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  • Idaho senator sends state-funded letter to new district

    Kris Sabo of Sagle was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, talking about Nuxoll’s record and thanking supporters as she …


  • Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

    Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil …


  • Republican newcomers vying for CdA seat

    With fourth-term Republican Rep. Marge Chadderdon of Coeur d’Alene stepping down, the only contested race in the primary for Idaho’s legislative District 4 this year is between the two young …


  • Idaho’s District 3 drawing challenges in GOP

    For the last two elections, one North Idaho legislative district saw few contested races, as popular incumbents were repeatedly re-elected. This year is different, with fourth-term Republican Rep. Frank Henderson …


  • Labrador way ahead in campaign cash

    North Idaho’s freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven’t. Labrador’s pulling in PAC money …


  • Ex-state economist says school funding may violate Idaho law

    BOISE – Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report Friday on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current …


  • Report: Idaho school funding veering from constitution

    Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report today on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current school funding …


  • Idaho Democrats to caucus Saturday

    Idaho Democrats will caucus on Saturday morning to select their presidential delegates, and they’re inviting folks to join them at the gatherings in each Idaho county. In Kootenai County, the …


  • Bipartisanship in Congress sadly lacking, Labrador says

    BOISE – Idaho congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship Tuesday, saying the politics in Washington, D.C., are too tainted by partisan rifts. Labrador told the Idaho House and …


  • Labrador: Duty ‘transcends party affiliation’ in Idaho Legislature

    Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship today, saying the politics in Washington, D.C. are too tainted by partisan rifts.


  • Eye on Boise: Panel finishes agency budgets

    BOISE – Legislative budget writers have now set all state agency budgets for next year, finishing their work by setting the Medicaid budget on Friday. In total, the Joint Finance-Appropriations …


  • Many seek North Idaho legislative seats, including Hart’s

    In Idaho’s upcoming elections, North Idaho’s most-Republican legislative district will have a Democratic challenger vying for every seat.


  • Eye on Boise: Legislative races shaping up; Rammell files to run

    BOISE – Bombastic former gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has filed to run for the Legislature against freshman Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, and that’s just the start of the election news. …


  • Eye on Boise: Aging state equipment enters ‘duct tape’ stage

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s state budget recommendation calls for zero funding for capital replacement items, but lawmakers are concerned that some equipment replacement needs are too critical to continue …


  • Harwood won’t seek new term in House

    BOISE – Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year. “I’m not going to run,” Harwood said Thursday. “My wife’s …


  • State workers may get 2 percent raise

    BOISE – After four years without funding raises for state employees, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee voted Friday to give 2 percent raises next year to every permanent state …


  • Labrador launches re-election campaign

    BOISE – Idaho congressman Raul Labrador launched his re-election bid Monday, flanked by more than 30 state lawmakers and a bevy of the state’s top GOP elected officials, declaring, “Washington …


  • Idaho Rep. Labrador launches re-election bid

    Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador announced his bid for a second term on the Statehouse steps today, flanked by more than 30 state lawmakers who served with him when he was …


  • Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales

    BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …


  • Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

    BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …


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