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Labrador fundraising pitch cites ‘late-breaking’ article in non-existent Idaho newspaper

Here’s an oddity: Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s campaign for governor has sent out a fundraising pitch headed, “Breaking: Establishment strikes back,” saying, “Friend, we knew this moment was coming. In a late-breaking story, the Statesman-Review reported that the Boise insiders and lobbyists have picked their…


Lt. Gov. Little open, Rep. Labrador mum on releasing assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s campaign says he’s open to voluntarily disclosing his assets at some point along the gubernatorial campaign trail, but his staffers aren’t saying what Little will hand over or when that might happen. The Associated Press asked Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, both Republican candidates…


Wasden to seek re-election as Attorney General, not join crowds running for governor, Congress

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday that he’ll run for another term as attorney general next year – quashing speculation that he might jump into the already hotly contested races for governor or the 1st District congressional seat.


Wasden to seek another term as Attorney General, not join crowds running for governor, Congress

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today that he’ll run for another term as the attorney general next year – quashing speculation that he might jump into the already hotly contested races for governor or the 1st District congressional seat. “I really felt like I…


Labrador names Phillips chief strategist, campaign spokesman

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, today announced that former Idaho Republican Party executive director and longtime GOP campaign strategist Scott Phillips has joined his campaign team. “He brings a level of expertise and a drive to win that enhances our…


IACI endorses Little for governor; Ahlquist names campaign co-chairs

IACI’s political action committee, the Idaho Prosperity Fund, announced today that it’s endorsing Brad Little for governor in 2018; the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry is a prominent business lobbying group. Alex LaBeau, the group’s president, said in a statement, “Education, workforce development, and…


Ahlquist calls for term limits, ethics reforms in Idaho

Idaho’s top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist declared Tuesday as he unveiled a 10-point plan for ethics reforms.


Former Justice Jones: Move Idaho judicial elections from primary to general

Retired Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones says the state should move its judicial elections from the May primary to the November general election, which typically sees two to three times the turnout. “Why not select judges in elections where a majority of registered voters…


Ahlquist calls for term limits, ethics reforms

Idaho’s top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist declared Tuesday as he unveiled a 10-point plan for ethics reforms…


McMorris Rodgers, challengers talk health care after tumultuous summer in Congress

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the bill the House of Representatives passed in May, now languishing in the Senate, is just a first step in reforming the country’s health care system. Her challengers for the seat say it’s a bad one.


Russia-linked bots hone online attack plans for 2018 U.S. vote

After the 2016 U.S. presidential race was subject to Russian cyber meddling, analysts say the ferocity of more recent assaults is a preview of what could be coming in the 2018 elections, when Republicans will be defending their control of both chambers of Congress.


Lisa Brown, former lawmaker and WSU chancellor, announces 2018 run for Congress

The Democrat, who left state politics in 2013 to serve as chancellor of Washington State University in Spokane, said she believes residents of the district feel out of touch with their Congressional representative and wants to fight to protect the existing health care law.


Little unveils tax-cut proposals

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little released a series of tax-cut proposals today that he said he’d enact if he’s elected governor next year – topped by a $350 million cut in Idaho’s personal and corporate income taxes. That big cut would come over time, Little…


Malek is in: CdA state lawmaker is running for Congress

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, has made it official: He’s running for the open 1st District congressional seat next year, the third big-name Republican to enter the race.


Republican strategist has new Idaho political funding group

A top Republican strategist and fundraiser has quietly launched a new political action committee in Idaho. However, GOP operative Carl Forti isn’t saying which candidate or measure he plans on backing. Forti has served in top positions at super PACs American Crossroads and pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future…


Malek makes it official: He’s running for 1st District congressional seat

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, has made it official: He’s running for the open 1st District congressional seat next year, the third big-name Republican to enter the race. “I’m running for Congress because we need a representative who will fight for Idaho’s future,” Malek said…


Eye on Boise: A fifth of Labrador’s fundraising is for general, not primary election

Of the $309,046 that Raul Labrador has raised for his run for 2018 governor so far, $65,000 – more than 20 percent – is designated for the general election, not the primary election.


An oddity in the filings…

Among the candidacy and statement of campaign treasurer filings at the Idaho Secretary of State’s office is an oddity: Three fairly obscure candidates who have filed to run for governor, all as Republicans, all listing the same campaign treasurer, Britne Tingey. Deputy Secretary of State…


Former Commerce chief Sayer signs on with Hagedorn campaign

Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, has announced the endorsement of former state Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, who is joining his lieutenant governor campaign as its treasurer. Sayer said he’s signing on with Hagedorn – who’s facing four other Republicans vying for the post thus far – because he believes economic development…


Little, Ahlquist address Idaho school leaders; both back raising pay to offset teacher shortages

It wasn’t billed as a debate, and it was short on disagreement. Gubernatorial candidates Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist agreed on several education topics Wednesday afternoon, during a joint appearance at the Idaho Association of School Administrators’ conference in Boise, Idaho EdNews reports. Both said…