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  • MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010, 8:32 A.M.

    Last-minute attack targets Idaho court candidate

    An unregistered group calling itself “Idaho Citizens for Justice” launched a last-minute campaign attack against an Idaho Supreme Court challenger over the weekend, in the final days before Tuesday’s Idaho’s …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010

    Otter tries to swim above diverse gubernatorial pool

    BOISE - Butch Otter is among Idaho’s most-elected politicians, having served 14 years as lieutenant governor and three terms in Congress before being elected governor four years ago. But the …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

    Palin aids Ward, riffs on wardrobe

    BOISE – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the “lamestream media” and the liberal left as she gave an enthusiastic speech rallying voters for GOP congressional candidate …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010, 11:12 A.M.

    Palin bashes media, stumps for Ward in Boise

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the “lamestream media” and the liberal left as she gave an enthusiastic speech rallying voters for GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

    Vaughn Ward’s originality woes recur

    BOISE – Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward posted three new position statements on his website Tuesday morning – and portions of one of them, on the war in Iraq, …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

    GOP challengers bash Butch Otter

    BOISE – Two of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s primary election challengers lashed out at him Tuesday night, while Otter declined to participate in the debate aired live statewide on Idaho …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

    GOP Senate candidate gets farm aid

    SEATTLE – Washington GOP Senate hopeful Clint Didier is campaigning against big government, but he has taken government aid for his farm near Pasco. The Seattle Times reports he has …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010, 5:49 P.M.

    Raul Labrador stresses cost-cutting, energy in economic plan

    Idaho Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador on Tuesday unveiled a plan for economic prosperity that leans heavily on the state developing a more robust nuclear power industry and exporting this …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010, 10:43 A.M.

    Candidate’s words again match another website

    Idaho GOP Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward posted three new position statements on his website Tuesday morning – and portions of one of them, on the war in Iraq, matched nearly …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

    Justice clarifies status of Idaho schools case

    BOISE – Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick now says he misspoke when he said in a televised campaign debate that Idaho’s long-standing school funding lawsuit isn’t over. “That was …


  • MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010, 3:46 P.M.

    Justice speaks out on Idaho schools case

    Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick now says he misspoke when he said in a televised campaign debate that Idaho’s long-standing school funding lawsuit isn’t over. “That was a misstatement,” …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010

    Idaho candidates not so far apart

    BOISE – Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador, who are vying for the GOP nomination for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, have much in common, though they’re locked in a contentious …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010

    Court contender keeps ho-hum election interesting

    BOISE - Idaho’s May 25 election is not just the primary election - it’s also the final say on the nonpartisan race for the Idaho Supreme Court and an array …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

    Ward shakes up staff day after website report

    BOISE – Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s campaign stopped taking calls Friday and part of his campaign website remained shut down as his campaign manager, Ryan O’Barto, resigned and Ward …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010, 5:40 P.M.

    Big shake-up for Ward campaign

    Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s campaign stopped taking calls Friday and part of his campaign website remained shut down as his campaign manager, Ryan O’Barto, resigned and Ward announced he …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

    Ward’s statements have familiar ring

    BOISE – Five of the 10 position statements Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has touted as his own on a campaign website are word-for-word identical to statements on other candidates’ …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

    Billig nominee for Wood’s seat

    Democrats have selected Andy Billig, who is club president of the Spokane Indians, to serve as the nominee for state representative from the 3rd Legislative District.


  • THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010, 2:17 P.M.

    Ward’s position statements cribbed from other websites

    Five of the 10 position statements Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has touted as his own on a campaign website are word-for-word identical to statements on other candidates’ and congressmen’s …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

    Plenty of jabs in Idaho debate

    BOISE – Republican U.S. House hopeful Raul Labrador came out swinging at a debate Tuesday, criticizing opponent Vaughn Ward for his lack of political experience and for wavering on earmarks …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

    Amendment repeal issue stirs congressional race

    BOISE – After a week and a half of heavy criticism around Idaho for the idea of repealing the 17th Amendment – direct election of U.S. senators – one of …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010, 2:57 P.M.

    Dino Rossi: Champ of Freedom?

    Dino Rossi has a new title to add to his resume along with state senator, Ways and Means Committee chairman, gubernatorial candidate, U.S. senate candidate, businessman…Champion of Freedom.Rossi is so …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010, 2:01 P.M.

    WA state gets waiver for military ballots

    OLYMPIA — The federal government has signed off on Washington state’s request for a waiver to the time limit for mailing ballouts to troops and other state voters who are …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010, 11:15 A.M.

