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  • Mon., May 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m.

    Candidate now says he never backed 17th Amendment repeal

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


  • Sun., May 9, 2010

    Full GOP field to fill Clark’s post

    The hottest legislative race in North Idaho this spring is the four-way contest for the House seat in District 3 that’s opening up due to seven-term Rep. Jim Clark’s retirement. …


  • Wed., May 5, 2010

    Ad puts bailouts in spotlight

    BOISE – In a new TV commercial airing across the 1st Congressional District, GOP candidate Vaughn Ward says “the only way to stop reckless spending” by the federal government is …


  • Wed., May 5, 2010

    Idaho Supreme Court candidates spar

    BOISE – Two candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court matched off in a fiery debate Tuesday and immediately sparred over ratings released by the Idaho State Bar earlier in the …


  • Mon., May 3, 2010, 5:02 p.m.

    Ad says banning earmarks, bailouts ‘only way’ to fix budget

    In a new TV commercial airing across the 1st Congressional District, GOP candidate Vaughn Ward says “the only way to stop reckless spending” by the federal government is to “end …


  • Sun., May 2, 2010

    Trio makes run at Senate, not just incumbent Crapo

    BOISE – The opposition may not be particularly active or well-funded, but Idaho’s senior U.S. senator, Mike Crapo, isn’t going unopposed for re-election this year as he did six years …


  • Fri., April 30, 2010

    T. rex mascot part of Rammell rallies

    Idaho GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rex Rammell is headed to North Idaho with a giant, inflatable green Tyrannosaurus rex, which he’s displaying on a trailer behind his campaign RV.


  • Thu., April 29, 2010

    Idaho high court contests candidate’s statements

    BOISE – The contested race for an Idaho Supreme Court seat has heated up, with the court itself now issuing statements disputing claims from the challenger, Lewiston Judge John Bradbury. …


  • Wed., April 28, 2010, 2:56 p.m.

    Idaho’s high court decries campaign claims

    The contested race for an Idaho Supreme Court seat has heated up, with the court itself now issuing statements disputing claims from the challenger, Lewiston Judge John Bradbury. The court …


  • Wed., April 28, 2010

    Ward campaign discloses more assets

    BOISE – Republican U.S. House hopeful Vaughn Ward on Tuesday released a new U.S. House financial disclosure detailing about $110,000 worth of family assets he hadn’t included in a similar …


  • Sun., April 25, 2010

    Lowest number of bills introduced; 359 passed

    BOISE – Now that it’s all said and done, here are the numbers on this year’s Idaho legislative session: In 78 days, there were 816 pieces of legislation drafted, 620 …


  • Fri., April 23, 2010, 5:13 p.m.

    Income tax initiative to include same-sex partners

    Supporters of an initiative campaign to tax the earnings of couples making more than $400,000 annually want to make sure the state’s domestic partners are taxed at the same rate …


  • Wed., April 21, 2010

    Older Idahoans reliable voters

    BOISE – Idaho seniors have been hit hard by the recession, their incomes are low, their living costs are rising – and they’re very, very likely to vote. That’s the …


  • Tue., April 20, 2010, 4:01 p.m.

    Poll: Idaho seniors potent voting force

    Idaho seniors have been hit hard by the recession, their incomes are low, their living costs are rising - and they’re very, very likely to vote. That’s the picture that …


  • Tue., April 20, 2010

    Idaho official says candidacy valid

    BOISE – A North Idaho senator’s initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he’s not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, …


  • Mon., April 19, 2010, 4:27 p.m.

    North Idaho senator wants challenger off ballot

    A North Idaho senator’s initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he’s not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week …


  • Sun., April 18, 2010

    GOP candidates dispute how to fight health reform

    BOISE – Two of Gov. Butch Otter’s opponents in the GOP primary are critical of his high-profile legal fight against federal health care reform, and say they’d approach it differently. …


  • Fri., April 16, 2010

    Tea party in the park

    There may be plenty of disagreement in political rallies of thousands, but Oakesdale resident Ken Hanson’s opinion on taxes is one that was nearly universal at Thursday’s Tea Party gathering …


  • Fri., April 16, 2010

    Ward launches first ad in congressional race

    BOISE – The first TV campaign commercial of Idaho’s primary season is out, from congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, featuring him driving and leaning against a big Dodge pickup truck, talking …


  • Thu., April 15, 2010, 10:01 p.m.

