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Idaho court vacancy called ‘judicial emergency’

BOISE – The nation’s federal courts have declared a “judicial emergency” in Idaho due to the vacancy in one of the state’s two U.S. district judge positions. The vacancy began when U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge took senior status on July 3 – with no replacement named.

Eye on Boise: Historical murals some think offensive will get new review

Renewed debate is emerging over two historical murals inside the former Ada County Courthouse that depict the lynching of a Native American man. The building will reopen later this summer and will be home to the University of Idaho College of Law, the state law library and some functions of the Idaho Supreme Court.

Eye on Boise: Less sun will shine on campaign finances

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is less than enthusiastic about a resolution passed by the Idaho Republican Party central committee at its summer meeting last weekend calling for loosening campaign finance reporting requirements under Idaho’s Sunshine Law. ”If they ask my advice, I would say leave it alone,” Denney said. “I’d like to see more transparency. I’d like to know where all the money comes from.”

Fulcher endorses Crapo

Surprise, suprise, surprise.... Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who ran unsuccessfully against Gov. Butch Otter in the GOP primary last year as Otter sought his third term as governor, has endorsed GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo for re-election.

Eye on Boise: Two judge replacements, two very different processes

Here’s an interesting contrast: While Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch pursue a secret process to name a recommended replacement for longtime U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who will take senior status July 3, a much different and more open process is underway to replace retiring state Court of Appeals Judge Karen Lansing. The Idaho Judicial Council issued a notice and call for applications to be received by March 4, and on March 10 published the names of 12 applicants on its website, including state district and magistrate judges, prosecutors, and attorneys from around the state. It solicited comments on the applicants from all members of Idaho’s state bar.

Mike Crapo to seek fourth term in U.S. Senate

BOISE – Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced Tuesday that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, all fellow Republicans, as his campaign co-chairs.

Crapo announces he’ll run for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador as his campaign co-chairs. In a statement from...

Eye on Boise: Bipartisan panel picked Idaho’s last federal district judge

With all the questions being raised about the secret selection process Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are using to vet candidates for the state’s next U.S. District judge, it’s worth looking at how Idaho did it the last time around. Idaho got a new federal district judge in 1995. The late U.S. District Judge Harold Ryan, who had served since 1981, took senior status on Dec. 30, 1992, and died of cancer on April 10, 1995.

Idaho senators say they are interviewing both men and women for judge post

BOISE – Idaho’s two U.S. senators insisted Thursday they are interviewing both “men and women” for a federal judicial appointment. The announcement from Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo came two days after The Spokesman-Review reported that just four finalists – all men, including two state judges and two lawyers with GOP ties – have been interviewed during the highly secretive process. At least five prominent female Idaho attorneys, including the current U.S. attorney and a U.S. magistrate, have applied for the lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court bench but have not been interviewed.