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UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

Scotchman Peak advisory vote sends a clear message to lawmakers, but does little else

Bonner County residents rejected a 13,000 acre proposed wilderness area, Tuesday. And although the vote may have sent a message to lawmakers, while also serving as a rallying cry for …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

Women make history in Idaho’s primary

Tuesday’s primary election results mark a historic first for Idaho: With women winning both parties’ primaries for lieutenant governor, and no other candidates running, Idaho is guaranteed to elect its …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Phil Hart, Kathy Sims lose bids to return to Idaho Legislature

Two former state legislators making comeback bids were halted by voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 12:31 a.m.

It’s Paulette Jordan vs. Brad Little for Idaho governor

Paulette Jordan, a two-term state representative and former Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council member, pulled off an upset win in Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday over the party’s 2014 nominee, Boise …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

Results of Idaho primary races

With 669 of 951 precincts reporting.GOVERNORDemocrats A J Balukoff41.1% Peter Dill1.4% Paulette Jordan57.5%Republicans Tommy Ahlquist28.2% Harley Delano Brown0.4% Dalton Ben Cannady0.3% Raul Labrador30.9% Brad Little37.3% Lisa Marie1.6% Steve Pankey1.3%LT. GOVERNORDemocrats …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Incumbent Kootenai County Commissioners Eberlein and Bingham lose seats

Two Kootenai County commissioners lost in Tuesday’s Republican primary.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Russ Fulcher wins Idaho GOP primary to replace Labrador in Congress

With an open seat in Congress at stake, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher easily captured the Republican nomination for the position held by Raul Labrador. Real estate agent Cristina McNeil …


Paulette Jordan wins Idaho’s Democratic governor primary

BOISE, Idaho – Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary for Idaho governor. She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Sims and Wisniewski aim for Idaho state legislature seat

Kathy Sims and Tony Wisniewski sat in the Coeur d’Alene Courthouse last Friday, awaiting a decision capable of ending the race between the two candidates almost two weeks early. But …


Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott facing challenger in Republican primary

Voters in North Idaho’s most northern district get a chance next week to either endorse the ultraconservative, headline-grabbing political maneuvers of Rep. Heather Scott, or select longtime Sandpoint resident Mike …


Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

Kathy Sims vows to fight removal from Idaho ballot

Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims is vowing to fight her removal from the ballot for failing to be a registered voter in her new district for a year before the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives, but not her fellow Idaho lawmakers

Twelve of the 16 Democratic state lawmakers who served with former Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, have endorsed her opponent, A.J. Balukoff, in the Democratic primary for governor, and the other …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Ahlquist wins endorsement from prominent young Trump backers Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk

Tommy Ahlquist, a GOP candidate for governor of Idaho, was endorsed by two prominent millennial Trump supporters on Monday – Charlie Kirk, who was the millennial director of the Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Former Idaho Rep. Kathy Sims booted from May primary ballot

Former state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, is being removed from the ballot in her bid for a comeback in a Post Falls district, after the Idaho Secretary of State’s …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


Idahoans face big decisions in governor’s race on May 15

The stakes are huge – an open seat for governor of Idaho for the first time in 12 years. The competition is hot in both parties, with seven Republicans and …


Eye on Boise: Voter figures so far show just a small crossover in primary

How might crossover voting – people switching parties to vote in a different party’s primary election – affect Idaho’s upcoming high-stakes May 15 primary, with positions up for grabs including …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Former Rep. Phil Hart ruled ineligible for Idaho’s May ballot

Tax-protesting state lawmaker Phil Hart’s comeback bid is in doubt, as the Idaho secretary of state’s office has ruled Hart ineligible for the ballot in his bid to challenge Rep. …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls clash in statewide debate

Idaho’s top Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other’s campaign tactics.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Democratic rivals for Idaho governor agree on much; clash over marijuana, campaign endorsements

Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Sunday spent most of their first televised debate in overall agreement when discussing the state’s biggest issues surrounding education, health care and taxes.


Idaho Medicaid expansion initiative down to wire, just 5,000 signatures short of goal

An effort to expand Medicaid in Idaho through a citizens initiative is coming down to the wire, with about 5,000 qualified signatures still needed before the May 1 deadline.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Idaho GOP candidates clash in state treasurer debate

Three Republican candidates vying to become Idaho’s next state treasurer traded barbs and defended their backgrounds Thursday during their first and only televised debate.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Idaho governor hopefuls go on the attack as May 15 primary nears

Candidates for governor of Idaho have been filling the airwaves with campaign commercials, and as the May 15 Idaho primary election approaches, many have gone on the attack.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

State treasurer hopeful asked to forfeit her county credit card over misuse allegations

The current Ada County treasurer – a county elected official who’s now running to be the state treasurer – was requested by the three county commissioners on Tuesday to surrender …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Idaho lieutenant governor hopeful drops out of crowded race

When the filing period for Idaho lieutenant governor arrived last month, five Republicans already were crowded into the race, and a sixth joined them as the filing period closed – …


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Candidates flock to file for Idaho’s May primary election

Idaho’s May primary ballot will be a crowded one, with an array of contested races from governor and Congress to North Idaho legislative seats.