5-5 plan” to cut personal and corporate income tax rates and Idaho’s sales tax…


Paul Ryan-backed super PAC supporting Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2018 contest

The Congressional Leadership Fund has selected Eastern Washington as one of 27 sites for field offices, intended to drum up support for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest-profile Republican to date who will receive support from the group, which has promised to spend $100 million in this campaign cycle to maintain the party’s control of both houses of Congress.


Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight

Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education and ethics, and it will come in one of the biggest election years the state has seen in decades.


Ahlquist campaign rips health care executive order

Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign is disparaging the executive order issued by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little today on health care, suggesting it’s a campaign stunt. Here’s the campaign’s statement, from campaign manager David Johnston: “Sadly, this is just the latest example of Boise’s…


Labrador increases his tax-cut proposals to nearly 30 percent of the state budget

Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, currently the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan today, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already been advocating, he’s adding another $120 million-plus. Labrador’s “5-5-5 plan” to cut personal and corporate income tax…


Labrador votes yes on tax plan, misses others for fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador cast a yes vote for Congress’ tax plan overhaul in Washington D.C. after missing several votes the day before to attend a gubernatorial campaign event in Idaho. The Republican congressman attended the fundraiser Monday and then flew back east that night to make Tuesday’s vote. Labrador declined to comment…


McMorris Rodgers makes final push for tax reform as Congress nears vote on divisive proposal

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives continues her pitch for the tax plan, which she says will put more money in the wallets of Americans. Democrats remain wary, and independent analysis of the plan indicates soaring deficits that could trigger automatic spending cuts if Congress doesn’t act quickly after passing the bill, which is expected this week.


Boise Democrat to challenge Simpson for congressional seat

A Boise Democrat will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018. The Post Register reports that Aaron Swisher announced Saturday he plans on challenging the GOP incumbent in the upcoming election. Swisher, an economist…


Ahlquist clarifies breaching dams stance after forum

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign said Friday the Republican businessman has always been against breaching dams along the Snake River despite not stating that position when asked at a recent sportsmen’s forum. In an opinion piece published earlier this week, Ahlquist said he would fight to protect Idaho’s waters for farmers…


Idaho’s Rep. Labrador comes in second to Trump for Politifact’s ‘2017 Lie of the Year’

Politifact conducted a poll of its readers on the “2017 Lie of the Year,” and while President Donald Trump calling “the Russia thing” a “made-up story” took first place, it was Idaho’s own 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador who came in second, for saying, “Nobody…