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Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and more. But GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist sent out a news release on Thursday touting his fundraising, saying his campaign raised nearly $575,000 between March 1 and June 30, with more than half of the donations below $100.
Last weekend’s hacking of Idaho state treasurer websites was part of a much broader – and apparently continuing – “mischief” attack that probed websites for security holes to deface pages. But the intruders who attacked the sites in Idaho and elsewhere did not otherwise compromise site security, and did not get access to databases with user information.
Idaho state treasurer Ron Crane's website hacked with an Islamic State message; fire season arrives in southern Idaho; giant sequoia moved; Payette cabin sites auctioned; Balukoff mulling another guv run; and more from while I was gone...
Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane has announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2018 to a sixth term, and will retire instead.
An oversight by the overseers? It’s possible, but Crane isn’t talking, which raises the suspicion that the problem could go deeper.
Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane isn’t saying why a state committee he chairs that’s charged with enhancing Idaho’s state credit rating hasn’t met in six years, and this year, when its annual report for the first time showed a problem – a Securities and Exchange Commission violation – Crane’s office delayed posting the report online for four months.
A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on higher ed per student in Idaho remains 30.8 percent below pre-recession levels, when adjusted for inflation, the seventh-highest percentage in the country.
With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts.
Asked about the proposed constitutional amendment to remove the Attorney General from the state Land Board and replace him with the state treasurer, Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane was surprised. “I would defer to the wisdom of the Legislature. I’m willing to serve in that...
Idaho lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to change the Idaho Constitution to remove the Attorney General from the state Land Board and replace him with the state treasurer.
Eye on Boise column for Sunday