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Idaho congressional candidate wants to help Trump

Back in the political game after a nearly 25-year absence, former Idaho attorney general and Lewiston native David Leroy is hitching his campaign to the president’s wagon train.

Leroy, Fulcher tout fundraising, endorsements as 1st CD race gears up

The first round of campaign finance reports is out in Idaho’s 2018 race for the open 1st Congressional District seat that current Rep. Raul Labrador is leaving to run for governor, and so far, GOP hopefuls David Leroy and Russ Fulcher have been actively raising...

Sun. column: Idaho’s political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions...

Luna won’t run for Congress after all

Former Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna, who announced earlier that he was considering running for the Idaho 1st District congressional seat the current Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate as he runs instead for governor in 2018, said today that he’s decided against running. “Cindy...

David Leroy announces candidacy for 1st District congressional seat

Former Idaho lieutenant governor and attorney general David Leroy announced today that he’ll run for the open 1st District congressional seat Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate in 2018 as Labrador runs for governor of Idaho instead. “I have been out of elective and appointive politics...

Idaho Supreme Court rejects Otter veto; ‘instant racing’ machines banned

Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines operating at three Idaho locations – including the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls – are illegal, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Lawmakers this year repealed the authorization for the controversial betting machines, which Idaho’s horse racing industry promoted as a way to raise money to support live racing. Amid heavy lobbying, Gov. Butch Otter issued a veto in April, but didn’t return the vetoed bill to the Idaho Senate within the state constitution’s required five-day time limit. The high court said that means the repeal bill became law without the governor’s signature on July 1.

Leroy: Instant racing decision ‘a sweeping and significant precedent’

David Leroy, who argued on behalf of Coeur d’Alene Racing LLC in the instant racing veto case, called today’s Idaho Supreme Court ruling “a sweeping and significant precedent.” The court rejected arguments, from him and others, that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe didn’t have standing to...

Idaho Supreme Court weighs veto of instant racing bill

BOISE – Idaho Supreme Court justices appeared unconvinced Tuesday by arguments that they should stay out of a dispute over a botched veto of a gambling bill. At issue is Gov. Butch Otter’s attempt to veto legislation that had overwhelmingly passed the Idaho House and Senate, aimed at repealing the Legislature’s 2013 authorization for slot machine-like “instant racing” machines. Otter delivered the vetoed bill back to the Senate in April two days after the five-day deadline set by the Idaho Constitution. The Senate officially acknowledged the veto was too late, but then conducted an unsuccessful vote to override the veto.

Drama in the courtroom at instant racing arguments…

This morning’s arguments in the instant racing case featured an extended exchange between Justice Daniel Eismann and Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane in which both repeatedly interrupted each other, voices were raised, and the justice accused Kane of “evading” his questions. At issue was whether...

Idaho Supreme Court to hear arguments today in instant racing case

Today is the day that the Idaho Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the instant racing case, the lawsuit from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that raises questions not only about gambling in Idaho, but also about the Idaho Constitution, the balance of power among...