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Doug Clark: Turn ‘County Crank’ sign prank into cash for food bank

I have a hundred – do I hear $200? Yes. That’s two hundred. Read more

Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices

BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all statewide offices that echoed results in Idaho elections since 2006. Democrats picked up one seat in the state Legislature thanks to upsets in Moscow and Lewiston, but GOP dominance of the Idaho Statehouse remained otherwise unchanged: 80 percent of seats went to Republicans, down from 81 percent. Read more

Mapping the Vote: 6th District Senate race

Incumbent Sen. Mike Baumgartner topped Democratic challenger Rich Cowan in most precincts outside the city of Spokane. Inside the city, Cowan picked up votes in some South Hill and Northside precincts but Baumgartner showed strong in others. Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County votes for Congress

The pattern for the U.S. House candidates in Spokane County was similar to those for most county offices. Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas captured some precincts in the city of Spokane, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers won almost everywhere else. For a closer look at the… Read more

Republicans roll in Idaho - again

Here’s a link to my full day-after story at on Idaho’s election results. It took until this morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn’t very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn’t consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,… Read more

Idaho Dems chair: ‘We are strong and getting stronger’

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck, in a statement today, said the close race for state superintendent of schools was “a testament to the fact that we ran strong despite an adverse election climate,” that saw big GOP wins both in Idaho and nationwide. Kenck… Read more

Otter: ‘It says something great about Republican principles’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in brief comments late last night to KTVB-TV, pondered his re-election to a rare consecutive third four-year term. “This is the first one in the 21st century,” he said. “What I believe it says, it says something great about Republican principles,… Read more

Ybarra statement: ‘I am honored and proud’

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s newly, and narrowly, elected state superintendent of schools, has issued this statement: “First I want to thank my family for standing by my side and for all of their love and support. I want to give a huge thank you to all… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane county treasurer

In a pattern that became familiar in Tuesday’s election, Republican County Treasurer Rob Chase carried most of the precincts outside of the city of Spokane, while Democratic challenger Amy Biviano won much of the city. For a better view of the results, click on the… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County auditor

Auditor Vicky Dalton escaped the fate of other Democrats running for office, beating Republican challenger Alene Lindstrand by extending her winning vote totals beyond the city of Spokane to much of the other county precincts Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County clerk

Here’s how the precinct votes broke down in the race between Tim Fitzgerald and Mary Wissink for Spokane County clerk. For a closer look, click on the document below. Read more

Balukoff concedes to Otter in gov’s race

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, has conceded the election to GOP Gov. Butch Otter; Balukoff said he offered Otter his congratulations in a late-night phone call. “Being governor is often a thankless job, and I commend Gov. Otter for his public service,” Balukoff… Read more

The Wednesday Slice question

To what extent do you care about politics on the other side of the state line? Read more

Ybarra wins close race after long night of vote-counting

The results from Tuesday’s election are finally complete, and Republican Sherri Ybarra has defeated Democrat Jana Jones for state school superintendent by 5,715 votes, a razor-thin 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent. Here’s a link to our full story at on the results in Idaho’s… Read more

Looks like superintendent race results won’t be clear ‘til morning…

This picture from the Ada County elections office at 2:15 a.m. shows bins of ballots still waiting to be counted; at this point, just 48 percent of the vote in Ada County has been counted, and it’s by far the largest county in the state,… Read more

Republican Governors Association spent $1.2M on anti-Balukoff ads

The Republican Governors Association spent $1.2 million on an advertising campaign aimed at tying Democratic candidate for Idaho governor A.J. Balukoff, a Mitt Romney supporter, to President Barack Obama. “The Republican Governors Association was a key investor in Governor Otter’s re-election victory, spending $1.2 million… Read more

Otter retains office; Ybarra holds slim lead

BOISE – Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools was too close to call at press time. First-time Republican candidate Sherri Ybarra narrowly led Democrat Jana Jones, a former chief deputy state superintendent, in early returns in the superintendent’s race, the state’s closest race. Read more

Spokane County voters favor GOP candidates

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners will retain its all-Republican tilt after incumbent Al French beat down a tough challenge from political newcomer Mary Lou Johnson with 53 percent of the vote Tuesday. “That was actually better than our numbers showed,” a hoarse French said Tuesday night at the Davenport Hotel, where the Republican Party celebrated a spate of victories that secured their continued control of county offices. “We’re really glad the voters saw value in what we’ve done to bring jobs into the community.” Read more

Shawn Vestal: Dave Wilson still believes in voice of independence

The most intriguing candidacy in our region came from someone who didn’t make it to Tuesday’s main event. Dave Wilson ran as an independent for Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ seat – a seat in which she has proven once again to be as safe as a bubble-wrapped tricyclist. From the first, Wilson’s candidacy seemed like a challenge to voters to put our ballots where our mouths are. He staked out positions that were clearly located between the poles, he steered clear of the unproductively divisive dead ends, and he said practical, obvious things that flouted the conventional and intentional horse puckey that comprises 97.4 percent of all campaign speech. Read more