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Rammell sells RV, dinosaur, moves to Wyoming

Flamboyant former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell says he’s given up on Idaho politics and is moving to Wyoming, after he lost a state legislative race for a North Idaho …


Idaho senator repays state for letter to GOP voters

Campaign finance reports show that Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, has reimbursed the Senate for the cost of an end-of-session letter she sent out to Republican voters that touted …


Dems control Idaho tax panel

BOISE – For the past three months, one of Republican Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s departments has been controlled by Democrats. It’s the state Tax Commission, which is constitutionally required to …


Eye on Boise: Twin Falls GOP committee hopeful draws party’s ire

BOISE – Good grief – it’s happened again. It turns out that it’s not only up north that one warring GOP faction has tried to hijack another one’s name, as …


Eye on Boise: GunPAC’s targets curiously chosen

BOISE – Among the weirdest things that emerged from campaign finance reports in Idaho this week – which showed that House Republican leaders were funneling money from their leadership PAC …


Primary rivalry heats up in GOP

BOISE - With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday …


Idaho Republicans turn on one another

With Idaho’s first closed GOP primary just a week away, Idaho Republicans are turning on each other with a ferocity unseen in decades. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday revealed everything …


Low vote turnout in Idaho feared

Much is at stake in Idaho’s May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in the Legislature. Because Republicans so completely dominate state politics, many of …


Nonini donates to Cameron challenger

BOISE – State Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute, $1,000 campaign donation through his political action committee to the primary election …


Nonini backs rival to 11-term fellow GOP lawmaker

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute $1,000 campaign donation through his PAC to the primary election challenger of the sitting chairman …


New district gets state-funded mailing

Kris Sabo, of Sagle, was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, talking about Nuxoll’s record and thanking supporters as she …


Idaho senator sends state-funded letter to new district

Kris Sabo of Sagle was surprised when an official state-funded letter arrived in the mail from Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, talking about Nuxoll’s record and thanking supporters as she …


Idaho Senate hopeful touts ethics pledge

Politics are heating up in North Idaho. Former state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who’s running for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil …


Republican newcomers vying for CdA seat

With fourth-term Republican Rep. Marge Chadderdon of Coeur d’Alene stepping down, the only contested race in the primary for Idaho’s legislative District 4 this year is between the two young …


Idaho’s District 3 drawing challenges in GOP

For the last two elections, one North Idaho legislative district saw few contested races, as popular incumbents were repeatedly re-elected. This year is different, with fourth-term Republican Rep. Frank Henderson …


Labrador way ahead in campaign cash

North Idaho’s freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven’t. Labrador’s pulling in PAC money …


Idaho Democrats to caucus Saturday

Idaho Democrats will caucus on Saturday morning to select their presidential delegates, and they’re inviting folks to join them at the gatherings in each Idaho county. In Kootenai County, the …


Bipartisanship in Congress sadly lacking, Labrador says

BOISE – Idaho congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship Tuesday, saying the politics in Washington, D.C., are too tainted by partisan rifts. Labrador told the Idaho House and …


Labrador: Duty ‘transcends party affiliation’ in Idaho Legislature

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador issued a call for bipartisanship today, saying the politics in Washington, D.C. are too tainted by partisan rifts.


Many seek North Idaho legislative seats, including Hart’s

In Idaho’s upcoming elections, North Idaho’s most-Republican legislative district will have a Democratic challenger vying for every seat.


Eye on Boise: Legislative races shaping up; Rammell files to run

BOISE – Bombastic former gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has filed to run for the Legislature against freshman Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, and that’s just the start of the election news. …


Harwood won’t seek new term in House

BOISE – Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year. “I’m not going to run,” Harwood said Thursday. “My wife’s …


Labrador launches re-election campaign

BOISE – Idaho congressman Raul Labrador launched his re-election bid Monday, flanked by more than 30 state lawmakers and a bevy of the state’s top GOP elected officials, declaring, “Washington …


Idaho Rep. Labrador launches re-election bid

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador announced his bid for a second term on the Statehouse steps today, flanked by more than 30 state lawmakers who served with him when he was …


Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales

BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …


Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …


Hammond says he won’t run for Senate re-election

BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the Idaho state Senate and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along …


Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government …


Idaho redistricting commission adopts new plan

BOISE – After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission adopted a new legislative district plan late Friday – one that doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, …


New Idaho redistricting plan reshuffles lawmakers

After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission has adopted a new legislative district plan - and this one doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and …