Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013
Betsy Z. Russell: Secretary of state candidates gain GOP endorsements
BOISE – It’s become something of an endorsement war lately among the GOP candidates for Idaho secretary of state, with Mitch Toryanski introducing Freda Cenarrusa, widow of longtime Secretary of …
THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013
Idaho governor mansion furnishings to be sold
BOISE – There likely won’t be a governor’s yard sale, but Idaho is quietly moving to sell the furnishings that filled its never-occupied governor’s mansion. “The basic supposition, really, is …
SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013
Eye on Boise: Crapo’s injuries draw attention in Washington, D.C.
BOISE – Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo drew some second looks in Washington, D.C., last week, but not necessarily because of his comments in the Senate. Instead, it was the …
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013
Gov. Otter: ‘More of the same’ in next legislative session
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising “more of the same” for Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – with a lean, cautious approach to new spending or programs, despite the …
SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013
Eye on Boise: Democratic ticket pleases ex-governor
BOISE – Former longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus was looking pleased, despite the chilly weather, as he gathered with a crowd of about 80 last week to cheer the launch …
FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013
Idaho campaigns feature stars: Christie for Otter; ‘Duck Dynasty’ for Denney
Sure, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is bringing in GOP political star Chris Christie for a fundraiser tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, but former House Speaker Lawerence Denney has stars …
THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013
Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled
BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2013
Democrat A.J. Balukoff launches Idaho governor campaign
BOISE – A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule have hurt the state’s education system and economy and …
TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013, 12:40 P.M.
Democrat launches bid for Idaho governor
A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho today, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule in Idaho have hurt the state’s education system and economy and created …
SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013
Eye on Boise: Interest in Idaho secretary of state’s job mounting
BOISE – Just a week after longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced that he’d retire rather than seek another four-year term in 2014, the list of those considering …
SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to retire in 2015
BOISE – Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced Friday that he’s decided not to seek a fourth term in the office, choosing instead to retire. Ysursa, 64, is …
SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013
Rep. Raul Labrador says ‘it’s not the time’ for immigration legislation
BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who has been at the center of talks in Congress on immigration reform, says he now believes reform likely won’t happen this year …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013
Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters
BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are …
SUNDAY, OCT. 27, 2013
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s per-capita taxes among lowest in country
BOISE – Idaho’s tax burden per capita ranks 49th in the nation, according to the latest results from an annual study by the Idaho State Tax Commission. It’s the lowest …
SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 2013
Idaho secretary of state candidate Denney would see pension spike
BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose pension benefits would soar by more than 600 percent if he wins his bid for secretary of state, personally killed legislation …
FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013
Lawerence Denney seeks Idaho Secretary of State post
BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, now a state representative from Midvale, launched his campaign for Idaho Secretary of State on Thursday, even as current GOP Secretary of …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 22, 2013
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s first lady mending from surgery
BOISE – Idaho first lady Lori Otter is recovering from successful shoulder surgery after an injury suffered while calf-roping last month. Gov. Butch Otter reported this past week that the …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2013
Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized
BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2013
Eye on Boise: Sens. Crapo, Risch to host online town halls
Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, have scheduled “tele-town hall” meetings in the coming week. Risch’s will be on Monday, and Crapo’s on Wednesday, both starting …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 1, 2013
Journalist Louise Shadduck helped transform Idaho
Louise Shadduck was a well-known Coeur d’Alene author and longtime journalist, but when she died in 2008, her pastor at First Presbyterian Church was stunned when he walked into the …
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 7:41 A.M.
Rep. Simpson loses 68 pounds, launches ‘Hike with Mike’ challenge
Idaho 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson has lost 68 pounds in the past 18 months, the Idaho Statesman’s Washington bureau reporter Rob Hotakainen writes, and is in training to hike …
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” includes a roundup of the events of the past week, including comments on the election results from Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Chuck Winder and Ada County commissioner …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 3:52 P.M.
Primary takes out three N. Idaho lawmakers, independent campaign may have backfired
Here’s my full day-after election story from Spokesman.com on the final results and fallout: Primary takes out three North Idaho lawmakers By Betsy Z. Russell Three North Idaho lawmakers lost …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 3:31 P.M.
Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary in District 1; will face Rep. Sage Dixon
Write-in candidate Stephen Howlett has defeated Bob Vickaryous to become the Democratic nominee for the District 1 House seat now held by Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay; the two will face …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 1:36 P.M.
No automatic recounts in close Idaho races; loser could request recount and pay the cost…
With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts. Betsie Kimbrough, state elections director in the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, has this …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 8:57 A.M.
Final results: Seven GOP lawmakers ousted; Brody and McKenzie head to runoff for SupCourt
Here’s a link to the final, unofficial results of yesterday’s Idaho primary election, with all precincts reporting. When the dust settled, seven sitting Republican lawmakers had been knocked off in …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 11:39 P.M.
Chmelik ousted from Idaho County commission seat in GOP primary
Controversial Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik, leader of the state’s movement to try to wrest ownership of federal public lands away to the state, has lost his county commissioner seat, …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 11:32 P.M.
Three N. Idaho incumbents who trail challengers scored in top 10 on ‘Freedom Index’
Despite a big push by Idaho Freedom Action, the campaigning arm of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, it appears the group’s most-favored candidates are losing in North Idaho legislative races tonight. …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:53 P.M.
Crapo, Labrador coast to wins; most North Idaho lawmakers leading, but Sims trails in early returns
Here’s my full story from spokesman.com on the congressional and North Idaho legislative results: BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador cruised easily through the …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:03 P.M.
Brody, leading in Idaho Supreme Court race: ‘It’s an affirmation’
The only trend that’s been clear in results in the four-way Idaho Supreme Court race all night tonight: Robyn Brody has been out ahead all evening. The other three candidates …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:42 P.M.
Labrador on GOP primary win: ‘Conservative principles matter’
The AP has called the congressional races in Idaho’s GOP primary, naming the winners as incumbents Raul Labrador, Mike Simpson and Mike Crapo. Crapo was unopposed; both Labrador and Simpson …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:35 P.M.
Piotrowski, leading Dems race for District 1 congressional seat: ‘Conventional wisdom won’t work this year’
Only the very earliest results are in now – just 1 percent of the precincts – but they’re pretty clear in the congressional races, including the three-way Democratic primary for …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:12 P.M.
Idaho GOP chair: ‘Our values are better than their values’
The program tonight at the Idaho GOP’s election-night gathering started with a prayer offered by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who said in part, “Please ask those that are here that …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:59 P.M.
Brody: ‘I feel like I’m waiting for a jury to come back’
Robyn Brody, candidate for the Idaho Supreme Court, stopped by both the Democratic and Republican party election-night gatherings this evening, with sons Jackson, 10, and Cooper, 8, in tow; she …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:47 P.M.
At GOP gathering, walls are festooned with campaign signs galore
Here’s the scene at the Idaho GOP’s election-night watch party at the Riverside Hotel, where the room is festooned with campaign signs for Republican candidates, from Congressmen Mike Simpson and …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 7:40 P.M.
Crowds gathering to await election results; Dems gather at Crooked Fence Barrelhouse
The polls have closed in southern Idaho, but not yet in northern Idaho. But already, crowds are gathering at both the Democratic and Republican party election-night watch parties in Boise. …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 8:19 A.M.
It’s Election Day - time to vote…
This is it – it’s Election Day, time to vote. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s voter information online here from the Idaho Secretary of State’s …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 6 P.M.
Idaho ‘Integrity’ PAC files last-minute spending report
A political action committee under investigation in Idaho for suspicious campaign contributions failed to report more than $9,000 in expenditures until the day before the May 17 primary election. The …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
Denney urges Idahoans to vote tomorrow
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney isn’t offering a turnout prediction for tomorrow’s Idaho primary election, but he is urging people to vote. “I think there are some very interesting …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 2:01 P.M.
Under the radar: Tomorrow’s primary election includes 92 contested precinct committee races in Ada alone
Throughout an area of northeast Boise, hand-printed yellow signs by the roadsides tout “Joel Robinson for Precinct Committeeman.” So, what’s that? Political parties have precinct chairs for every voting precinct, …