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It’s Election Day - time to vote…

This is it – it’s Election Day, time to vote. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s voter information online here from the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. Got questions about the candidates or issues? There are lots of resources out there, including…

Idaho ‘Integrity’ PAC files last-minute spending report

A political action committee under investigation in Idaho for suspicious campaign contributions failed to report more than $9,000 in expenditures until the day before the May 17 primary election. The Integrity in Government PAC filed a last-minute independent expenditure report on Monday, detailing spending made over the past week. Idaho law…

Denney urges Idahoans to vote tomorrow

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney isn’t offering a turnout prediction for tomorrow’s Idaho primary election, but he is urging people to vote. “I think there are some very interesting local races, some sheriff and county commission races,” he noted. Plus, there’s a four-way Idaho…

Under the radar: Tomorrow’s primary election includes 92 contested precinct committee races in Ada alone

Throughout an area of northeast Boise, hand-printed yellow signs by the roadsides tout “Joel Robinson for Precinct Committeeman.” So, what’s that? Political parties have precinct chairs for every voting precinct, who are elected along with other candidates in the primary election, which is tomorrow. And…

Of District 1 legislative races, the ‘American Redoubt’ and politics in North Idaho…

In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element is pushing the party farther still: the arrival of conservative Christian “preppers” fleeing more populated states, who see the region as a “redoubt” – a place to…

Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right

In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element is pushing the party farther still: the arrival of conservative Christian “preppers” fleeing more-populated states, who see the region as a “redoubt” – a place to settle and defend themselves when the whole country goes bad.

Eye on Boise: Campaign finance dispute crops up in Idaho Supreme Court race

Robyn Brody’s campaign for the Idaho Supreme Court disputes a finding by the Idaho Secretary of Statethat four donations, totaling $27,000, received from four farm-related businesses exceeded the state Sunshine Law limits because the businesses are related by a single owner.

Latest independent expenditures: $32K from IACI, $20K from Realtors, more…

Here are the latest independent expenditure reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office in legislative races in Tuesday’s primary: The Idaho Prosperity Fund, IACI’s campaigning arm, reported spending a whopping $32,459 on literature and postage, all yesterday and today, with $29,209 of that…

Nielsen says he didn’t get Bedke endorsement before placing ad claiming it

Idaho Rep. Pete Nielsen says he didn’t have House Speaker Scott Bedke’s endorsement despite running ads in three weekly newspapers claiming the House leader supported Nielsen’s run for re-election. Nielsen, a Republican from Mountain Home, told…

House candidate says Facebook post about hunting Mexicans was a joke

Idaho legislative candidate Jake Stephens says he was joking when he wrote on Facebook that he was out hunting Mexicans. The comment was posted underneath a picture of Stephens dressed in full camouflage and holding a rifle. Stephens, a Republican, is running against first term Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth…

Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates

Kootenai County voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary are considering six names for two of the three county commissioner seats. Their backgrounds and experience may be what separates them most, as all six share fairly similar views on the issues that come up most, especially the steady push by the Board of Commissioners to strengthen the hand of property owners in rules governing land use and development.

Cheatham denies using copy of official letterhead, says there are unnamed differences

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham got back to me this afternoon about his campaign letter on what appears to be a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, and vehemently denied that he used a copy of his official letterhead. Cheatham said there…

Idaho state rep sends campaign letter on what appears to be official letterhead

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham has sent out a campaign letter on a copy of his official Idaho House of Representatives stationery, raising questions about use of official letterhead in a political campaign.