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Eye on Boise: Interest in Idaho secretary of state’s job mounting

BOISE – Just a week after longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced that he’d retire rather than seek another four-year term in 2014, the list of those considering running for the post in the May GOP primary has swelled. Added to the list on Friday: Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to retire in 2015

BOISE – Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced Friday that he’s decided not to seek a fourth term in the office, choosing instead to retire. Ysursa, 64, is something of an institution, having served not only as secretary of state for the past 12 years, but before that as chief deputy to the secretary of state beginning in the 1970s.

Rep. Raul Labrador says ‘it’s not the time’ for immigration legislation

BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who has been at the center of talks in Congress on immigration reform, says he now believes reform likely won’t happen this year after all, and he’s advised House GOP leaders that “it’s not the time” to negotiate with the Obama administration on the issue. Labrador’s comments come as reform proponents, including prominent Idaho business and agriculture leaders and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stepped up a lobbying effort this week to push for reforms.

Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters

BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are part of his group’s lobbying campaign to repeal Idaho’s exchange. Others said the effort appears aimed at Idaho’s 2014 elections, when every seat in the Idaho Legislature will be on the ballot.

Eye on Boise: Idaho’s per-capita taxes among lowest in country

BOISE – Idaho’s tax burden per capita ranks 49th in the nation, according to the latest results from an annual study by the Idaho State Tax Commission. It’s the lowest among 11 Western states. The study found that Idaho’s per-capita tax burden is $2,975, compared to the $4,296 national average and a $3,648 median among Western states.

Idaho secretary of state candidate Denney would see pension spike

BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose pension benefits would soar by more than 600 percent if he wins his bid for secretary of state, personally killed legislation last year that would have ended the costly special treatment for longtime legislators who land high-paying government jobs at the end of their careers. “He’s the one that made sure the bill died,” said former state Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, the bill’s sponsor.

Lawerence Denney seeks Idaho Secretary of State post

BOISE – Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, now a state representative from Midvale, launched his campaign for Idaho Secretary of State on Thursday, even as current GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa remained undecided about seeking another term. Denney, a 65-year-old farmer, said he’s been “prayerfully considering this move for quite some time … and we have decided that now is the time.”