    CNN cites ‘rosy outlook’ in 1st CD race for ‘Tea Party’s favorite Democrat’

    CNN’s “Political Ticker” has a piece on Idaho’s 1st District congressional race today, headed, “A rosy outlook for the Tea Party’s favorite Democrat.” Its take: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick, …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010, 4:59 P.M.

    WA Sen race: Murray accepts 2 debates

    Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign said it is accepting two debate invitations, one in Spokane and one in Seattle, both to be televised around much of the state.Both would likely …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010, 9:55 A.M.

    Otter response: ‘It takes experience like mine’

    Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign issued this response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred’s comments this morning regarding the state budget and school funding. It’s a statement from Otter: “Mike Ferguson’s economic …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010, 9:52 A.M.

    Allred: Otter ‘botched’ budget, ‘cut schools unnecessarily’

    Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, says the latest official state revenue forecasts shows “Otter cut schools unnecessarily,” and said in a news release this morning, “New information about Idaho’s …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010, 2:45 P.M.

    O’Quinn calls for GOP unity, says job prevents her from endorsing Ahern

    Shelly O’Quinn, a Republican who lost her bid in the highly contested battle for state House representing the 6th Legislative District, said Wednesday that she is not allowed to endorse …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010, 2:08 P.M.

    Idaho GOP says it’s pulled back on funding campaign help for Labrador

    The AP reports today that the Idaho Republican Party has shifted gears and isn’t using one of its “victory” staffers to work to elect Raul Labrador to Congress after all, …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010, 12:01 P.M.

    Primary turnout tops 40 percent

    OLYMPIA — Washington voters turned out in impressive numbers — impressive for a primary, anyway — in last week’s election.With a few thousand ballots still to count, turnout stands at …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010, 10:58 A.M.

    Ahern makes lunch plans with O’Quinn

    Former Republican state Rep. John Ahern said today that his former Republican opponent, Shelly O’Quinn, called him on Monday to congratulate him on his second-place finish.Ahern said he’s grateful O’Quinn, …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010, 10:06 A.M.

    Akers endorses Rossi

    Republican Paul Akers, who finished a very distant fourth in last week’s U.S. Senate primary, is endorsing Dino Rossi in the race against Patty Murray.”We have an unusual opportunity. The …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010, 3:32 P.M.

    Docs endorse Minnick, Labrador signs ‘death tax’ repeal pledge

    In campaign news today, Democratic congressman Walt Minnick was endorsed by the Idaho Medical Association and the American Medical Association, the groups that represent doctors in Idaho and nationwide. “IMA …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010, 3:01 P.M.

    NYT, WSJ take notice of Idaho’s guv race

    The New York Times took notice of Idaho’s governor’s race on its political blog today, referencing a Wall Street Journal story over the weekend headlined, “In Idaho, GOP Incumbent Sees …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010, 12:38 P.M.

    Salvatori concedes, says Holy could top French

    In an e-mail to supporters on Friday, Spokane County commissioner candidate Steve Salvatori said a recount is likely in the primary battle for commissioner.But he added that he doesn’t expect …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010, 4:54 P.M.

    WA Senate race Friday update

    As predicted yesterday, Clint Didier did not endorse Dino Rossi this morning at a Seattle press conference. He did, however, lay down conditions under which he would endorse Rossi.Rossi, who …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010, 12:47 P.M.

    Chadez endorses Billig

    Lousie Chadez, who won about 20 percent of the vote in the four-way primary for the state House seat representing central Spokane, said this week she will endorse follow Democrat …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010, 9:50 A.M.

    More on the I.F. debate…

    Here’s another detailed account of the first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred on Thursday in Idaho Falls, this one from Times-News reporter Ben Botkin. Here’s an …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010, 4:52 P.M.

    Didier to announce…something…Friday

    Unsuccessful Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier will hold a press conference Friday morning in Seattle. To announce what isn’t exactly clear.Candidates who finish out of the winners’ circle in the …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010, 3:20 P.M.

    A spirited debate in Idaho Falls…

    In their first face-to-face debate of the campaign, Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred faced off in Idaho Falls before a sellout crowd of 300 today, with Allred …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010, 11:58 A.M.

    Allred, Otter get into it in Idaho Falls

    Wow. In a very lively, issue-oriented debate in Idaho Falls, Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred departed from the set format just now, with Otter using his final rebuttal …