    Tea supporters turn out for a party

    There may be plenty of disagreement in political rallies of thousands, but Oakesdale resident Ken Hanson’s opinion on taxes is one that was nearly universal at Thursday’s Tea Party gathering …

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  • Thu., Aug. 19, 2010, 11:18 a.m.

    Gov’s debate about to start

    The first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred is about to begin at the City Club of Idaho Falls. KPVI-TV has its live stream up here. When …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 5:29 p.m.

    Primary over. Lessons learned?

    Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 4:44 p.m.

    Write-in challenger files against Rep. Hart

    A Hayden, Idaho businessman has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s tax woes prompted him to jump into the race against a …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 2:49 p.m.

    Marr wins city, Baumgartner wins county

    This map of the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Chris Marr and Republican Michael Baumgartner indicates that voting went as usual in the 6th Legislative District. The Democrat won precincts …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 2:31 p.m.

    Treasurer write-in candidate likely will earn place on ballot

    Looks like Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg may end up with a challenger in the general election after all.Real estate agent Rob Chase, who ran for Congress as a Libertarian …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 2:13 p.m.

    Guv candidates have first debate tomorrow

    The first head-to-head debate between GOP Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred will take place tomorrow in Idaho Falls, at the Idaho Falls City Club. New University of …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 2 p.m.

    Former reality TV star takes over Otter campaign’s communications

    Check out Rocky Barker’s blog post here on how the Otter campaign has hired Troy McClain, who gained fame as the runner-up on the first season of Donald Trump’s reality …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 1:25 p.m.

    1st CD campaigns respond to new poll

    Here’s reaction from the two campaigns to the new independent poll that shows Congressman Walt Minnick with a 23.3-point lead over GOP challenger Raul Labrador:”I think it’s another example of …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 12:45 p.m.

    White has tough task in facing Billig

    The top photo is Andy Billig’s reaction to the announcement that he would advance to the general election.The next photo is Billig’s response to finding out he will face Republican …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 10:50 a.m.

    O’Quinn not saying if she will back Ahern

    After last night, it looks like it will be round two for John Driscoll and John Ahern as they appear likely to advance to the November election.At the Democratic Party …


  • Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 10:36 a.m.

    New independent poll: Minnick leads Labrador by 23.3 points

    Greg Strimple is a prominent Republican pollster and consultant who served as a senior adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign, and who relocated to Boise fairly recently, where he’s set …


  • Tue., Aug. 17, 2010, 7:13 p.m.

    Obama lauds Murray, takes shot at Rossi

    President Obama and Sen. Patty Murray talk with small business owners Tuesday morning at a Pioneer Square cafe. SEATTLE – President Barack Obama accused Republicans of driving the economy “into …


  • Tue., Aug. 17, 2010, 4:21 p.m.

    Last minute election details and tidbits

    Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said he expects to post election results around 8:15 p.m. and doesn’t expect further counting until Wednesday.Check spokesman.com for election updates. We’ll get them …


  • Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 4:15 p.m.

    Where they’ll be on election night

    Not sure if this says more about Spokane’s two major party organizations than anything we could, but, both have plans for gatherings on primary election night.Spokane County Republicans will be …


  • Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 1:41 p.m.

    Playing the lower expectations game

    Democrats in the other Washington are already trying to lower expectations for the kind of votes incumbent Sen. Patty Murray will pull down on Tuesday, and raise expectations for Republican …


  • Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 12:33 p.m.

    Catch the candidates: McMorris Rodgers, Parker on Monday evening

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and state Rep. Kevin Parker will be making presentations to the Republicans of Spokane County at 6:30 tonight.McMorris Rodgers’ plans to explain “Where America is …


  • Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 11:54 a.m.

    Where’s my ballot?

    The Spokane County Elections Office has an on-line tracking system that allows you to know where your ballot is in the processing system.You can reach it by clicking here and …


  • Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 11:44 a.m.

    Time running out to cast primary ballot

    8 p.m. Tuesday.That’s the deadline for getting your primary ballot on the way to the elections office in Washington state.And by on the way, that means postmarked, not just dropped …


  • Fri., Aug. 13, 2010, 2:58 p.m.

    Olson faults Luna for school science grad requirements shortfall

    Stan Olson, the Democratic challenger to GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna, is criticizing Luna’s move to do away with a standardized test on science as a graduation requirement in …


  • Fri., Aug. 13, 2010, 12:05 p.m.

    A party for the cast-aside Democrats

    The Democratic Party’s decision to endorse Andy Billig has made state House candidate Louise Chadez — despite her longtime affiliation with Democrats — feel somewhat of an outcast in the …

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