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Idaho GOP to consider dropping presidential primary

BOISE – Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change that would have let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they’ll consider plenty of other big changes when they gather today in Moscow for their annual state central committee meeting. One of those changes could be doing away with their May presidential primary entirely.

Redistricting commission back at work

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Idaho Senators offer new District 2

BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two other senators into the same district and force new Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, into a district with two Coeur d’Alene incumbents. “District 2 has been such a boondoggle for the last 10 years,” said Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle. She noted that she has to drive through three other districts to get from one end to the other of her district, which stretches from southern Bonner County to take in all of Shoshone and Benewah counties and part of southern Kootenai County. “It’s not fair for the constituency – having someone who lives closer would be more beneficial for all,” she said.

North Idaho senators propose redistricting plan

Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for North Idaho that would eliminate the oddly shaped District 2, but would also lump two other senators into the same district and force new Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, into a district with two Coeur d’Alene incumbents.

Rep. Roberts’ wife drowns in Payette River

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Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the extra-wide loads would take up both lanes of the two-lane road, and a Highway 95/Interstate 90 route. Last week, Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil got a favorable ruling from a state hearing officer on its bid to take the loads across Highway 12, its preferred route; it’s also been issued two permits to start bringing reduced-height loads from Lewiston up Highway 95 through Moscow to Coeur d’Alene, then across I-90 to Montana and Canada.

Senator Defends Staff Bonuses

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Director defends Public Staff Bonuses

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Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel applauds public input

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has now held 10 public hearings around the state, including four in North Idaho last week, and members say it’s going well – so well that they hope to decide on a redistricting plan by July 27, a full month ahead of schedule. Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane, of Lapwai, offered the target during a hearing in Moscow, with the idea that if the commission doesn’t reach a plan by then, it’ll keep meeting into August; her motion passed unanimously.