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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Despite poor showing in North Idaho, Democrats gain a few seats in the Legislature

Democrats did poorly throughout North Idaho, but managed to pickup a few seats in southern Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

Idaho Superintendent of Instruction Sherri Ybarra re-elected

Republican Sherri Ybarra has narrowly won a second term as Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction, defeating Democratic challenger Cindy Wilson.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Simpson wins 11th term in House; Fulcher wins 1st District

BOISE – Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. And the GOP’s Russ Fulcher has won Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Idaho voters have approved the expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Republican Brad Little wins Idaho governor’s race

Longtime Republican lawmaker Brad Little defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan on Tuesday to become Idaho’s next governor.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Idaho voters divided on state of nation

Voters casting midterm election ballots in Idaho are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Mary Souza, Cory Jane English offer competing visions to represent Coeur d’Alene in state Senate

Mary Souza and Cory Jane English, candidates to represent Coeur d’Alene in the state Senate, disagree on many of the big issues facing Idaho.


Shem Hanks aims to boost working class, Paul Amador stresses collaboration in race for Coeur d’Alene House seat

State Rep. Paul Amador’s re-election bid for a 4th Legislative District seat that represents Coeur d’Alene is challenged by Democrat Shem Hanks.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to …


Idaho ballot initiatives appear to boost early voter turnout

An unusually high number of Idahoans have voted early, and two high-profile ballot initiatives appear to be driving some of the turnout.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

In race for Coeur d’Alene House seat between James Addis and Rebecca Schroeder, Medicaid looms large

Democrats haven’t won a seat representing Coeur d’Alene in the state Legislature for a decade. But this year, with Luke Malek’s decision not to run for re-election to pursue a …


Kootenai County commissioner candidates differ on building code opt-out

A Kootenai County Commission decision earlier this year to allow builders of new homes or duplexes to opt out of the county building code remains a top issue in the …


Secretary of State candidates Lawerence Denney, Jill Humble differ on mail voting, automatic registration

Democrat Jill Humble is calling for election reforms in Idaho and challenging incumbent Republican Lawerence Denney’s re-election bid for secretary of state. Denney said he’s earned another four years based …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Governor’s race offers a study in contrasts

In their own way, each of the major party candidates running for governor in Idaho this year is a living embodiment of the state they seek to lead.


Eye on Boise: Now they’re even in your phone – Idaho campaigns reach out by text

Pretty much everyone I know with an Idaho cellphone number, including me, received one or more texts in the past week from the campaign promoting Proposition 1, the initiative to …


Incumbent Lawrence Wasden faces accidental candidate Bruce Bistline in Idaho AG race

Boise attorney and Democrat Bruce Bistline filed to run against GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden four years ago just in case Wasden lost the primary, then didn’t actively campaign …


In an unusual step, Idaho GOP candidate brought a full security team to a debate

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Janice McGeachin brought multiple security guards to her Oct. 17 debate at Idaho Public Television — the first time staff there recall a candidate taking such …


Idaho GOP takes down social media posts mocking Democrat Paulette Jordan

The Idaho Republican Party has removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

There are clear differences in the Idaho congressional race between Russ Fulcher and Cristina McNeil

On paper, the race for Congress in North Idaho seems lopsided, but neither candidate sees it that way.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Idaho Prop 1 backers claim it boosts horse racing, but opponents say it mostly benefits private owners

Proponents of Proposition 1 in Idaho claim the initiative will revitalize the horse racing industry in the Gem State and support public schools. But opponents argue it mostly will authorize …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Cindy Wilson challenging Sherri Ybarra in race for Idaho superintendent of schools

Sherri Ybarra says if voters re-elect her for another four-year term as state superintendent of schools, they’ll be voting for stability.


Idaho lieutenant governor hopefuls Collum, McGeachin clash in their only debate

The two rivals vying to be Idaho’s lieutenant governor outlined starkly different views during their statewide debate on Wednesday night, with Republican Janice McGeachin warning against “traveling down the progressive …


Eye on Boise: Of endorsements, education, and an event in a bar

Cindy Wilson, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent of schools, last week received the endorsement of former Republican Attorney General Jim Jones, who also is the former chief justice of …


Ybarra, Wilson face off in debate for top Idaho schools post

Candidates for Idaho’s top education post sparred over school safety, early education and their vision for student success during a debate Friday night on Idaho Public Television.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

Fundraising in governor’s race eclipsed by initiative campaigns

After a hotly contested primary race that saw the candidates for governor spend more than $4 million combined, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show much lower figures for rivals Brad …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

Former principal accused of sexual harassment hosts key Ybarra campaign event

Republican schools chief Sherri Ybarra held the only campaign event she’s publicly promoting, a two-hour fundraiser Friday with a small crowd inside an Eagle bar.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Lt. Governor race sets up historic first for Idaho

The two rivals for the part-time state post have one notable thing in common: Both are women, guaranteeing that Idaho will have its first-ever female lieutenant governor.


In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries

Idaho’s major-party candidates for governor got together Tuesday evening to talk tax and fiscal policy.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Gov. candidate Jordan expects ‘women will be attacked’ by restrictive policies if Kavanaugh is confirmed

Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan said Friday she is worried about the state’s protections for women and minorities, especially if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme …


Eye on Boise: Jordan unveils first ad, but it’s online-only for now

Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan has released her first campaign commercial, but it’s only airing online; it may air on TV “as fundraising allows,” said her campaign communications manager, …