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Idaho voter turnout likely 75 to 80 percent

Idaho voter turnout likely was 75 to 80 percent of registered voters in Tuesday’s election, according to the Idaho secretary of state’s office.


Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise

If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …


Kootenai County sheriff re-elected, Bingham will join board of commissioners

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger appeared poised to win re-election Tuesday as he jumped to a big lead in early results over challenger Tina Kunishige of Coeur d’Alene. Wolfinger had …


Idaho Sen. Crapo wins historic fourth term; Labrador, Simpson also win

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo won a fourth six-year term in the Senate on Tuesday, the first Idaho senator to win a fourth term since famed Democrat Frank Church in …


North Idaho GOP incumbents win big in legislative races

With every seat in the Idaho Legislature up for a vote, most incumbents held their seats and the Legislature retained its overwhelmingly GOP cast in Tuesday’s general election. But two …


Brody leads in Idaho Supreme Court race

The numbers are still preliminary, but Robyn Brody is holding the edge against Curt McKenzie in the nonpartisan race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court.


Idaho Rep. Labrador headed for fourth House term

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, a conservative firebrand who’s been stumping for Donald Trump around the country, appears headed to a fourth term in the U.S. House – even as …


Idaho Sen. Crapo headed for record fourth term

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo appears headed easily to a fourth six-year term in the Senate – the first Idaho senator to win a fourth term since famed Democrat Frank Church …


Eye on Boise: ‘Citizens for HJR 5’ actually elected officials, lobbying groups

So, who are the “Citizens for HJR 5”?


Election-related harassment in North Idaho reflective of hardened political attitudes

Claims of election-related intimidation and harassment in Bonner and Boundary counties haven’t been confirmed by authorities, but for some local politicians, both Republican and Democrat, the claims are believable.


AdWatch: Crapo’s final ad tries to stir voters to turn out

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has launched his final campaign commercial of the season, focusing on stirring images and broad themes to stress the importance of the upcoming election.


Interest is high, and lines are long, to vote early in Kootenai County

Voters have waited in long lines all week at the Kootenai County elections office to cast early ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election.


Idaho’s Rep. Labrador stumps for Trump in far-flung states

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador is criss-crossing the country stumping for Donald Trump, speaking at Trump rallies so far in Florida, Arizona and Utah.


Labrador spreads campaign money to GOP state legislative hopefuls

During a two-day stretch in late October, Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador sent campaign contributions of either $250 or $500 to 40 GOP candidates for the Idaho Legislature, plus $10,000 …


One of the two candidates for Idaho Supreme Court has never argued a case there

One of the two candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court acknowledged in a televised debate Friday night that he’s never argued a case before either the Idaho Supreme Court or …


Politics heat up in Idaho’s District 1 legislative races

Controversial Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a first-term lawmaker who made a splash by visiting the occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon and displaying a Confederate battle flag …


AdWatch: Piotrowski takes Idaho Rep. Labrador to task on everything from votes to two paid cars

James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is airing a hard-hitting new TV ad that takes Labrador to task on everything from his voting record …


Races in heavily GOP district feature conservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri

North Idaho’s legislative District 2 is among the most conservative in the state, and GOP incumbents Vito Barbieri and Eric Redman are hoping to keep it that way.


Two vie for open Idaho Supreme Court seat

The two attorneys facing off for an open Idaho Supreme Court seat have taken decidedly different approaches to their campaigns.


Idaho Bar survey rates Brody twice as high as McKenzie for state’s high court

The Idaho State Bar has released the results of its survey of state bar members about the qualifications of the two candidates vying for an open seat on the Idaho …


Amador, Hearn battle for Idaho legislative seat

Just a dozen years ago, two of the three state lawmakers from Coeur d’Alene were Democrats. Now District 4, like the rest of the North Idaho Panhandle, is all-GOP in …


Eye on Boise: Labrador slams Democratic challenger Piotrowski over ‘socialist’ tweet

During a televised debate, 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador went after his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, saying, “He’s not a moderate,” and reading a tweet that Piotrowski sent from …


Idaho AG investigates claim that Rep. Heather Scott backers harassed Idaho Democrat volunteer

The Idaho Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into charges that supporters of Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, stalked and harassed a young field organizer for the Idaho …


Trump comments of ‘rigged election’ denounced by officials running them

Suggestions by Donald Trump that the election might be rigged not going over well with elections officials


Independent Evan McMullin – in dead heat with Trump and Clinton in Utah – makes campaign push into Idaho

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a Mormon who’s offering himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump, had such large, overflow crowds at his two eastern Idaho rallies last weekend …


Labrador, Piotrowski clash in testy televised debate

In a testy debate Monday night, Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador clashed repeatedly with his Democratic challenger, attorney James Piotrowski, over everything from public lands to congressional gridlock.


Eye on Boise: McAlister outraises Scott in N. Idaho race

The latest campaign finance reports from the race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister of Sandpoint show McAlister out-raising the outspoken first-term incumbent. McAlister, president of …


Idaho Sen. Crapo backtracks, says he might still vote for Trump

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who was among the first U.S. senators to disavow Donald Trump last weekend and call for him to step aside as the GOP presidential nominee, said …


Eye on Boise: Idaho court candidate tries to distance himself from trial lawyers, despite membership, campaign contributions

Idaho Supreme Court candidate Curt McKenzie is trying to distance himself from the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, of which he was a dues-paying member for four years and which donated …


In Idaho, a tide of voters want ballots by mail

Idaho state leaders remain dubious of switching to a vote-by-mail system for elections, as Washington and Oregon have done. But voters in Idaho are growing more comfortable with the concept …