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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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Capitol footage in Otter campaign ad came from ‘Add the Words’ documentary

The Lewiston Tribune reports today that part of the footage in one of Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign ads came…

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Confusion arises over Idaho candidate Sherri Ybarra’s degree

BOISE – Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for superintendent of schools in Idaho, claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August. But in August, Ybarra had only been enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Idaho for one semester. That month, she received an educational specialist degree, not a doctorate. Read more

Doug Clark: Political pollution is grime against nature

Today we celebrate the winners of my Sign Gripe Contest, which rewards readers for picking the most hideous examples of real estate infected by campaign signs. Before getting to that, however, I would first like to name the contest’s undisputed loser. Read more

Spokane County Commission candidates at odds over urban growth boundary

The future of a neighborhood in north Spokane County has become one of the most debated topics in this year’s race for County Commission. Al French and his fellow Republican Commissioner Todd Mielke say expanding the urban growth boundary to include the area along U.S. Highway 2 is necessary to protect the Little Spokane River from sewage runoff seeping from aging septic tanks. The extension of the growth boundary, a designation that enables governments to extend services such as sewer lines, would solve a problem before it gets out of control, they said. Read more

Sixth District matchup offers opposites

For a while, it appeared Republican state Rep. Jeff Holy would coast to a second term in the 6th Legislative District without opposition, but Democratic challenger Ziggy Siegfried filed as a write-in candidate and collected enough votes in the August primary to secure a spot on the general election ballot. The two candidates are about as opposite as any matchup on the ballot this fall. Read more

Ybarra campaign on advanced degree: ‘She changed her mind’

Here’s a link to my full, updated story at spokesman.com on today’s news about state Superintendent of…

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McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas debate on Thursday

The second debate between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas will air Thursday night on KSPS-TV and…

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Ybarra campaign: Change in course of study led to different degree, still planning to pursue doctorate

Sherri Ybarra’s campaign spokeswoman, Melinda Nothern, said today that Ybarra had hoped to earn her doctorate in education by…

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Idaho schools chief hopeful Ybarra earned specialist degree, not doctorate

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools, has claimed throughout her campaign that she was working…

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Idaho schools chief hopeful earned specialist degree, not doctorate

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools, claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August, giving her a top educational credential when she’d take office, if she’s elected in November. But in August, Ybarra had only been enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Idaho for one semester. That month, she received an educational specialist degree, not a doctorate. Read more

AdWatch: In rare move, Idaho Secretary of State candidate hits the airwaves

In an unusual move for an Idaho Secretary of State candidate, Holli Woodings is running a statewide TV commercial touting…

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Candidates for Idaho’s top education job spar in debate

BOISE – Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first noneducator to hold the position – loomed large in the debate Tuesday night between the two educators vying to succeed him. “If you liked Tom Luna, you’re going to love Sherri Ybarra,” Democratic candidate Jana Jones said of her GOP opponent. “We can’t afford to have another four years of a superintendent who is well-intended but ill-prepared.” Read more

Otter seeks full panel review of gay marriage ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a larger group of judges to reconsider the recent decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ self-determination and the will of Idaho voters who decided that traditional marriage is a core principle of our society,” Otter said. The governor on Tuesday announced that he would file a petition seeking a review at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by an 11-judge panel. A three-judge panel made the earlier decision ruling that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden earlier requested that the 9th Circuit assign a full 11-judge panel to hear Idaho’s case, rather than a three-judge panel. That request was denied. Wasden didn’t join with Otter in Tuesday’s petition. Read more

Challenger puts limits on Spokane County District Court race

Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp has many advantages in his race for re-election. Not only is he the incumbent – running for his fifth full term – he also is running against a challenger who is purposefully limiting his campaign. Read more

Idaho schools chief rivals spar over Luna legacy

Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first non-educator ever to hold the position – loomed large in the debate…

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Closing comments from Jones, Ybarra

In their closing comments:

Jana Jones, Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent, said, “It’s been a great evening, and…

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Ybarra on voting history: ‘That’s my plan, is to repay Idaho’ as schools chief

Asked about her statement at an earlier debate that running for state superintendent is one way she can “repay” Idaho…

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Schools chief rivals spar over state budget, funding for schools

Asked about the budget for Idaho’s schools, GOP candidate for state schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra said, “Money has nothing…

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Rivals for state schools chief debate how to improve student achievement

In the “Idaho Debates” tonight on Idaho Public TV, Republican Sherri Ybarra and Democrat Jana Jones, the two candidates for…

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