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  • Idaho schools race draws independent spending

    There are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc.


  • Ad Watch: Allred blames Otter for economy

    A new campaign commercial from Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, blames GOP Gov. Butch Otter for the state of Idaho’s economy, saying Otter “focused on helping …


  • Minnick, Labrador pile up cash for final stretch

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick had nearly half a million dollars cash left in his campaign warchest heading into the final stretch of the campaign, more than three times as much …


  • Idaho vote-by-mail initiative dropped

    Idaho Vote By Mail has called off its signature-gathering effort to get an initiative on the 2012 ballot giving Idahoans the option of permanently requesting an absentee ballot, saying it …


  • Idaho Gov. Otter pulls ahead in fundraising

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday reported raising $752,000 in campaign funds in the past four months, while his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, raised $372,500.


  • Labrador ad tries to tie Minnick, Pelosi

    Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador on Tuesday launched a TV ad trying to portray Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick as a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President …


  • Allred calls GOP attack ad a ‘distortion’

    The Idaho Republican Party has launched an attack ad against Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, charging that he’d tax everything from child care to church bake sales, a claim …


  • Ad Watch: Allred ad targets Otter for school cuts

    Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is going after incumbent Butch Otter with a new TV commercial targeting Otter for this year’s school funding cuts.


  • Otter targets LDS vote with Romney visit

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter brought in former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to stump for him Wednesday in Idaho Falls and Boise, in an effort to pump up support among LDS …


  • New Minnick ad again hits Labrador on immigration

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday, again faulting the record of his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration.


  • Idaho teachers rally to replace schools chief

    Idaho schoolteachers are coming out in force behind the candidacy of retired Boise school superintendent Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools, against incumbent Supt. Tom Luna. At a rally …


  • New Allred ad hits Otter on school cuts

    With state education cuts high on Idahoans’ minds as children return to school this fall, Gov. Butch Otter’s Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, has launched a new TV ad criticizing Otter …


  • Lawmakers: More budget cuts coming in 2011 session

    Idaho legislators are preparing for more scrounging when the 2011 session starts in January. Even if tax revenue next year is 10 percent greater than the current year, Idaho faces …


  • Minnick goes negative in new ad

    Idaho 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick has gone negative, airing a new TV commercial across the district attacking GOP challenger Raul Labrador for his work as an immigration lawyer and …


  • Older voters mobilize in Idaho

    The Idaho AARP is launching a statewide voter-education effort complete with voter guides for every legislative race in the state along with statewide and congressional races, meetings and discussions with …


  • Otter shifts stand on 17th Amendment repeal

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared during a political debate today that he doesn’t favor repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - though he’s been sharply critical of …


  • Idaho nets $51 million to preserve teacher jobs

    The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs.


  • Budget cuts eliminate survey used for drug prevention programs

    BOISE – Idaho has made much of a startling statistic – that teen meth use in the state dropped 52 percent from 2007 to 2009. It’s the largest percentage drop …


  • Minnick launches first TV campaign ad of race

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn’t been able to hit the airwaves.


  • Grant allows online academy to remove enrollment cap

    BOISE – One state budget cut has been reversed, and just in time: A grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will let Idaho high school students take advanced …



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