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  • Thu., April 15, 2010, 10:40 a.m.

    Idaho campaign ad features borrowed pickup

    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 core values. …


  • Wed., April 14, 2010

    Former governor stands up for Ward

    CALDWELL, Idaho – Phil Batt wasn’t Idaho’s flashiest governor, but the onion farmer from Wilder was one of its most respected, both for his fiscal restraint and his political vision. …


  • Tue., April 13, 2010, 4:19 p.m.

    Former Idaho Gov. Batt calls for fiscal restraint

    Phil Batt wasn’t Idaho’s flashiest governor, but the onion farmer from Wilder was one of its most respected, both for his fiscal restraint and his political vision. So when Batt, …


  • Tue., April 13, 2010

    Otter coming to Spokane tax day rally

    When the Tea Party of Spokane holds its first-anniversary celebration and rally at the Spokane Convention Center on Thursday – tax day – its lead speaker will be Idaho Gov. …


  • Fri., April 9, 2010

    Sandpoint woman represents best face of tea party movement

    Pam Stout is not what you might expect from the most famous tea partier in the land. She talks proudly of helping people through a couple social programs she worked …


  • Sun., April 4, 2010

    Democrats surprisingly uneasy about Murray

    OLYMPIA – Democrats may be paying Dino Rossi the ultimate compliment. He is not a candidate against Patty Murray – not yet, anyway, and possibly not ever – but they …


  • Sat., April 3, 2010

    Spouse of prosecutor’s race donor facing charges

    A candidate for Spokane County prosecutor has accepted a $500 campaign contribution from the wife of a man being prosecuted by the office he wants to oversee. Records show that …


  • Wed., March 31, 2010

    Palin endorses Ward in Idaho race

    BOISE – Sarah Palin has endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho’s 1st U.S. Congressional District GOP primary, adding oomph to a race in which the two leading contenders have been trying …


  • Tue., March 30, 2010, 3:09 p.m.

    Sarah Palin endorses Idaho candidate

    Sarah Palin has endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District GOP primary, adding oomph to a race in which the two leading contenders have been trying to out-conservative each …


  • Sat., March 20, 2010

    Sali back at Capitol to testify, endorse

    BOISE – Controversial former U.S. Rep. Bill Sali resurfaced in Idaho politics on Friday, testifying against child immunizations at a state House committee he once chaired and scheduling a Statehouse …


  • Sat., March 20, 2010

    Dozens file candidacy for Idaho offices

    BOISE – Idahoans will have a full slate of candidates to choose from in both their May 25 primary election and the general election in November for offices including governor, …


  • Tue., Feb. 23, 2010

    Center for Justice loses lawyer

    Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation Monday, citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for …


  • Mon., Feb. 22, 2010

    Weighing in

    The 2010 election is still nearly nine months away but the early posturing in the race for Spokane County prosecutor brought a flurry of reaction from readers, with some calling …


  • Thu., Feb. 18, 2010

    Prosecutor challenger fired

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation. Tucker met with Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens early in …


  • Wed., Feb. 17, 2010, 5:14 p.m.

    Spokane prosecutor says firing ‘a management decision’

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation.


  • Wed., Feb. 17, 2010

    Democrat joins prosecutor race

    A Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Longtime local attorney Frank Malone is officially launching his bid to challenge Prosecutor Steve Tucker today. Meanwhile, Tucker is scheduled …


  • Fri., Feb. 5, 2010

    Tucker deputy wants top job

    Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens announced Thursday that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary. Both Tucker and Stevens are Republicans, and the battle already …


  • Fri., Nov. 6, 2009

    Indians official files to run for state House

    Andy Billig, the president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club, wants to play in a different league. He’s running for the state Legislature in central Spokane’s 3rd District. As ballots …

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  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 4:10 p.m.

    Apple not running for grammarian

    We don’t want to get too picky about grammar, but this mailer from Bob Apple is worth noting, if only because one of the errors occurs while making the point …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 2:46 p.m.

    Charity postpones fundraiser after protest from independent guv candidate Kemp

    The Idaho Statesman is reporting that Catholic Charities of Idaho has called off a scheduled Sept. 10 roast of the four major-party candidates for governor and the 1st CD because …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 9:25 a.m.

