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Eye on Boise: Labrador says Idaho’s government ‘needs to be slashed’

When Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, speaking via video, was asked to address tax policy last week at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, he said Idaho’s government “needs to be slashed.”


Balukoff welcomes Rep. Jordan to Dem governor’s contest for 2018

A.J. Balukoff, the Democrat already in the race for governor of Idaho in 2018 before Rep. Paulette Jordan’s announcement tonight in Moscow, has issued a statement welcoming her to the race. Here it is: Idaho gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff applauded tonight’s announcement from Paulette Jordan…


Rep. Paulette Jordan announces she’ll run for governor as a Democrat

The only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Statehouse says she’s running for governor in 2018. Rep. Paulette Jordan, a Democrat from Plummer and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, announced Thursday she would run for governor rather than seek a third term as a state representative. Jordan’s announcement…


Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.


Ahlquist on taxes: Policy should be based on data, with ‘unintended consequences vetted out’

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference today, “As you know, I was an ER doc for a long time, and then did commercial real estate. … Jumping into politics has been new for me. What’s great … is the…


Little on taxes: ‘I’ve got a concrete plan because I’ve been here, I’ve listened’

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today that his family is a charter member of the group, going back to the 1940s. Asked by moderator Dee Sarton about the specific tax proposals he’s unveiled during his campaign for governor, Little…


Labrador to ATI: ‘Government needs to be slashed’

At this afternoon’s “Gubernatorial Forum on Taxation” at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference, two of the GOP candidates for governor – Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist – are appearing in person, but 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador appeared…


3 Idaho candidates for governor share similar wildlife views

Three top candidates trying to be elected Idaho’s governor in 2018 have widely different backgrounds but share similar views on managing the state’s wildlife conservation and access to public lands. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise developer Tommy Ahlquist joined Democratic candidate…


Idaho GOP governor hopefuls’ tax-cut plans have hefty price tags

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s tax-cut plan would cost Idaho’s state treasury roughly $900 million a year if he were elected governor. Rival Tommy Ahlquist’s tax-cut proposals add up to a $630 million a year reduction to the state treasury. And Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the other major GOP hopeful in the race, has a plan that would cost the…


Idaho GOP governor hopefuls’ tax-cut plans have hefty price tags

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s tax-cut plan would cost Idaho’s state treasury roughly $900 million a year if he were elected governor.


West Valley School District asking voters for two tax levies

Voters in the West Valley School District will decide the fate of two tax proposals in February.


Fulcher gets endorsement from FreedomWorks superPAC

FreedomWorks, a national advocacy and campaign group associated with the tea party movement, has announced its endorsement of Russ Fulcher in the race for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat in 2018. Fulcher, a former GOP state senator from Meridian, is facing a crowded GOP…


Fulcher endorsed by ‘Club for Growth’

Republican U.S. House candidate Russ Fulcher has won the endorsement of the conservative national group Club for Growth. The endorsement, tweeted by the group Monday, is a boost for Fulcher as he attempts to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates. The open 1st Congressional District seat has attracted a wide…


Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation

Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation. The annual Tax Burden Study, which the Idaho State Tax Commission has prepared each year since the 1970s, shows that Idaho’s total state and local tax burden…


Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation

Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation.


Ahlquist announces plan to cut opioid deaths in half in 4 years if elected governor

Idaho GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist, a physician, has released a seven-point plan to address the opioid crisis in Idaho, saying it would cut the state’s annual number of opioid deaths - 200 - in half in four years…


Little voluntarily discloses his financial assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is the latest gubernatorial candidate to voluntarily release information on his financial assets. Idaho is one of just two states that don’t require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. Yet the topic has become a key talking point for Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial race after first-time…


Rep. Cheatham to seek Nonini’s Senate seat, as Nonini runs for lieutenant governor

Second-term Idaho state Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, announced Monday that he’ll run for the open Senate seat in his district that’s being vacated by Sen. Bob Nonini’s run for lieutenant governor in 2018.


Rep. Cheatham to seek Nonini’s Senate seat in 2018

Second-term Idaho state Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, announced today that he’ll run for the open Senate seat in his district that’s being vacated by current Sen. Bob Nonini’s run for lieutenant governor in 2018. “I really like the House,” Cheatham said. “The Senate, I…


Leroy says he’s moving to the congressional district where he’s running

David Leroy, whose Boise home is in the 2nd Congressional District, says he’s moving to Eagle and will be living in the district where he’s running for Congress before the May primary. “I intend to be voting for myself,” he said…