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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…


3 GOP governor candidates participate in final debate

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidates Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist continued to exchange jabs Monday in an otherwise familiar primary debate that covered education, health care and prison reform. Little — a three-term lieutenant governor — maintained Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter had successfully led Idaho out of…


Ahlquist wins endorsement from prominent young Trump backers Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk

Tommy Ahlquist, a GOP candidate for governor of Idaho, was endorsed by two prominent millennial Trump supporters on Monday – Charlie Kirk, who was the millennial director of the Trump campaign, and Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and YouTube star who rails against the Black Lives Matter movement.


Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims booted from May primary ballot

Former state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, is being removed from the ballot in her bid for a comeback in a Post Falls district, after the Idaho Secretary of State’s office determined that she had just registered in her new district in February.


Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


Medicaid expansion initiative backers say they’ve met their goal, measure should qualify for Nov. ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced today that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho. “We are overjoyed by the outcome of this petition drive,” said Luke Mayville of Sandpoint, co-founder of “Reclaim Idaho,” the…


6 GOP candidates spar in Idaho congressional debate

Republican candidates vying for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District on Sunday all promised to support President Donald Trump’s agenda during their latest televised debate. Former lieutenant governor and ex-attorney general David Leroy, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Luke Malek, Rep. Christy Perry and first-time candidates…


Candidates ready for tonight’s GOP 1st CD debate on Idaho Public TV…

Tonight on the Idaho Debates, six GOP candidates for the open 1st Congressional District seat will face off; the 90-minute debate starts at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on Idaho Public Television. After the debate airs, it – and all the Idaho Debates –…


The governor’s race: Big choices for Idahoans May 15 in both parties…

The stakes are huge – an open seat for governor of Idaho for the first time in 12 years. The competition is hot in both parties, with seven Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot, including big names who are duking it out for their party’s nominations…


Idahoans face big decisions in governor’s race on May 15

The stakes are huge – an open seat for governor of Idaho for the first time in 12 years. The competition is hot in both parties, with seven Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot, including big names who are duking it out for their party’s nominations. And the five front-runners – three Republicans and two Democrats – offer very different choices for Idahoans who will cast ballots on May 15.


Eye on Boise: Voter figures so far show just a small crossover in primary

How might crossover voting – people switching parties to vote in a different party’s primary election – affect Idaho’s upcoming high-stakes May 15 primary, with positions up for grabs including an open governor’s seat? There are some numbers available, but so far they don’t show a huge shift.


Ybarra, Dillon clash in spirited debate

In last night’s GOP state schools superintendent debate with incumbent state Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, challenger Jeff Dillon decried a lack of leadership and vision from Ybarra’s shop, Idaho EdNews reports, while Ybarra defended her record, dismissed some allegations as gossip and myth, and worked in…


Former Rep. Phil Hart ruled ineligible for District 7 legislative ballot; link to full story

Tax-protesting state lawmaker Phil Hart’s comeback bid is in doubt, as the Idaho Secretary of State’s office has ruled Hart ineligible for the ballot in his bid to challenge Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, in District 7 in the May GOP primary. Hart, who previously served…


Former Rep. Phil Hart ruled ineligible for Idaho’s May ballot

Tax-protesting state lawmaker Phil Hart’s comeback bid is in doubt, as the Idaho secretary of state’s office has ruled Hart ineligible for the ballot in his bid to challenge Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, in District 7 in the May GOP primary.