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Betsy Z. Russell: Recount confirms results of Stevenson, Rudolph race

The recount has been completed in the District 6 Idaho House race in Nez Perce County, and the outcome was the same as it was on election night: Freshman Rep. …


Idaho voter turnout ‘abysmal’ at 38 percent

BOISE – As Idaho certified its election results Wednesday, it became official: This year was the first time that less than 40 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots in …


Eye on Boise: Capitol seeks to meet disabilities act with upgrades

Idaho’s state Capitol is due for $400,000 in accessibility upgrades, to bring the renovated historic structure in line with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They range from new …


Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices

BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 7:26 a.m.

Otter retains office; Ybarra holds slim lead

BOISE – Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 4, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

Kootenai County voters give GOP wins

Kootenai County voters mostly backed Republicans down the ballot today, continuing a long trend of support for conservative candidates.


Low voter turnout expected in Washington, Idaho, despite high stakes

Control of the U.S. Senate may be the chief concern of national political experts Tuesday, but Washington voters won’t play any part in that decision. Because of that, many may …


Eye on Boise: Decline in voting has Idaho secretary of state ‘troubled’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting a 58 percent turnout in Tuesday’s general election – that’s 58 percent of registered voters, and is equal to roughly 39 to …


Sparks fly at Idaho gubernatorial debate

BOISE – Idaho’s final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet in the race for the state’s top office. Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian …


Idaho’s recovery shapes debate

BOISE – In a polite but pointed debate, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little and his Democratic challenger, Bert Marley, outlined sharply differing views of how Idaho is faring as it …


Ybarra’s education awards questioned

BOISE – Just one week from the election, revelations continue to emerge about a little-known educator who was the surprise winner of Idaho’s Republican primary for state schools superintendent, this …


Otter ad rebuts Balukoff’s CCA claims

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and defending Otter’s handling of a private-prison scandal. It’s the first …


Confusion arises over Idaho candidate Sherri Ybarra’s degree

BOISE – Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for superintendent of schools in Idaho, claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August. But in August, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, 5 p.m.

Idaho schools chief hopeful earned specialist degree, not doctorate

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools, claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August, giving her a top educational …


Candidates for Idaho’s top education job spar in debate

BOISE – Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first noneducator to hold the position – loomed large in the debate Tuesday night between the two educators vying to …


Otter seeks full panel review of gay marriage ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a larger group of judges to reconsider the recent decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ …


Belmont, Brannon square off in Kootenai clerk’s race

Not long ago Jim Brannon was alleging Kootenai County voting irregularities in a lawsuit contesting an election loss. Now he oversees the elections division and is running to keep his …


Balukoff targets Otter connections to prison scandal in ad

BOISE – The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal …


Betsy Russell: Bujak says he’d consider a future switch to GOP

John Bujak, the Libertarian candidate for governor, says if he’s elected and then runs for a second term, “I will likely run for a second term as a Republican, and …


Vote by Ybarra isn’t only thing Idaho politics missing

Sherri Ybarra has a fascinating vision of civics to share with Idaho’s 280,000 schoolchildren. It goes something like this: People who repeatedly fail to perform the simplest, most basic responsibility …


Woodings challenges Denney to quit his state pension

BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Holli Woodings is calling on her GOP opponent, former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, to give up his state pension, in light of his …


Idaho candidate says she’s running to make up for failing to vote

BOISE – Republican candidate for Idaho state schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra said in a televised debate Wednesday night that she’s running for the office in part to “repay Idaho” for …


Otter won’t desert gay-marriage fight, takes on challengers during election debate

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced during a political debate Tuesday night that he plans to continue fighting same-sex marriage – though he issued a statement earlier in the …


Uncontested races

A look at Spokane and Kootenai counties’ ballots. Washington


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Now it’s your turn. The candidates and their campaigns have spent months vying for your attention, tweaking their talking points and honing their messages. In the final weeks ahead, there’ll …


A recap of all races in the Washington and Idaho 2014 Election

Here’s a look at the contested races and ballot measures affecting Spokane and Kootenai counties on the Nov. 4 primary election ballot. The 5th Congressional District sprawls across much of …


Risch, Mitchell vie for U.S. Senate in Idaho

BOISE – When he was Idaho’s governor for a scant seven months, Jim Risch was a whirlwind of activity, writing an unprecedented management plan for roadless areas, reforming the state …


Write-in winner offers choice

The Kootenai County assessor doesn’t just tell you how much your home is worth. Another big part of the job is overseeing that place no one wants to be: the …


Gay marriage blocked in Idaho a day after court rejected ban

BOISE – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an emergency stay Wednesday morning blocking same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho – just as couples waiting at county clerk’s offices …


CPA, municipal adviser vie for Kootenai County treasurer’s job

Kootenai County is about to get a new treasurer – the first change in the leadership of that office since 2001. One candidate on the Nov. 3 general election ballot …