Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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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 …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 9:36 P.M.
Vick: Idaho R’s appreciate a ‘consistent conservative’
Idaho state Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, was celebrating Ted Cruz’ Idaho win tonight, and grabbed a Cruz sign off the wall at the GOP election night watch party as …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 9:20 P.M.
Crane on an Idaho win for Cruz: ‘I hope he picks Marco Rubio as his running mate’
At least one TV network has now called Idaho a win for Ted Cruz in the GOP race, after he led with 41.5 percent of the vote with 47 percent …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 8:53 P.M.
Latest results: Cruz 41.7%, Trump 29.8%, Rubio 17.7%
Here are the latest statewide results from the Idaho Secretary of State: With 226 of 955 precincts reporting, or 24 percent, Ted Cruz leads with 41.7% of the vote, followed …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 8:37 P.M.
Trump takes Blaine County, with final results there…
Blaine County may not be typical of Idaho GOP voters, but it’s one county that’s finished counting all its ballots tonight. The results: Trump, 35%; Cruz, 24%; Kasich, 23%; and …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 8:19 P.M.
Rod Beck on why he’s chairing Trump campaign in Idaho…
Rod Beck, outspoken Idaho GOP activist and longtime closed-primary advocate, says he’s the Idaho chairman for the Donald Trump campaign. “I just took everything into consideration, and I think he’s …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 8:10 P.M.
First results: Trump leads, followed closely by Cruz
The very first Idaho results are out in tonight’s GOP presidential primary. With 21 of 955 precincts reporting, Donald Trump leads with 36.4 percent; followed by Ted Cruz, 32.9 percent; …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 8:04 P.M.
Idaho’s own Davlin discusses Romney robocalls on ‘Meet the Press’
Idaho’s own Melissa Davlin, co-host of “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV, appeared on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” today to talk about the election in Idaho, and the robocalls that …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 7:43 P.M.
Ben Fulcher, son of Russ, welcomes crowd at GOP election watch-night party
Ben Fulcher, state chair of the Idaho College Republicans and a senior at Boise State University, welcomed the crowd to the GOP election-night watch party tonight at the Riverside Hotel …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 6:44 A.M.
Today’s Idaho presidential primary, by the numbers…
A look at today’s Idaho presidential primary, by the numbers; just the Republican and Constitution parties are participating in today’s primary vote. Idaho Democrats will caucus on March 22. Polls …
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 3:09 P.M.
Democrat Piotrowski launches challenge to Rep. Labrador
Boise attorney James Piotrowski announced today that he’ll challenge 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. Piotrowski, a Democrat who is making his first run for office, said, “In the 1st …
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016, 6:07 P.M.
Crowd gathers for Rubio rally in Boise
People lined up to crowd into a chilly hangar near the Boise Airport this evening for a rally for Marco Rubio, after Rubio drew 1,200 at a similar rally earlier …
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 12:07 P.M.
Rubio, Cruz set Idaho rallies in advance of Tuesday primary
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will hold campaign rallies in Boise and Idaho Falls on Sunday, hitting Idaho Falls first at 5:30 p.m., and then Boise at 7:30 p.m. Both events …
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Elmore County GOP chair files to run for Rep. Nielsen’s seat
Megan Blanksma, a farmer from Hammett and current Elmore County Republican chairman, announced today that she’ll run for the seat currently held by Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, in the …
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 10:34 A.M.
New candidates filing for House include challengers to McMillan, Cheatham; two vying for DeMordaunt seat
Among new candidates filing for the Legislature so far today is Priscilla Giddings of White Bird, one of the nation’s few female fighter pilots qualified to fly the A-10, a …
MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016, 2:44 P.M.
Labrador files to run for for 4th term in Congress, says he’s ‘kept promise to change Washington’
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador filed for re-election today, seeking a fourth two-year term in the U.S. House. He issued this statement: “When I was first elected to Congress …
MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016, 1:23 P.M.
Rep. Bateman won’t seek re-election; Stevenson files for Rudolph’s seat…
Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, announced today that he won’t seek re-election to a 9th term in the House. “I would surely have run, but there are some family issues,” …
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 12:27 P.M.
Attorney General investigating ‘Integrity in Government’ PAC
The Idaho Attorney General’s office is investigating a political action committee. Spokesman Todd Dvorak tells the Post Register in a story on Friday that the Integrity in Government PAC is …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016, 4:58 P.M.
Dems: Denney has agreed to change billboards, under threat of legal action
The Idaho Democratic Party announced late this afternoon that Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has agreed to make changes to 22 billboards posted statewide to advertise the upcoming March 8 …
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 10:44 A.M.
Three Constitution Party candidates for president to face off in Boise debate
The Constitution Party of Idaho will hold a debate in Boise on Saturday featuring all three Constitution Party candidates for president – Scott Copeland and Patrick Ockander of Texas, and …
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 11:47 A.M.
House Ed Chairman DeMordaunt won’t seek re-election
House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term. DeMordaunt is in his third term in the House. “I came to the …