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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… 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 consecuti… 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: … 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… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County auditor

Auditor Vicky Dalton escaped the fate of other Democrats running for office, beating Republican challenger Alene L… 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 cl… 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 … 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 … 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; … 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 candi… 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

Expanded gun background checks passing

Washington voters clearly want more extensive background checks for gun purchases but they aren’t sure whether they want to mandate smaller class sizes in their public schools. In a duel between competing gun proposals, Initiative 594, which extends the background checks now required for guns purchased in stores to most private sales as well, was passing Tuesday night with about 60 percent of the vote. Initiative 591, which wouldn’t let the state require more stringent checks than the national standard, was failing with about 54 percent of the voters saying no. Read more

Current legislative races tally: +2 for Dems

Here’s the caveat to tonight’s election results as they stand now: In Idaho’s three most-populous counties, Ada, C… Read more

Mapping the vote: County Commissioner race

In the Spokane County commissioner’s race, challenger Mary Lou Johnson is winning the city of Spokane, and incumbe… Read more

Otter thanks supporters, pledges to keep fighting same-sex marriage

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the crowd at the Republican Party election night watch party that he was reluctant to … Read more

Kootenai County voters give GOP wins

Kootenai County voters mostly backed Republicans down the ballot today, continuing a long trend of support for conservative candidates. Read more

Mapping the vote: How the park bond won

The Spokane park bond issue was passing handily around the city Tuesday night, picking up the needed 60 percent ap… Read more