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  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 3:38 P.M.

    Idaho awards $180M school laptop contract to H-P

    Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho today signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard to supply …


  • UPDATED: MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 4:40 P.M.

    Idaho sues to force disclosure of secret donations

    Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa went to court Monday, seeking a court order to make a defiant secret-donations group reveal the source of more than $200,000 spent on statewide …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

    Labrador defends seat for first time

    BOISE – As Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador seeks re-election for a second term in Congress, he’s made a name for himself in Washington, D.C., as a tea party favorite …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

    Idaho lawmaker stands by calling public schools ‘Godless’ institutions

    Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement posted on his re-election campaign website in which he called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools. In …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012, 2:29 P.M.

    Latest school reform ad charges kids treated as ‘widgets’

    The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of the education reform propositions on Idaho’s November ballot focuses on Proposition 2, the teacher merit-pay measure, suggesting that Idaho’s state schools superintendent …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

    Bidding delays laptops for teachers

    BOISE – The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, already was supposed to be delivered to Idaho’s schools this month …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012, 10:54 A.M.

    Idaho laptop rollout slips further behind schedule

    The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, was supposed to be out in Idaho’s schools this month under the controversial …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012

    School reform ad takes quote out of context

    BOISE – A new ad promoting Idaho education overhaul recycles a 3-year-old speech from a retired union leader, using a portion of it out of context to bash those trying …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 10:28 A.M.

    Idaho school reform ad twists old video clip

    A new ad promoting an Idaho education overhaul recycles a 3-year-old speech from a retired union leader, using a portion of it out of context to bash those trying to …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

    Woolf named Idaho controller

    BOISE – A 40-year-old who started working in the office 15 years ago as an intern was named Idaho’s 21st state controller Monday. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter named acting state …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012

    Idaho to vote on measure ensuring right to hunt, fish, trap

    BOISE – Idaho has a measure on the November ballot to enshrine a right to hunt, fish and trap in the state constitution – a proposal that likely would generate …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012

    Eye on Boise: PAC didn’t overlook Nonini when making donations

    BOISE – In practically every legislative district in Idaho where there’s a contested race – and even one where there’s not – the Senate Republican PAC has made a campaign …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

    School reform ad’s donors undisclosed

    BOISE – Idaho’s campaign finance disclosure deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures – …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 6:47 P.M.

    Idaho school reform backers say they won’t disclose donors

    Idaho’s campaign finance deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures - and backers say …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

    New Idaho schools ad launched

    BOISE – The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws and focuses on what may be …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012, 3:24 P.M.

    Latest school reform ad hits union issue

    The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws, and focuses on what may be their toughest …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012

    Idaho school reform becomes personal

    BOISE – Here’s how fiery the debate over school reform has gotten in Idaho: After a forum at the City Club of Boise on Tuesday, state Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012, 3:09 P.M.

    Fiery debate focuses on Idaho school reforms

    In a fiery debate Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 450, Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna defended his controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws, while critic Brian Cronin …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

    Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

    The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Secretary of State predicts strong voter turnout

    BOISE – From a popular GOP presidential nominee with an enthusiastic base in the state to controversial school-reform referendums that are drawing attention to the balloting, Idaho’s poised for strong …