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Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott facing challenger in Republican primary

Voters in North Idaho’s most northern district get a chance next week to either endorse the ultraconservative, headline-grabbing political maneuvers of Rep. Heather Scott, or select longtime Sandpoint resident Mike Boeck in the Republican primary election.


McMorris Rodgers launches ad campaign in congressional re-election bid

Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hits the airwaves and other media with campaign ads six months ahead of the general election in which she faces Democratic challenger Lisa Brown.


When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came in the closing statements. First, Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, lit into rivals Russ Fulcher and David Leroy…


Candidates flock to race for open Idaho congressional seat; link to my full story

An open seat in Congress, as Rep. Raul Labrador steps down to run for governor, has drawn a whopping 10 candidates to the primary election ballot – and poses a big challenge for Idaho voters as they prepare to make their picks on May 15….


Spin Control: MSNBC discovers the McMorris Rodgers/Brown race

When national reporters parachute in, some things are going to sound strange.


Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at the end, in the closing statements.


Judge rules former Rep. Kathy Sims should stay on ballot

Less than a week after she was knocked off the ballot, former Idaho state Rep. Kathy Sims was granted another chance to return to the Legislature. First District Judge Richard S. Christensen ruled Friday that Sims, the owner of Coeur d’Alene Honda who previously served…


Dems demand investigation into ‘The Idahoan,’ call for Denney to recuse himself

The Idaho Democratic Party is demanding an investigation into the statewide mailing of a 48-page candidate endorsement publication under the title “The Idahoan,” charging that it’s “nothing more than a campaign mailer intended to sway voters before the upcoming primary elections on May 15.” “The…


Washington should pay for ballot postage with emergency funds, Wyman says

Secretary of State Kim Wyman asks Gov. Jay Inslee to use emergency funds to pay the postage for ballots that are mailed back in the primary and general elections.


Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to read his essay on the attacks in front of a school assembly just a few days later.


Giant statewide ‘newspaper’ mailing backs far-right candidates, has ties to Esposito, Hoffman

Voters across the state received a fat 48-page newsprint publication in the mail this week – mine was addressed to “resident” – calling itself “The Idahoan,” and purporting to be a newspaper that is published only right before an election – complete with endorsements of…


Kathy Sims vows to fight removal from Idaho ballot

Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims is vowing to fight her removal from the ballot for failing to be a registered voter in her new district for a year before the election; but for now, she’s off – unless she gets a judge to rule otherwise.


Jordan: Campaign email wasn’t meant to mislead Idaho voters

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan is not apologizing for sending a campaign email blast that critics say misled voters to think she was endorsed by the Idaho Democratic Party. Jordan, a former two-term state representative and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday she did not intend to…


Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives, but not her fellow Idaho lawmakers

Twelve of the 16 Democratic state lawmakers who served with former Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, have endorsed her opponent, A.J. Balukoff, in the Democratic primary for governor, and the other four are staying neutral.


Sims says she believes she can fight ballot ousting, because she lived in same county

Former state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, is vowing to fight the Idaho Secretary of State’s decision to disqualify her from the ballot for not having been a registered voter in the Post Falls district where she’s seeking to run for a year – saying…


Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives, but not her fellow Idaho lawmakers

The Idaho Statesman reports tonight on how 12 of the 16 Democratic state lawmakers who served with former Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, have endorsed her opponent, A.J. Balukoff, in the Democratic primary for governor, and the other four are staying neutral. Three, including House Minority…


Democratic governor candidates talk wage gap in final debate

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan labeled her Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff as out of touch in their second and final televised debate on Monday. The 38-year-old Jordan’s attack stemmed from 71-year-old Balukoff’s promise to work toward eliminating the gender wage gap in Idaho — an issue that has become a priority for the Boise…


‘Food truck’ voting at Micron sparks complaint from Ahlquist campaign

Ada County election officials say an early voting location near the Micron campus is appropriate despite concerns raised by GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign. The state’s most populous county announced earlier this month officials would park a food truck-inspired voting station outside the company’s…


‘Instant racing’ initiative backers say they have enough signatures to make ballot

After hundreds of hours of knocking on doors, pounding the pavement and working the crowds at events, organizers of a statewide initiative to legalize certain gambling machines say they have enough signatures to get their proposal on Idaho’s November ballot, the Idaho Statesman reports. Save…


Facebook dust-up draws comments from Idaho’s first lady, Freedom Foundation…

A Facebook dust-up over the weekend drew sharp comments from a Twin Falls lawmaker, Idaho’s first lady, and the Idaho Freedom Foundation, the Times-News reports today. A post from Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, in which he criticized the Idaho Freedom Foundation and accused the…