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Ahlquist tops field in fundraising, Little has the most cash on hand…

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial rivals last year, reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000. End-of-year financial disclosure reports were filed Wednesday with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. The…


Little, Ahlquist laud signing of unemployment insurance tax cut bill today

Two of the three leading GOP candidates for governor issued statements today lauding the signing of HB 335, the unemployment insurance tax cut bill for Idaho employers; here are the full statements from Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist: LITTLE:…


Tribes won’t renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals, saying they do not use pari-mutuel wagering…


2nd GOP candidate now favors term limits, financial scrutiny of elected officials

A second leading Republican candidate for governor now says he would pursue term limits, some form of financial disclosure requirements and other reforms targeting Idaho politicians. The proposals by U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador come on the heels of the Republican-dominated Legislature showing signs it will continue to resist such reforms. The House…


Moscow senator endorses end-times author for Congress

Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, on Wednesday endorsed conservative activist and end-times author Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry in Idaho’s 1st District GOP congressional primary, a race already crowded with a slew of other better-known Idaho Republicans.


Cher endorses Paulette Jordan for governor of Idaho

Singer and actress Cher has endorsed Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan in the race to become Idaho’s next governor. Cher tweeted Wednesday that she met Jordan at the Las Vegas women’s march and said Idahoans would be well served under Jordan’s leadership…


Sen. Foreman endorses Snyder for Congress, who declares, ‘Every RINO must go’

Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, today endorsed conservative activist and end-times author Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry in the 1st District GOP congressional primary, which already is crowded with a slew of other better-known Idaho Republicans. Snyder held a press conference on the Statehouse steps today…


Independent Eric Agnew drops congressional bid, leaving McMorris Rodgers and Brown in the race

The candidate cited intense interest and big money as his reasons for dropping a long-shot bid to contest the seat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has held since 2005.


Labrador on govt shutdown over Dems’ demand to address ‘dreamers’: ‘Shameful political stunt’

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, issued this statement over the weekend on the government shutdown: “The Democrats are shutting down the government in order to give amnesty to illegal aliens. They are denying vital government services that American…


Rep. Paulette Jordan to take next week off to campaign for governor

State Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, will take next week off from the Legislature to campaign for governor, the Lewiston Tribune reports; she intends to bring in a substitute to cover for her for the week, so no votes will be missed. “This will allow me…


Balukoff calls for grocery tax repeal

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff called yesterday for the Legislature to introduce legislation to repeal Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. “The state is balancing its budget on the backs of working Idahoans every time they go to the grocery store and it’s time…


Labrador calls for waste, fraud, abuse hotline, investigatory agency

If elected, Raúl Labrador says he would reduce fraud and mismanagement in Idaho government by creating a hotline to anonymously report problems, and an independent special unit to investigate them, the Idaho Statesman reports. “There’s currently no easy way for citizens and whistleblowers inside government…


Ahlquist campaign decries defeat of disclosure bill

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, issued this statement: “Today’s failure by the House State Affairs committee highlights yet again politics as usual and the need to elect a political outsider like Tommy Ahlquist as Governor. Tommy has been championing the…


‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but AG says it may be unconstitutional; link to my full story

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the state, but the Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that raises serious questions…


‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the state, but the Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that raises serious questions about whether the measure is constitutional.


Ahlquist on unemployment tax cut: ‘Glad to see that in an election year they’re getting it done’

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist issued this statement on today’s House passage of HB 335, the unemployment insurance tax cut: “I commend the House of Representatives for taking leadership and expediting the passage of this bill to provide long overdue tax relief to Idaho small…


MLK rally speakers call out Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ hecklers

While it’s intended to be a celebration and remembrance for the late reverend, Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March quickly turned political when two candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives took the stage


State treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already raised nearly $100K

GOP Idaho state treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already filed his campaign finance report for 2017, which isn’t due ‘til Jan. 31, and he’s reporting raising a whopping $97,696. Kealey, who with his wife Joy owns the Chicago Connection Restaurant Group and operates seven Treasure…


Ahlquist: $100M promise may not result in Idaho budget cut

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist says his high-profile campaign promise to cut $100 million in 100 days if elected to the position may not result in a reduction of the state budget. Ahlquist first announced his plans to trim $100 million of the state budget last year. During a radio interview with KLIX this week, Ahlquist…


Labrador pushes bill to build wall

Raul Labrador and three other Republicans are introducing a bill that would let some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children stay for another three years, while also passing a host of other immigration-related measures Republicans have been discussing, including a $30 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and cutting legal…