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Eye on Boise: Idaho Rep. Labrador is sixth-poorest in Congress, site says

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by

Idaho Rep. Labrador is 6th-poorest member of Congress

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by InsideGov.com, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. That’s far eclipsed by the poorest member, Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., whose $25 million-plus in…

Labrador decries decision in Texas abortion clinic case; Piotrowski says it protects women’s health

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador and his Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, had sharply differing reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in a Texas case, which the Washington Post called the court’s most important decision on abortion-related issues in 25 years. Labrador said…

New presidential-only primary in March cost state $1.9M

Idaho’s Republican presidential primary election cost taxpayers $1.9 million this year, coming in just slightly under what state officials originally estimated. Idaho lawmakers agreed to move the GOP presidential primary from May to March in 2015. The conservative-dominated Statehouse argued that doing so would allow the Gem State to play…

Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district

No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. First off, she and her campaign manager, former state Sen. Mike Blackbird, D-Post Falls, point to the numbers. Sure, Barbieri…

Eye on Boise: Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district

No Democrat has represented North Idaho’s legislative District 2 since 1994, but newly retired St. Maries teacher Kathy Kahn thinks she’s got a shot, in her challenge to third-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens.

Ada County to recount ballots in commissioner race

Ada County election officials will recount votes for the county Commissioner District 3 seat at the request of an unsuccessful candidate. Sharon Ullman’s request for a recount of six precincts comes after she lost in the May Republican primary to current Commissioner Dave Case. The Idaho Attorney General’s and Secretary of State’s offices…

Idaho candidate withdraws after GOP convention

A Republican legislative candidate in North Idaho said he is no longer running for a state Senate seat after facing pressure from other GOP officials to pull out of the race. John Freeland, 22, announced Tuesday he would no longer pursue challenging three-term incumbent Sen. Dan Schmidt, a Democrat from Moscow, in the upcoming November election.

GOP challenger to Sen. Schmidt withdraws from race amid party infighting

Amid GOP infighting, a 22-year-old candidate who had been planning to challenge Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, in November has withdrawn from the race, the AP reports. John Freeland, who has been in a spat with fellow Latah County GOP officials over Facebook postings, said he…

Idaho Sen. Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments on judge

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, pressed by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill to disavow presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, is now calling on Trump to retract his comments.

Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments about federal judge Curiel

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, attacked yesterday by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill for backing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump despite Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, is calling on Trump to retract…

Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around

Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa Saturday with much talk of party unity, though little enthusiasm for presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Idaho primary turnout: Just 23% of registered voters

Turnout in Idaho’s May 17 primary election was just 23 percent of registered voters statewide.

Coin toss to settle precinct races in Ada County

A hyperlocal GOP race in southwestern Idaho will be decided with a flip of a coin. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says that votes were evenly split for precinct committeemen candidates Mark Johnson and Peggy Moyer in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. According to Idaho law, this means a coin flip…

Eye on Boise: No automatic recounts in Idaho, but loser could request one

With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts.

Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary

Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have something in common: They’re all among the top 10 scorers in the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s “Freedom Index.” The conservative lobbying group launched a new campaigning arm this year, Idaho Freedom Action, and pushed hard to boost lawmakers like these three and take out other Republicans it deemed too moderate. But the push largely failed.