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Campaign finance initiative campaign files its Sunshine report

The “Keep Idaho Elections Accountable” campaign has filed its campaign finance report, showing that it raised $97,590 for its campaign for a ballot initiative to reduce the role of money in Idaho politics, from lobbying to campaign donations. The group spent $86,582 on its signature-gathering…

Two candidates return contributions after running afoul of limits, including one for Idaho Supreme Court

Two candidates for state offices in the May 17 election are filing amended reports and returning contributions, after inadvertently running afoul of the Sunshine Law’s restrictions on donations from related entities, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office – including a candidate for the…

Of court candidates, endorsements, stepping on toes and fliers…

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s endorsement of Curt McKenzie for an Idaho Supreme Court opening has raised some eyebrows, as the Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, which typically means an organization can’t support or oppose any candidate for public office. But Farm Bureau spokesman John…

The PAC money is starting to fly…

With the primary election just a week away, the PAC money is flying, all around the state and on all sides of the political spectrum. Here’s just a sampling: Doyle Beck of Idaho Falls donated $8,270 to the Republican Liberty Caucus PAC on May 7;…

Rep. Kelley Packer’s challenger raises nearly $43K

Jason West, a chiropractor from Pocatello, has raised a whopping $42,986 for his run in the GOP primary against Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, who’s been targeted this year by the Idaho Freedom Foundation after she sharply criticized the lobbying group. Packer is an office manager…

Sen. Nuxoll’s campaign funds nearly all from outside her district

Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, filed her campaign finance report, and it shows that of the $6,200 in campaign contributions she’s raised since Jan. 1, just one contribution for $250 came from within her district; that was from KBC Transport LLC of Kooskia. All the…

Kootenai County sheriff’s candidates debate need for larger jail

For over a decade Kootenai County officials have wrestled with how to tackle jail crowding knowing that voters don’t want to raise property taxes to pay for a construction project.

Kootenai County candidates differ on proper role of sheriff

The race for sheriff of Kootenai County has gone well beyond a debate over patrol staffing, deputy pay and jail crowding. Rathdrum attorney John Green is challenging Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s ideological view on the role of sheriff.

Eye on Boise: Idaho investigating possible campaign finance violations

Chief Deputy Idaho Secretary of State Tim Hurst says the Secretary of State’s office will be looking into an apparent attempt to evade campaign finance limits by Idaho Falls businessman Doyle Beck, who gave a series of $1,000 contributions to legislative candidate M.C. “Chick” Heileson from six related companies that Beck owns.

SupCourt hopefuls to face off tonight at 8 in televised debate

Tonight at 8, viewers across the state will have the opportunity to see all four of the candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court debate head-to-head as part of the “Idaho Debates” on Idaho Public Television. The four hopefuls – Rupert attorney Robyn Brody, Court of…