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Eye On Boise Idaho politics archive

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

From left, Betsy Russell, Cynthia Sewell, host Melissa Davlin, Kevin Richert and Seth Ogilvie on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, May 4, 2018. (Idaho Public TV / Troy Shreve)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join host Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the week with Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell, Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert, and Idaho Reports producer Seth Ogilvie. There are also clips from the four final...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

From left, Brad Little, Tommy Ahlquist and Raul Labrador debate on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, in a debate sponsored by KTVB-TV; it was the final debate of the primary campaign season for the three GOP rivals. Idaho's primary election is May 15. (KTVB/Screensho)

3 GOP governor candidates participate in final debate

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidates Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist continued to exchange jabs Monday in an otherwise familiar primary debate that covered education, health care and prison reform. Little — a three-term lieutenant governor — maintained Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter had successfully led Idaho out of...

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Conservative commentator Candace Owens, right, speaks at a press conference in Boise endorsing Tommy Ahlquist for governor of Idaho on Monday, April 30, 2018, along with Charlie Kirk, center, and Ahlquist, left. (The Spokesman-Review / Betsy Z. Russell)

Ahlquist wins endorsement from prominent young Trump backers; link to my full story

Tommy Ahlquist, a GOP candidate for governor of Idaho, was endorsed by two prominent millennial Trump supporters today – Charlie Kirk, who was the millennial director of the Trump campaign, and Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and YouTube star who rails against the Black Lives Matter movement. “We have a disruptor in D.C. – now we need...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

6 GOP candidates spar in Idaho congressional debate

Republican candidates vying for Idaho's open 1st Congressional District on Sunday all promised to support President Donald Trump's agenda during their latest televised debate. Former lieutenant governor and ex-attorney general David Leroy, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Luke Malek, Rep. Christy Perry and first-time candidates...

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Incumbent Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, left, and GOP challenger Jeff Dillon, right, faced off in a debate on Friday, April 27, 2018, as part of the "Idaho Debates" on Idaho Public Television. (Idaho Public TV / Kevin Rank)

Ybarra, Dillon clash in spirited debate

In last night’s GOP state schools superintendent debate with incumbent state Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, challenger Jeff Dillon decried a lack of leadership and vision from Ybarra’s shop, Idaho EdNews reports, while Ybarra defended her record, dismissed some allegations as gossip and myth, and worked in...

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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it; link to full story

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 voter-passed initiative. In Idaho, a voter-passed initiative has the same status as a law passed by the Legislature – lawmakers and the governor can change or...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

Fact check: Idaho candidate claims challenger faked serving in the military, but claim is unfounded

In a recent debate for Idaho's lieutenant governor, Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn accused one of his top opponents of faking military service. The three-term state senator on Tuesday said former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates was "pretending" to have a military background in order to woo voters in an already crowded field...

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From left, Betsy Russell, Clark Corbin, host Melissa Davlin, Sen. Cliff Bayer, and Sen. Grant Burgoyne, on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, April 20, 2018. (Idaho Public TV / Troy Shreve)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join host Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the week with Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise; Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise; and reporter Clark Corbin of Idaho EdNews. There also are clips from the two “Idaho Debates”...

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