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  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012

    Ad slams Idaho school reform laws

    BOISE – The hottest election issue of the season in Idaho – possible repeal of the state’s controversial new school reform laws – has yielded the first statewide TV campaign …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

    Idaho teachers will get earned merit pay

    BOISE – It turns out both sides were wrong: Idaho teachers who earned merit-pay bonuses last year under a controversial school-reform law will get those payments this fall, regardless of …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries

    BOISE – The northernmost legislative district in Idaho, District 1, saw some of the hottest election contests in the state in May’s primary, with tea party challengers trying to knock …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Hart’s Audi raises eyebrows amid bankruptcy

    When tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart filed for bankruptcy amid federal and state claims that he owes more than half a million dollars in back taxes, penalties and interest, papers …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

    Farris releases income tax returns

    MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Places marked in leadership races

    BOISE – When current Idaho House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, leaves the House to become a state tax commissioner on Monday, he’ll leave behind what’s shaping up to …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012, 4:03 P.M.

    Idaho GOP keeps its tea party platform planks

    Idaho’s super-dominant Republican Party was widely expected to swing back toward the middle this year, after tea party activists peppered the party platform two years ago with planks urging abolishment …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012, 3:16 P.M.

    Idaho’s school spending again ranks 50th in nation

    Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks 50th in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census, while Washington’s is 32nd, down from …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Labrador rips immigration shift

    BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, an immigration attorney who touted his expertise on the issue as he ran for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat two years ago, blasted President …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

    After failed House bid, Rammell moving to Wyoming

    Flamboyant former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell said he’s given up on Idaho politics and is moving to Wyoming after losing a state legislative race for a north-central Idaho seat …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012, 4:57 P.M.

    Rammell sells RV, dinosaur, moves to Wyoming

    Flamboyant former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell says he’s given up on Idaho politics and is moving to Wyoming, after he lost a state legislative race for a North Idaho …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012, 3:51 P.M.

    Idaho senator repays state for letter to GOP voters

    Campaign finance reports show that Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, has reimbursed the Senate for the cost of an end-of-session letter she sent out to Republican voters that touted …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

    Dems control Idaho tax panel

    BOISE – For the past three months, one of Republican Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s departments has been controlled by Democrats. It’s the state Tax Commission, which is constitutionally required to …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Twin Falls GOP committee hopeful draws party’s ire

    BOISE – Good grief – it’s happened again. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’s name, as …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

    Eye on Boise: GunPAC’s targets curiously chosen

    BOISE – Among the weirdest things that emerged from campaign finance reports in Idaho this week – which showed that House Republican leaders were funneling money from their leadership PAC …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

    Primary rivalry heats up in GOP

    BOISE - With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012, 5:50 P.M.

    Idaho Republicans turn on one another

    With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday revealed everything …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012

    Low vote turnout in Idaho feared

    Much is at stake in Idaho’s May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in the Legislature. Because Republicans so completely dominate state politics, many of …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

    Nonini donates to Cameron challenger

    BOISE – State Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute, $1,000 campaign donation through his political action committee to the primary election …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012, 4:29 P.M.

    Nonini backs rival to 11-term fellow GOP lawmaker

    Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute $1,000 campaign donation through his PAC to the primary election challenger of the sitting chairman …