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  • Idaho changes law after inmate makes presidential ballot

    Idaho has changed its election laws after a prison inmate in Texas successfully made the Idaho ballot for president in 2008, and a Ralph Nader supporter from Arizona won a …


  • Eye on Boise: Senator apologizes, evades being deposed

    Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last week for a recent drunken driving conviction but succeeded in heading …


  • GOP move puts Idaho primary in doubt

    Idaho’s Republican Party Central Committee, at its meeting in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, approved moving to a caucus system – like the Idaho Democrats’ – for its presidential delegate selection …


  • Idaho GOP opts for caucus, drops presidential primary

    MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho Republican officials say they will hold the state party’s presidential caucus vote on Super Tuesday in March 2012, when a number of other states across the …


  • Idaho GOP to consider dropping presidential primary

    BOISE – Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change that would have let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they’ll …


  • Idaho GOP drops plan to vet primary candidates

    Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change to let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they’ll consider plenty of other …


  • Idaho Senators offer new District 2

    BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two …


  • North Idaho senators propose redistricting plan

    Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for North Idaho that would eliminate the oddly shaped District 2, but would also lump two other senators into …


  • Idaho gets big boost in revenue

    BOISE – The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 …


  • Idaho revenues up, Otter loses bet to Andrus

    The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 million year-end …


  • Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

    It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


  • Schools could get cash infusion

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho school districts are cautiously preparing to restore several cutbacks after being advised the state likely will distribute about $50 million in one-time payments next month if …


  • Schools struggle to use student data system

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho’s new multimillion-dollar student data system is causing giant headaches at school districts around the state, and local school officials say it isn’t working. State Superintendent of …


  • Idaho schools could get some relief amid budget cuts

    Idaho schools could get about $50 million in a one-time payout in July, no strings attached, if state tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the state’s fiscal …


  • Lawmaker’s behavior has medical cause, lawyer says

    BOISE – The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …


  • Romney makes fundraising visits

    BOISE – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who swung through Boise for a private fundraising breakfast Monday, has lined up most of Idaho’s top GOP officials for his campaign’s “Idaho …


  • McGee ‘looking for promised land’ before arrest

    BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …


  • Romney lines up support from top Idaho GOP officials

    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who swung through Boise for a private fundraising breakfast this morning, has lined up most of Idaho’s top GOP officials for his campaign’s “Idaho steering …


  • Eye on Boise: Simpson relishes sticking fork in rule curbing potatoes

    Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans …


  • Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel hears border tales

    BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, …



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