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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…