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Eye on Boise: All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor’s race

The final numbers are in, and campaign fundraising and spending on two ballot measures this fall far exceeded the amounts spent by both leading candidates for governor.


Eye on Boise: The Idaho Legislature’s freshmen class is well-educated, mostly male, mostly GOP

When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, 25 of its members will be brand-new, and that’s not counting two who were just elected after earlier being appointed and serving in …


Eye on Boise: Why the Ada recount will take a month or more

With recounts pending both for the College of Western Idaho levy, which failed by just 144 votes in Ada and Canyon counties combined, and the District 15 state Senate seat, …


Eye on Boise: When lawmakers convene, nearly a quarter will be new

When the Idaho Legislature convenes for its organizational session the first week of December, nearly a quarter of the 105-member Legislature will be new.


Eye on Boise: All told, the props drew the most cash

The remarkable sums of money that have been poured into two ballot initiatives in Idaho this year – and one of them in particular, on racetrack betting machines – eclipses …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Otter, reflecting on career: ‘Congress was the part I liked least’

The first time Idaho Gov. Butch Otter came to the Idaho state Capitol, he was a fourth-grader on a class field trip from St. Joe’s Catholic School just down the …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Jordan calls for Utah-style prescriptive road law; Little opposes it

Paulette Jordan, the Democratic candidate for governor, is calling for Idaho to enact a law similar to a longstanding one in Utah that makes any road that’s been used by …


Eye on Boise: Behind the numbers, what the polls tell us about Idaho’s race for governor

Two major statewide polls in the Idaho governor’s race provide some interesting insights into where the race stands, but they may not be the same conclusions drawn by the group …


Eye on Boise: GOP candidate says his anti-Muslim post was ‘cagefighter staged hysteria’

A GOP legislative candidate in Boise is insisting he’s no racist after he deleted a Facebook post that used an anti-Muslim slur.


Eye on Boise: More Russia hearings coming

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced last week that their committees will …


Eye on Boise: Little disappointed as Labrador misses grazing hearing

When Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little went to Washington, D.C., to testify on Thursday at a congressional hearing on public lands grazing, he expected to see Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador …


Eye on Boise: No fines for late reporting by Ybarra, McGeachin

Two GOP nominees for statewide office, one of them an incumbent, missed the post-primary campaign finance reporting deadline, but Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said he’s not planning to …


Eye on Boise: Idaho examines its mental health system

Advocates for improving Idaho’s behavioral health system say the time is right.


Eye on Boise: Risch skips fire hearing, speaks out on international affairs

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, serves, held a hearing last week on the upcoming wildfire season, but Risch didn’t show up.


Eye on Boise: To house a governor…

To make up for the state’s lack of a governor’s mansion, Idaho pays its governor a $4,500 a month housing allowance, which in current Gov. Butch Otter’s case is $54,000 …


Eye on Boise: Smear flier targets GOP lieutenant governor hopeful

A campaign flier that landed in Idaho voters’ mailboxes late last week attacks GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Steve Yates, claiming that the former Idaho Republican Party chairman is “a highly …


Washington state gets high marks for integrity

OLYMPIA – Washington is among the least “corruptible” states in the nation, while Idaho placed 40th out of 50 in a scorecard released Monday. Two watchdog organizations, the Center for …