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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.


Rep. Scott’s bill to limit bond, levy elections clears House panel on 13-1 vote

Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to ban repeats of bond or levy elections, even with changes, for a year after voters reject them has cleared the House State Affairs Committee on a 13-1 vote and headed to the House’s amending order, where Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise,…


Guv candidate Jordan’s legislative status creates quandary for her, Dems…

Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan’s on-again, off-again resignation could be back on again. The two-term Plummer Democrat faces Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff in the May 15 gubernatorial primary. She’s been trying to find a way to focus on her statewide campaign without leaving her 5th Legislative District constituents and the House Democratic…


Democratic poll lauded by Lisa Brown; Cathy McMorris Rodgers team skeptical

A poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has Lisa Brown running neck-and-neck with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the race for Eastern Washington’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. McMorris Rodgers’ campaign team called the results “bogus” and noted they were reported by a Democratic source.


School districts in Spokane County 21-for-21 in Tuesday’s special election

Voters approved every measure on the ballot in Spokane County in Tuesday’s election. Every levy by school districts with at least 100 voters in Spokane County passed with at least 59 percent support.


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown split on the wall, refugees and family migration

As the fate of roughly 700,000 children of undocumented immigrants living in America is debated on Capitol Hill, prompting the closure of the federal government last month, the two candidates for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress offer up their views on immigration policy.


Governor candidate won’t resign after all, names long-term substitute for Legislature

Gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Paulette Jordan will appoint a long-term substitute to fill her seat for the rest of the legislative session, instead of resigning as she announced earlier this week. Jordan, D-Plummer, is tapping St. Maries City Councilwoman Margie Gannon…


Top Republican strategist dissolves Idaho PAC; money flows to new group

An Idaho political action committee backed by a top Republican strategist and fundraiser has dissolved. GOP operative Carl Forti terminated Building Idaho’s Future, Inc. on Feb. 5. The PAC was considered to be backing one of Idaho’s top GOP gubernatorial candidates…


Rep. Paulette Jordan resigns legislative seat to focus on campaign for governor

Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, announced today that she is resigning her legislative seat to focus full time on her campaign for governor. “It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the people of Idaho. I cannot fairly serve my constituents and run for governor, therefore I am stepping down from my legislative seat. This is necessary to win the Democratic primary and to move toward victory in November. I’m all in for Idaho.”


Rep. Paulette Jordan resigning from Legislature to focus on campaign for governor

Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, announced today that she is resigning her legislative seat to focus full-time on her campaign for governor. “It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority…


Rusche endorses Balukoff over Jordan in Dems gubernatorial primary

Former Idaho House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, has endorsed A.J. Balukoff for governor. Rusche announced the endorsement last night during a Nez Perce County Democratic Party meeting in Lewiston. Balukoff faces state Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, in the May 15 Democratic primary for governor….


Candidate says election payments to family don’t violate campaign platform

An Idaho candidate for governor, who would ban political candidates from paying campaign funds to family members, gave his son-in-law $20,000 last month for campaign-related services. A campaign finance report this week for Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist listed the payment as an official campaign expense. Thursday, after questions from…


Lisa Brown surges in fundraising, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers widens money margin in Congress race

Both camps are claiming unprecedented interest and donations in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress. The contest between the House of Representatives’ fourth-ranking Republican and the former Democratic leader of the Washington Senate has already drawn interest nationwide.


North Idaho lawmaker wants limits on school bond retries

School districts shouldn’t be able to keep going back to voters after a bond or levy measure fails at the polls, Rep. Heather Scott told a House committee on Thursday.