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State Representative, Pos. B (GOP)

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George Eskridge (R) 66.90%
Pam Stout (R) 33.10%

State Senator (GOP)

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Shawn Keough (R) 70.27%
Danielle Ahrens (R) 29.73%


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Barry McHugh (R) 62.69%
Donald Gary (R) 37.31%


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Benton E. (Ben) Wolfinger (R) 43.11%
Keith Hutcheson (R) 29.80%
John Green (R) 27.09%

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Schools could get cash infusion

NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho school districts are cautiously preparing to restore several cutbacks after being advised the state likely will distribute about $50 million in one-time payments next month if tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the fiscal year that ends June 30. For the Coeur d’Alene School District, a $50 million statewide payout would mean nearly $1.7 million. Lakeland schools would get about $750,000, and Post Falls schools more than $900,000.

Testimony: How communities fit in redistricting, economics vs. politics…

John Cross of Post Falls, Region 1 chairman for the Idaho Republican Party, told the Idaho redistricting commission at its hearing in Coeur d’Alene tonight, “I want to recommend that the state maintain the 35 legislative districts. I believe it will help to prevent the…

CdA Tribe wants its reservation in a district with Kootenai County

Among those testifying tonight in Coeur d’Alene at the public hearing on redistricting is Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The Coeur d’Alene Reservation is now in District 2, and Hancock said, “It’s our understanding that that district will change quite substantially.”…

Bruning: Keeping CdA whole in redistricting ‘not just sensible,’ but fits numbers

Coeur d’Alene city councilman John Bruning is the first to testify at the Idaho bipartisan citizens’ redistricting commission’s public hearing tonight in Coeur d’Alene, which follows a hearing this afternoon in Sandpoint. “Thank you for holding hearings in North Idaho,” Bruning told the commission. He…

Testimony: Changes proposed for legislative districts 1, 2

Among other testimony at today’s public hearing on redistricting in Sandpoint: Mike Keough, husband of state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, delivered a letter from his wife, who’s at a JFAC meeting today. “She’s pleased that you have given the people in the area the opportunity…

Redistricting hearing kicks off in Sandpoint

Tom Dillon of Sandpoint, chairman of the Legislative District 1 Republican Central Committee, was the first to testify at this afternoon’s public hearing on redistricting in Sandpoint. “Today I represent myself,” Dillon told Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting committee. “I have some disagreements with Republicans on…

Statesman: Staff Bonuses Wrong

The $94,633 in bonuses to legislative staffers isn’t enough to break the state budget. But these ill-timed, one-time payments are big enough to look bad. They leave the perception — accurate or not — that the policymakers are taking care of their own, while stiffing…

Eye on Boise: Simpson relishes sticking fork in rule curbing potatoes

Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans to one cup per week in school lunches was “senseless” and costly. The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the fiscal 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, HR 2112, which includes language designed to head off the rule.

Redistricting commission taking testimony in eastern Idaho

The citizen redistricting commission has opened its public hearing this afternoon in Idaho Falls; it runs from 2-4 p.m., and you can listen live here (incidentally, I couldn’t get the streaming to work in Mozilla this afternoon, for some reason, but it’s working fine in…

Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel hears border tales

BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, held last week.

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