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  • 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 …


  • Candidate wants WSP in charge in Creach case

    The Democratic challenger for Spokane County prosecutor on Monday called for the Washington State Patrol to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor. Spokane …


  • Poll suggests Murray ahead of Rossi

    OLYMPIA – Democrat incumbent Patty Murray leads Republican challenger Dino Rossi in a “highly partisan” race, a new poll by Elway Research Inc., suggests. If they were voting today, half …


  • Spin Control: So far, Rossi stiff-arming Didier on pledge

    Clint Didier, who placed third in last month’s U.S. Senate primary, released a long letter to supporters last week explaining why he still can’t endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi, who …


  • Rossi’s earmark stance questioned

    Republican Dino Rossi’s latest television commercial repeats an objection to certain types of federal spending known as earmarks that has become a hallmark of his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. …


  • Minnick ad highlights his record against his own party

    BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn’t hit the airwaves. Minnick’s ad, the …


  • GOP ad puts Minnick front and center

    BOISE – Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick is featured in a new political ad, but it’s not from who you might expect. A new Republican National Committee Web video features …


  • 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.


  • Judge tosses limit on late campaign contributions

    OLYMPIA – State officials are mulling their next steps after a federal judge overturned a state law limiting campaign contributions in the final weeks of ballot measure campaigns. If the …


  • Governor hopefuls release new TV ads

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s first campaign commercial for his re-election bid contains a misleading claim, while that of his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, includes an overstatement. But both …


  • Idaho reminding voters of photo ID law

    BOISE – The state is launching a campaign next month to remind Idaho voters that under a new law, they must provide photo identification to cast their ballots. Billboard advertisements …


  • Initiative campaigns attract $30 million in state

    Soda pop sellers, liquor distributors and warehouse retailers are pouring millions of dollars into Washington to influence residents’ votes on a slew of statewide ballot measures. Some $30 million so …


  • Spokane swing district again among state’s spendiest

    A Spokane legislative district tops the state for money raised by candidates, and is near the top for spending that money before the August primary. The 6th Legislative District – …


  • Allred’s tax reform role attacked

    BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred in 2006 played a major part in boosting a tax break for Idaho homeowners that’s reduced their annual payments, despite a Republican attack …


  • GOP questions ballot security in letter to county auditor

    Republican Party leaders expressed concerns this week about the security of ballots mailed during the August primary to the Spokane County elections office. County party Chairwoman Cindy Zapotocky wrote county …


  • French hangs on for general election

    A final vote count in last month’s primary election, to be certified today, didn’t turn around any races or trigger an automatic recount. Republican county commissioner candidate Al French retained …


  • Rossi campaign waged losing battle over veterans

    OLYMPIA – Candidates with at least half a brain rarely pick a fight they cannot win. So it seemed odd last week when a Seattle television station reported Dino Rossi …


  • Race for Idaho schools chief puts focus on role of office

    BOISE – The first non-educator to head Idaho’s public school system is running for re-election, and he’s being challenged by one of the state’s most respected educators: the just-retired superintendent …


  • State touts lack of income tax

    OLYMPIA – Washington state touts its lack of an income tax in a current magazine supplement designed to attract business to the state. Not mentioned in the Fortune magazine special …


  • O’Quinn says job forbids endorsement

    Shelly O’Quinn, a Republican who lost her bid for state House in the 6th Legislative District, said Wednesday that she is not allowed to endorse any candidates in the general …


  • Republican Party redirects Labrador staffers

    BOISE – U.S. House hopeful Raul Labrador hasn’t exactly gotten the help that the Idaho Republican Party promised in June when it announced the hiring of two full-time staffers to …


  • Voters approve technical campus on Rathdrum Prairie

    Voters in three North Idaho school districts Tuesday said yes to a levy that will raise property taxes for two years to build a $9.5 million professional-technical high school on …


  • Primary election creates odd bedfellows

    When he announced his candidacy for Spokane County prosecutor, Dave Stevens called the incumbent, Steve Tucker, an “absent administrator.” But after coming in fourth in a six-way primary, Stevens said …


  • Mager runner-up vote count continues

    The race for second place in last week’s primary for Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager’s position remained too close to call Monday. Jeff Holy shaved five votes off Al French’s …


  • Vote is Tuesday on Rathdrum Prairie trade school levy

    Voters in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to pay more property taxes for two years to build …


  • Minnick’s lead widening, Otter’s shrinking, poll says

    BOISE – With the campaign in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District hitting full swing, a new poll out from an independent pollster shows incumbent Walt Minnick with a 23.3-point lead over …


  • O’Quinn finish triggers hunches, but map telling

    Every campaign worth a darn leaves a losing candidate’s supporters with some hard feelings, nagging questions and what ifs. So Shelly O’Quinn’s third-place finish in a 6th Legislative District House …


  • Didier wants commitments from Rossi

    Unsuccessful Senate candidate Clint Didier set conditions Friday for endorsing fellow Republican Dino Rossi in the race against incumbent Democrat Patty Murray. Rossi must take strong positions against abortion, taxes …


  • Didier holds off on Rossi endorsement

    Tea party favorite Clint Didier says he won’t endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi in the Senate race against Patty Murray unless Rossi agrees to take strong positions against abortion, taxes …


  • Allred: Otter ‘career politician’

    BOISE – During Thursday’s debate with Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic rival Keith Allred painted himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office align him …

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