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Hart and Shepherd both seek stronger state’s rights in Idaho House of Representatives

UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

Phil Hart, the four-term North Idaho legislator defeated in a primary six years ago, is back before voters. The tax-protesting politician – who lost his house after a protracted fight with the IRS, which included allegations of seven years of unpaid federal taxes – will pay off his tax debt in nine years, he said.

Sims and Wisniewski aim for Idaho state legislature seat

UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Kathy Sims and Tony Wisniewski sat in the Coeur d’Alene Courthouse last Friday, awaiting a decision capable of ending the race between the two candidates almost two weeks early. But after a judge declared that Sims could restore her ballot spot – effectively ending a court battle over her residency in Idaho’s District 3 – Wisniewski, her challenger on the ballot, said he agreed with the decision.

Candidates flock to race for open Idaho congressional seat

An open seat in Congress, as current Rep. Raul Labrador steps down to run for governor, has drawn a whopping 10 candidates to the primary election ballot – and poses a big challenge for Idaho voters to sort through as they prepare to make their picks on May 15.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to read his essay on the attacks in front of a school assembly just a few days later.

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from other programs when the costs to fight the West’s escalating wildfires balloons, thereby cutting prevention efforts meant to reduce that trend – a bipartisan group of congressmen and top agency officials had a different tone when they gathered at NIFC on Wednesday: celebration.

Kathy Sims vows to fight removal from Idaho ballot

UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims is vowing to fight her removal from the ballot for failing to be a registered voter in her new district for a year before the election; but for now, she's off – unless she gets a judge to rule otherwise.

Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims booted from May primary ballot

UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Former state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, is being removed from the ballot in her bid for a comeback in a Post Falls district, after the Idaho Secretary of State’s office determined that she had just registered in her new district in February.

6 GOP candidates spar in Idaho congressional debate

UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Republican candidates vying for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District on Sunday all promised to support President Donald Trump’s agenda during their latest televised debate.

Idahoans face big decisions in governor’s race on May 15

The stakes are huge – an open seat for governor of Idaho for the first time in 12 years. The competition is hot in both parties, with seven Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot, including big names who are duking it out for their party’s nominations. And the five front-runners – three Republicans and two Democrats – offer very different choices for Idahoans who will cast ballots on May 15.

Eye on Boise: Voter figures so far show just a small crossover in primary

How might crossover voting – people switching parties to vote in a different party’s primary election – affect Idaho’s upcoming high-stakes May 15 primary, with positions up for grabs including an open governor’s seat? There are some numbers available, but so far they don’t show a huge shift.

Former Rep. Phil Hart ruled ineligible for Idaho’s May ballot

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Tax-protesting state lawmaker Phil Hart’s comeback bid is in doubt, as the Idaho secretary of state’s office has ruled Hart ineligible for the ballot in his bid to challenge Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, in District 7 in the May GOP primary.

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls clash in statewide debate

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

Idaho's top Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics.