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Tuesday, January 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Sunday column: From the odd to the bizarre…

In my Sunday column this week, there’s the odd – GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador claiming that the health care bill the Idaho House refused to debate last year was “Medicaid expansion” and would have added thousands of “able-bodied adults” to the Medicaid rolls, when…


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House rather than debated and voted up or down on Wednesday, “There’s no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare.”


Local Democrats to meet to elect state delegates, adopt platform

Democrats in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th Legislative Districts are invited to attend the party’s biennial legislative district caucus and convention Saturday morning in the gym of Cheney Middle School.


Labrador claims Idaho Health Care Plan bill was ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador has just sent out a statement headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House today, “There’s no question…


Democrats eye West Plains seats following departure of Sen. Michael Baumgartner

A trio of Democrats has filed for office in the state’s 6th Legislative district, which encompasses much of the West Plains. They’re spurred by Demcoratic victories in early contests and what appears to be a contested Congressional race in Eastern Washington, as well as a somewhat open field following the announced departure of Sen. Michael Baumgartner.


Democratic governor candidates begin collecting endorsements

A string of recent high-profile endorsements inside Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial race is offering insight on where the candidates plan on drawing their support. Former state lawmaker Paulette Jordan announced today she had secured support from Democracy for America in her bid to be Idaho’s next governor…


Republican enters race for Congress against McMorris Rodgers, Brown

Jered Bonneau has been homeless, rallied for the Bundy family in their standoff with federal officials and will now run under the GOP banner for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. “I think that we have a very politically stagnant district,” the 31-year-old mental health technician at Eastern State Hospital said in an interview Tuesday, a little less than two weeks after filing to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “Cathy’s not a bad person. She’s actually a pretty good person. A lot of people like her, she’s very personable. But there’s just this stagnant political feel about what’s going on right now.”


Candidates flock to file for Idaho’s May primary election

Idaho’s May primary ballot will be a crowded one, with an array of contested races from governor and Congress to North Idaho legislative seats.


Candidates flock to file for May primary election…

Idaho’s May primary ballot will be a crowded one, with an array of contested races from governor and Congress to North Idaho legislative seats; the filing deadline is just 10 minutes away at this point. Outside the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, former House Minority…


Two congressional hopefuls spar over drug sentencing laws in Idaho House committee

Two Idaho state representatives who are facing off in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat went head-to-head over drug sentencing laws this week, as the House Judiciary Committee sided with Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, and passed her bill over the objections of Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.


Dust-up over closed meeting on Idaho CBD oil bill prompts apology, political jabs

An Idaho Senate committee chairman apologized on Tuesday for violating Senate rules a day earlier by convening an impromptu – and likely illegal – closed meeting of his committee, over a move to force a hearing on House-passed legislation to legalize medical use of CBD oil in Idaho.


Little on CBD oil: ‘It’s got to be quality-controlled’

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, asked this evening about the brouhaha over the House-passed CBD oil bill that hasn’t had a hearing in the Senate, said, “Every bill that’s in every single committee chair’s office is subject to a call – that’s the rules.” As…


Labrador, Ahlquist issue statements on CBD oil bill

Both Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist, rivals for the GOP nomination for governor in the May primary, have issued statements on the brouhaha over the CBD oil bill in the Idaho Legislature, which passed the House but hasn’t had a hearing in the Senate. The…


Where they stand: McMorris Rodgers and Brown on gun control, background checks

Both Lisa Brown and Cathy McMorris Rodgers support bans on bump stocks, but some of their positions on other gun issues are significantly different.


House votes 37-32 for Rep. Scott’s bill to limit repeat bond issue votes

Here’s an article from Idaho Education News: By Clark Corbin The Idaho House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that would force school districts to wait a year after a failed bond issue before running another one. Sponsoring Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, said HB 639 is…


‘Staff error’ to blame for Jordan’s email claim that she’s ‘only Dem ever elected’ from N. Idaho

Paulette Jordan’s campaign says a “staff error” resulted in an email being sent out Wednesday claiming she is the “only Democrat ever elected” to the Legislature from northern Idaho. Jordan, who represented the 5th Legislative District from 2014 until she resigned last week, faces Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff in the May 15 gubernatorial…


It’s back: Scott brings new version of bill to limit repeat bond elections

The House State Affairs Committee voted 13-1 this morning to approve a new version of Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to limit repeat bond and levy elections – this time limited just to bonds. “This is the exact same bill we dealt with last week –…


Amid conflicting amendments, Rep. Scott’s bill to limit bond, levy elections derailed; link to full story

Coeur d’Alene Rep. Paul Amador successfully blocked Rep. Heather Scott’s amendment to her own bill limiting bond and levy elections on Friday, offering his own instead, and the bill ended up sidelined and may be dead for the session; you can read my full story…


Stevens County GOP, amid criticism from Democrats, pulls gun auction from event featuring Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The Stevens County Republican Party halted plans to raffle a semiautomatic rifle at an event where Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was scheduled to speak next month after outcry from her Democratic opponent.


Move to limit local bond, levy elections clears House panel on party-line vote

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to ban retries of local bond or tax levy elections, even with changes or reductions, for a year after voters reject them cleared a House committee Friday on a party-line vote and headed to the full House for amendments.