Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
New district gets state-funded mailing
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012, 3:03 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
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 …
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
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 …
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
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 …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
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 …
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012, 2:03 P.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
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 …
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, 12:39 P.M.
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.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
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 …
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012, 8:07 P.M.
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.
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 …
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 1:51 P.M.
Idaho GOP slams Dems for objecting to state-funded billboards touting presidential primary
The Idaho Republican Party is slamming the Idaho Democratic Party for its complaint about the 22 billboards posted around the state by the Idaho Secretary of State’s office advertising the …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 4:36 P.M.
Labrador endorses Ted Cruz, though they differ on criminal justice reform
Even as 1st District Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador was speaking last night about criminal justice reform, the National Review was breaking the news that Labrador is endorsing Ted Cruz for …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 2:55 P.M.
Dems object to state-funded primary election billboards
The Idaho Democratic Party is protesting a statewide, 22-billboard voter education campaign launched by the Idaho Secretary of State’s office for the upcoming March 8 presidential primary, because the billboards …
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 6:37 P.M.
Labrador on criminal reform: ‘The purpose should be justice’
Raul Labrador, 1st District GOP congressman, told a crowd of more than 60 at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center tonight, “I believe that our bloated prison system is …
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 5:05 P.M.
Labrador to join ACLU, Freedom Foundation, UI tonight to discuss criminal justice reform
Tonight at 7, Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador, ACLU Public Policy Strategist Kathy Griesmyer and Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman will speak on criminal justice reform, on a …
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016, 6:49 P.M.
Idaho increasingly saying ‘no’ to local government control
This seems to be the year that Idaho lawmakers move against local control, considering an array of measures to restrict local governments or even local communities through ballot measures from …
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 4:45 P.M.
Labrador at forefront of gay marriage clash
When the U.S. Supreme Court last summer gave same-sex couples the right to marry, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho said Congress should move quickly to protect the religious liberty …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 5:17 P.M.
Labrador issues statement on Rand Paul withdrawal; he’s ‘disappointed’
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who served as western states chairman for Rand Paul’s GOP presidential campaign, issued a statement tonight on Paul’s withdrawal from the race, saying he’s “disappointed,” but …
TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016, 12:41 P.M.
Bill to move up party-affiliation deadline is dead
It turns out that voters who want to change their party affiliation at the polls for Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary will be able to do so after all. Legislation …
TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016, 6:23 A.M.
Risch campaigns for Rubio at Iowa caucus; Idaho tries to position itself for impact in nomination
As the presidential race focused on Iowa yesterday, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch was at an elementary school in Iowa Falls campaigning for Marco Rubio in the Iowa caucuses; Rubio finished …
FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2016, 8:46 A.M.
Ybarra’s school budget pitch draws high marks from lawmakers
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s budget pitch to lawmakers yesterday, in which she told lawmakers she wants a new education …