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Idaho Legislature wraps up with pay raises at the top

BOISE – The Idaho House balked at proposed raises for top state elected officials for the next four years on Thursday, trimming them back to 1.5 percent a year instead of 2.5 percent. The move came as Idaho lawmakers wrapped up a 74-day legislative session, one day ahead of their target. Read more

Romney stumps for GOP candidates in Idaho

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stumped for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson in Boise… Read more

Retiring Idaho lawmaker Henderson backs Avista’s Gfeller for post

BOISE – Retiring Rep. Frank Henderson of Post Falls has endorsed Avista Corp. official Greg Gfeller to succeed him in office, as Gfeller heads into a hotly contested three-way GOP primary race for the seat. No Democrat is running, so the Republican primary on May 20 will determine the winner. Read more

Candidates enter Idaho’s May 20 primary

BOISE – Idaho is in for a busy election season this year, with positions from governor down to North Idaho legislative seats drawing multiple candidates before Friday’s deadline. The state’s primary election is May 20, and voters will have plenty of choices. At the top of the ticket, every officeholder except state Treasurer Ron Crane has drawn a GOP primary challenger. So have all but one of the North Idaho incumbent lawmakers in Districts 1 through 4 who are seeking re-election. Second-term Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, is unopposed. Read more

Balukoff comes out against guns-on-campus bill, privatizing prisons

Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff spoke out today against the guns-on-campus bill that Gov. Butch Otter signed into law… Read more

Troupis launches run for Attorney General

Boise attorney Christ Troupis, who represented the Idaho Republican Party in its successful lawsuit against the state to close the… Read more

Idaho lawmakers to keep special gun privileges

Idaho senators today killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials – including state lawmakers – to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Among the leading advocates of killing the House-passed bill was Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is running for governor. Read more

Election brings up past conflict involving former Speaker Denney

Former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who is running for Secretary of State, was involved in a conflict that sparked accusations… Read more

North Idaho lawmaker calls for ethics inquiry on herself after vote

BOISE – A North Idaho legislator voted against a bill that would have ended special protections from debt collectors for elected officials without revealing that she had personally benefited from that law. Now state Rep. Shannon McMillan, a second-term Republican from Silverton, has asked that the House of Representatives convene an ethics committee to look into her actions. Read more

Here come the nones

No, not a misuse of the word. “Nones” are the people who self-identify as religiously unaffiliated. And, yes, it… Read more

Eye on Boise: Lawmakers name stand-ins while campaigning

Two legislators who are running for statewide office missed most or all of the past week of lawmaking, appointing subs to serve for them while they campaigned. Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, who is running for secretary of state, named Howard Rynearson, of Payette, who is running for Denney’s seat, as a substitute for him in the House through Monday. Read more

Rep. Henderson joins former Sens. Hammond, Compton to form new ‘Job Creators PAC’

Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, has joined with two retired senators from his district to form a new PAC… Read more

Rep. Doc Hastings leaving Congress; enviros say ‘good riddance’

CONSERVATION —  Some conservationists didn't hide their happiness to hear that Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., is retiring after 20 years… Read more

WA lawmakers older, richer, less diverse than constituents

SEATTLE — A Seattle Times analysis has found Washington state’s 147-member Legislature is wealthier, older and less diverse than the people it represents. Read more

Ybarra joins GOP field running for state superintendent

Sherri Ybarra, a school administrator from Mountain Home, announced today that… Read more

Evan Frasure gets 2,500 foreign ‘likes’ on Facebook secretary of state campaign page

BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Evan Frasure said he was “flabbergasted” late Monday when he learned that roughly 2,500 of the 2,859 “likes” on his campaign Facebook fan page were people from Istanbul, Turkey. Pocatello City Councilman Steve Brown, a consultant for Frasure’s campaign, said he didn’t intend to buy overseas “likes” for the fan page. Read more

Frasure campaign’s Facebook fan page ballooned with likes - from Istanbul, Turkey

Idaho Secretary of State candidate Evan Frasure was “flabbergasted” late Monday… Read more

Eye on Boise: Idaho Parks has good, bad news for lawmakers

BOISE – The good news Idaho Parks Director Nancy Merrill had for lawmakers at the department’s budget hearing last week: Idaho has sold more than 95,000 of its new parks passports in the first 12 months of sales, “bringing in over $1,077,000 – and that’s new money.” The new $10 season passes, sold with vehicle registrations, also have brought more visibility and more visitors to state parks. Read more

Rep. Henderson to retire after current term, endorses Chambers for his seat

Five-term Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, who is 91, announced today that he won’t seek a sixth term in… Read more

Woodings launches Democratic campaign for Idaho Secretary of State

Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, announced her candidacy for Idaho Secretary of State today, saying as a self-described “voting geek,” she’ll… Read more