M 2012 Idaho Republican Caucuses
Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the state Senate, and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along with looking at other options that will keep him closer to home and family.
BOISE – A trio of tea party sympathizers is challenging three longtime GOP incumbents in North Idaho’s legislative District 1, as Idaho gears up for its first closed Republican primary this year. Pam Stout, president of the area’s Tea Party Patriots group, is challenging state Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, who’s seeking a seventh term in the state House. She’s made a splash with her tea party involvement in the past two years, appearing on the David Letterman show and being interviewed by the New York Times, though this is her first run for office.
Idaho lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously this morning to introduce two bills dealing with this year’s primary election: One from committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, to delay the state’s primary from May to August while also doing away with the presidential primary; and one from Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to just do away with the presidential primary; it no longer serves any purpose since both parties now choose their presidential delegates by caucuses.
BOISE – Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May primary election. This morning, a House committee will consider legislation to push the May primary back to August; the bill is sponsored by state Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee.
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