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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.


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…