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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.


Idaho Rep. Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the voter-passed initiative.


New Eastern Washington poll continues to show tight race between McMorris Rodgers, Brown

The poll of 689 voters in Eastern Washington shows a three-point contest between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown approaching the six-month mark before the November elections. The poll was commissioned by a political action committee with heavy ties to Democratic candidates.


Sen. Foreman calls his own county a ‘cesspool of liberalism’

Idaho Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, at a candidate forum last night in Fernwood, referred to the county he represents in the Legislature as a “cesspool of liberalism,” the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports. “Latah County, particularly the university, greater Moscow area, is a cesspool of liberalism,”…


Figures so far show crossover voting not likely to have big impact 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…


Who’s the Trumpiest: Idaho GOP candidates embrace President Trump, despite earlier concerns

Many Idaho GOP candidates who are running in the May 15 Republican primary have been hailing Republican President Donald Trump, the Idaho Statesman reports, though many didn’t support him when he was vying against other GOP hopefuls for the nomination for president; Idaho actually went…


Despite win, GOP unsettled by narrow margin in U.S. House election in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state’s current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year. Tuesday’s narrow victory by Republican Debbie Lesko over a Democratic political newcomer sends a big message to Republicans nationwide: Even the reddest of districts in a red state can be in play this year. Early returns show Lesko winning by about 5 percentage points in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District where Donald Trump won by 21 percentage points.


All three GOP candidates for guv claim victory in last night’s debate

Less than half an hour after the close of last night’s wide-ranging and often testy GOP gubernatorial debate, all three candidates issued statements touting their performance and claiming victory in the matchup. Here are their full statements: LT. GOV. BRAD LITTLE: “Knowledge and Experience Prove…