    Realtors endorse Minnick, Simpson, Crapo

    The Idaho Association of Realtors has announced its endorsement of the re-election bids of Idaho Congressmen Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson and Sen. Mike Crapo. Julie DeLorenzo, the group’s president, …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 9:17 a.m.

    Crapo wins small-biz endorsement

    The National Federation of Independent Business announced today that it’s endorsing Idaho’s senior center, Mike Crapo, in his re-election bid, noting that it’s rated Crapo as a “Guardian of Small …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 8:32 a.m.

    Eyes on Idaho’s 1st CD race…

    There’s more speculation nationally about whether or not the Republicans see Idaho’s 1st Congressional District as winnable or not, with the New York Times suggesting in a recent story that …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, 6 a.m.

    White, Chadez, Billig and Apple take stands on budget cuts

    Here’s the latest video of candidates from the 3rd Legislative District vying to replace retiring state Rep. Alex Wood.


  • Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 1:38 p.m.

    French ad on raceway sparks response from Salvatori

    My in-laws were in town last week and asked, “Who is Al French?”It was another indicator that French has been effective in getting his name out in the community.With eight …


  • Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 12:58 p.m.

    Sullivan heads to former CdA digs for free campaign fundraiser concert

    Former Coeur d’Alene restaurant owner Tom Sullivan, now an eastern Idaho resident and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, will return to his former establishment in North Idaho on …


  • Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 12:18 p.m.

    Minnick campaign: Franking rules specifically authorize voter info mailings

    Idaho Republican Party Executive Director Jonathan Parker says he thinks Rep. Walt Minnick’s flier to voters about new voter I.D. requirements crosses the line into a campaign mailing, but Minnick …


  • Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 10:54 a.m.

    Idaho GOP criticizes Minnick flier on voter ID

    The Idaho Republican Party is criticizing Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick for sending 100,000 fliers to Idaho voters Aug. 3 to inform them about Idaho’s new voter I.D. law, which now …


  • Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 10:34 a.m.

    Labrador confident despite Minnick boosts

    Despite high-profile boosts for incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick in the past week, from an Associated General Contractors endorsement to being the first Democrat since 2006 named a “Taxpayer Hero” by …


  • Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

    Labrador on ‘Young Guns’…

    Yes, I know this news first broke on Friday, but I was on vacation then, so here’s a link to my full story on GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador’s decision …


  • Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, 2:12 p.m.

    WA SEN: Republicans busy, busy

    Dino Rossi announced he’s picked up the endorsement of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who is one of the most visible and vocal fiscal conservatives in the Senate.Paul Akers has a …


  • Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, 10:27 a.m.

    County turnout nearing 16 percent

    Spokane County turnout — OK, turn-in if you prefer — is nearing 16 percent after this morning’s ballot sort.The county had its heaviest day last Tuesday, when it got more …


  • Thu., Aug. 5, 2010, 5:34 p.m.

    WA Senate race: Rossi outraises Murray in July

    The Associated Press’s Rachel La Corte notes that Republican challenger Dino Rossi raised more money in July than Democratic incumbent Sen. Patty Murray. Almost twice as much.But Patty Murray has …


  • Thu., Aug. 5, 2010, 9:40 a.m.

    More woes for would-be congressman David Fox

    Last week, Spin Control reported on the travails of David Fox, one of five challengers in the 5th Congressional District primary. Turns out he’s got a financial problem as well. …


  • Wed., Aug. 4, 2010, 5:44 p.m.

    Minnick endorsed by contractors, Labrador slams group as tax-raisers

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s re-election bid was endorsed by the Idaho Associated General Contractors today, along with its national organization, the Associated General Contractors of America. Minnick joined Idaho AGC’s …


  • Wed., Aug. 4, 2010, 8:11 a.m.

    Otter responds to Allred gas tax plan

    Gov. Butch Otter has dismissed Democratic challenger Keith Allred’s proposal for a 3-cent cut in Idaho’s 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax and a corresponding hike in fees on heavy trucks, saying it …


  • Tue., Aug. 3, 2010, 9:50 a.m.

    Campaign moves outside district to save money

    The AP reports that GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador has moved his campaign office outside the 1st Congressional District in a money-saving move, closing his Eagle office and moving into …


  • Mon., Aug. 2, 2010, 11:49 p.m.

    Allred calls for 3-cent cut in gas tax

    Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred aims to cut Idaho’s gas tax by 3 cents and says Gov. C.L. …

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