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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, …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Rob Curley: At 90, Mickey Mouse still the symbol of a dream that wouldn’t quit

Strap on those Mickey ears you bought during your last vacation to Disneyland and let’s begin this little mouse tale.


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


Faith and Values: Why I don’t have the post-election blues

I don’t have the post-election blues. It isn’t because all my candidates of choice won. Because they didn’t. And it’s not because the measures I voted for passed. Because not …


Sue Lani Madsen: Child’s play – safe or sorry

Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Getting There: Yielding and merging onto freeway aren’t the same. (You should know with changes coming to I-90.)

Little known fact: Those yield signs that motorists face when joining highway traffic? They mean yield.


Paul Turner: Time to burnish those Washington State bona fides

Today is the anniversary of Washington’s 1889 statehood.


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


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.


Sue Lani Madsen: Sparring the Spokane way

There’s a tough match-up next Tuesday evening in the boxing ring at the Howard Street Gym. No fisticuffs expected, only fact checking and flourishes of humor for the fifth edition …


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Getting There: The future of pavement

Seers don’t generally gaze into the pavement to tell the future. Such visions are better found in a crystal ball, the bottom of a tea cup or in the palm …


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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – it’s complicated

Health care reform has been a political slogan generator for over a decade. Repeal and Replace! Medicare for All!


Getting There: Big changes coming to Bigelow Gulch Road

Say hello to the Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector. Or at least, the beginning of the connector.


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Spin Control: Breaking with trend, campaign coffers relatively low in Spokane’s 6th District race

For many years, Spokane’s 6th Legislative District could be counted on for two things.


Paul Turner: The pie that divides us

Spokane is torn in two, but it is not politics that divides us.


Faith and Values: When better angels provoke us

Self-examination requires we look deep and wide for our “better angels.” Resolve requires we listen courageously to those better angels.


Sue Lani Madsen: Community service is not just a punchline

The contrast between Voters’ Pamphlet statements by U.S. Senate candidate Susan Hutchison and incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell sparked more than a few jokes.


Shawn Vestal: Once again, Washington leads the country in regressive taxation

Another year, another victory for Washington in the race for the most regressive tax system in the nation, and another question for Halloween: Who’s afraid of the income tax?


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner …


Paul Turner: Natural selection and the Spokane squirrel

There’s a problem with squirrels. They are fast, unpredictable and lack any real understanding of the threat to them posed by vehicular traffic.


Spin Control: Campaigns ramp up as ballots hit the mail

With ballots in the mail, expect campaigning to ramp up and stay there for a couple of weeks.


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiatives – live grass or artificial turf

The grassroots origin of the 1912 initiative and referendum process has been invaded by noxious weeds.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Trump’s fans at Missoula rally start early and stay late

The first rule of attending a Trump tent revival is the same as with any big jamboree, whether it’s Sasquatch or a Franklin Graham rally: Get there early.


Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

From forested parkway to South Hill “highway,” High Drive has been it all.


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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Politics as a team sport

It’s the 4th quarter and the game is tied. The red and blue teams are both looking to score campaign points with undecided voters, who will have to make the …