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Huckleberries: Closed Republican primary in Idaho attracts Democrats

The strategy by conservative hardliners to close the Idaho GOP primary may have backfired.


Luke Malek navigates Republican politics, Kootenai County-style

A popular, well-respected second-term North Idaho lawmaker barely squeaked through the GOP primary against an unknown newcomer. But that’s how politics work these days in heavily GOP but still much-divided …


Low vote turnout in Idaho feared

Much is at stake in Idaho’s May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in the Legislature. Because Republicans so completely dominate state politics, many of …


Independent Idaho in for poll surprise

BOISE – Say you’re an Idaho voter who wants to cast a ballot in next year’s primary election for Sarah Palin for president, or Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney. In …


Eye on Boise: Otter says closed primary an imperfect compromise

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law historic changes in Idaho’s election system, requiring, for the first time, that all Idahoans declare their party affiliation to vote in …


Public to pay for GOP suit

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers rushed through a bill to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party – to which 81 percent of them belong – in the final days of …


Idaho lawmakers rush unusual payment to state GOP

Idaho lawmakers rushed through a bill to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party - to which 81 percent of them belong - in the final days of this year’s …


Closed primary legislation hits snag in Idaho House

BOISE – Legislation to require Idahoans to register by political party and allow parties to close primary elections to all but party members ran into trouble in a House committee …


Idaho closed-primary election bill stalls

Legislation to require Idahoans, for the first time, to register by political party and allow parties to close their primaries to all but party members ran into trouble in a …


Idaho’s open primary infringes on GOP, judge rules

BOISE – A federal judge on Wednesday declared Idaho’s open primary election system unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the right of the state’s Republican Party to limit primaries to members. …


Judge sets trial on Idaho primaries

BOISE – A federal judge had a message Friday for the Idaho Republican Party, which claims Idaho’s open primary election system violates its constitutional rights: Prove it. U.S. District Judge …


Judge to Idaho GOP on ‘crossover’ voting in primaries: Prove it

A federal judge had a message Friday for the Idaho Republican Party, which claims Idaho’s open primary election system violates its constitutional rights: Prove it.


Judge hears arguments on closing GOP primary

BOISE – A federal judge appeared dubious Thursday of a group of dissident Idaho Republicans’ attempt to force the closure of the state’s GOP primary elections to anyone but registered …