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Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part-time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post in 2018, and the latest campaign finance reports show they’re amassing campaign funds from a variety of sources – including their own pockets…


Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post in 2018, and the latest campaign finance reports show they’re amassing campaign funds from a variety of sources – including their own pockets, along with individuals and businesses in Idaho and around the country.


More than 20% of Labrador’s fundraising thus far is designated for the general 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. That’s because the donors involved had already given the maximum amount for…


Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP contenders for the post already have raised more than $1.8 million combined for their campaigns. The reports – the first filed since the contest shaped up into a competitive battle between…


Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP contenders for the post already have raised more than $1.8 million combined for their campaigns.


Ahlquist, Labrador and Little report campaign finances, all raising hundreds of thousands

Right at the deadline, the campaign finance reports for the three leading GOP candidates for governor of Idaho are in. Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist raised the most during the reporting period, at a whopping $952,531, including $378,271 of his own money, but he’s…


Campaign finances, more races taking shape, and Crapo on Russia…

In my Sunday column: Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due Monday, but some already had started trickling in last week. Also, GOP hopeful Tommy Ahlquist touted his fundraising numbers in advance of today’s filing; schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra has been outraised by a challenger; 3 are now running for state treasurer; and more…


Eye on Boise: Ahlquist touts fundraising in Idaho governor race

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and more. But GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist sent out a news release on Thursday touting his fundraising, saying his campaign raised nearly $575,000 between March 1 and June 30, with more than half of the donations below $100.


Ybarra outraised by campaign challenger

Though Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra announced in December of 2015 that she’d seek re-election in 2018, she’s had little campaign activity so far this year, according to her newly filed campaign finance report. Ybarra reported $900 in contributions for the first half of…


Tom Kealey announces run for state treasurer, third Republican in the race

Idaho businessman Tom Kealey announced today that he’ll run for the open state treasurer post in 2018, the third Republican to enter the race for the seat from which longtime Treasurer Ron Crane is retiring. Kealey, who with his wife Joy owns the Chicago Connection…


Ahlquist campaign says he’s raised more than half a million in donations, plus $378K of his own $$

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and more. But GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist sent out a news release today…


Little says if he’s elected governor, Idaho ‘will act’ on health care

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little unveiled a series of proposals on health care, the economy and regulation on Wednesday, saying they’re things he’d enact if elected governor in 2018. Little is in a contested race for the open seat Gov. Butch Otter will leave when he retires after next year; other big-name Republicans already in the race are GOP…


Little says if he’s elected Idaho governor, ‘Idaho will act’ on health care

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little unveiled a series of proposals on health care, the economy and regulation on Wednesday, saying they’re things he’d enact if elected governor in 2018.


Independent Agnew joins 2018 Congressional race that is far from solidified

Eric Agnew, a 39-year-old manager at Itron Inc., says he hopes to take advantage of a districtwide swing to the left following the 2016 campaign that he believes won’t be wide enough to elect a Democrat. Two other independents who’ve filed since 2012 have failed to earn more than 15 percent of the primary vote.


Rep. Eric Redman won’t seek another term, will ‘term-limit’ himself

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year. “I’m going to term-limit myself,” said Redman, who’s in his second two-year term. “I would be 73 in my third term, and I just feel that’s plenty old…


North Idaho Rep. Redman won’t seek another term, will ‘term-limit’ himself

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year.


Idaho’s shrinking distinction: our lack of financial disclosure laws…

In my Sunday column: Idaho’s distinction for lacking financial disclosure laws, now that we’re one of just two states without them; Otter on grocery tax decision; the money race for 1st CD; and Yates launches bid for lieutenant governor, joining crowded race…


GOP candidates for governor speak out on Trump, taxes, health care

With 10 months to go until the Idaho gubernatorial election, the race’s three Republican candidates answered a series of business-centric questions Friday during a forum held at the state GOP’s summer meeting. Convened by the local business community, the intent of the forum was to clarify where each candidate stood on issues…


Eye on Boise: Vermont’s new disclosure law makes Idaho one of just two states without

Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or other elected or appointed officials. Idaho had been one of three states with that distinction. Now it’s just Idaho and Michigan.