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Otter, Balukoff each report spending more than half a million on broadcast advertising in October

The 7-day pre-general election campaign finance reports were due by 5 p.m. today. Here’s what they show in…

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Ybarra’s education awards questioned

BOISE – Just one week from the election, revelations continue to emerge about a little-known educator who was the surprise winner of Idaho’s Republican primary for state schools superintendent, this time focusing on her claim to be a two-time “Educator of the Year.” Sherri Ybarra lists among her educational accomplishments “Educator of the Year 2005” and “Educator of the Year 2006.” But Idaho doesn’t have an Educator of the Year, nor has she been named Teacher of the Year, an honor that’s been bestowed annually in the state since 1959. She wasn’t even Mountain Home School District’s nominee for that state competition. Read more

WA Post views Z factor in 6th Lege District race

Only a few legislative races in the hinterlands merit a story in the esteemed Washington Post. So the candidates in…

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Today’s reports show more spending on pro-Otter, anti-Balukoff independent ads

Today’s tally of last-minute campaign spending shows another big broadcast advertising push in favor of GOP Gov. Butch Otter…

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Profiles examine candidates’ stands on education issues as election looms…

Idaho Education News has posted profiles of the two candidates for state superintendent of schools – Republican Sherri Ybarra here and…

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Ybarra’s ‘Educator of the Year’ award claim questioned

Sherri Ybarra, GOP candidate for Idaho state schools superintendent, proudly lists among her educational accomplishments “Educator of the Year 2005…

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AdWatch: New version of RGA anti-Balukoff ad drops debate video clip

The Republican Governors Association launched a new ad targeting A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, today, but…

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Last call for voter registration

Washington residents who want to do something about the prospect of poor turnout for the November election but aren’t…

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Brandt, Maurer stress experience in district judge race

The most expensive race for judge in Washington this year pits incumbent Spokane County District Court Judge Randy Brandt against local attorney Aimee Maurer. Although incumbent judges usually fare well in re-election bids, Maurer has gathered a large following from diverse political persuasions. She also has built her campaign around the Blueprint for Reform, a report released earlier this year from the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission that suggested the District Court was slow to change. Read more

Sunday Spin: Will WA remain among most ‘politically engaged’?

Barely a week goes by without some study by some expert or organization announcing how well or poorly it thinks…

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Legislature asking voters for advice on tax rate changes

Washington voters are asked their “advice” this fall on decisions the Legislature made this spring to change tax rates for marijuana and for some tribal lands. But the Legislature isn’t obliged to heed the results of Advisory Votes 8 and 9, and, if history holds, won’t even revisit the issues if voters say they should be repealed. Read more

Otter ad rebuts Balukoff’s CCA claims

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and defending Otter’s handling of a private-prison scandal. It’s the first time that Otter’s campaign has directly mentioned Balukoff in one of its ads, though two outside groups have been running ads attacking Balukoff and trying to tie him to President Barack Obama. Read more

More last-minute campaign $$: Otter collects, Balukoff antes, PACs start swapping money around…

On the last-minute campaign cash front, A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, had the biggest numbers today, not…

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AdWatch: Otter hits back at Balukoff, defends handling of prison scandal

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff, and defending…

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Otter met with CCA officials about understaffing issue in 2013, before recusing himself

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who said in two recent debates against challenger A.J. Balukoff that he “recused” himself from…

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Of endorsements and JFAC…

Two Idaho news outlets have been fact-checking GOP schools superintendent candidate Sherri Ybarra’s claim in a televised debate this…

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Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers clash on Obamacare, casino

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas clashed over Obamacare, minimum wage, the best ways to bring…

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Balukoff explains the bow ties…

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, stopped in at the paper's Coeur d'Alene office…

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Last-minute campaign money flying

It’s that time, the period shortly before the election when things happen quickly. Campaign contributions or independent expenditures of…

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Baumgartner will refund unintentional MAC contribution

Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner's campaign will refund $63.48 to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Foundation…

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