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Court won’t hear redistricting appeal

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday and halted two top GOP leaders’ power play over redistricting that was threatening to delay the state’s primary election. The court …


Redistricting fracas divides Idaho GOP

The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday and halted a power play over redistricting by two top GOP leaders that was threatening to delay the state’s primary election.


Idaho GOP in intense internal fight over redistricting

Idaho’s dominant Republican Party on Monday deepened an intense internal fight, with the state GOP chairman and House speaker announcing they’d fired two of their own redistricting commissioners, at least …


Tea partyers to challenge 3 veteran Idaho GOP legislators

BOISE – A trio of tea party sympathizers is challenging three longtime GOP incumbents in North Idaho’s legislative District 1, as Idaho gears up for its first closed Republican primary …


Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear

BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …


Idaho high court overturns redistricting, may delay primary

BOISE – Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May …


Idaho high court overturns redistricting plan

Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May primary election.


Hart lawyer says state law trumps feds’ lawsuit

BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has cited his status as a state legislator numerous times in seeking delays in his court fights over paying state and federal …


Elections, redistricting likely to play big role in Idaho

BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers head into an election-year session, they’re facing big decisions. Lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter budgeted so conservatively last year that they’re now sitting on a …


Idaho businessmen to challenge GOP allies

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has drawn an opponent in the upcoming May GOP primary, as has his ally in their North Idaho legislative district, Rep. Vito Barbieri. Longtime …


Otter says he’ll seek third term as governor

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped something of a bombshell at a campaign fundraiser this week in Coeur d’Alene: He said he’ll run for a third term as governor in 2014. …


Idaho Gov. Otter says he’ll seek 3rd term

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped something of a bombshell at a campaign fundraiser last night in Coeur d’Alene: He said he’ll run for a third term as governor in 2014.


Another challenge to Idaho’s new districts filed

Seven northern Idaho counties have filed their challenge to Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan. The challenge criticizes the bipartisan citizen panel that wrote the plan this year and calls for …


New Idaho redistricting challenge calls for return of 1st commission

Seven northern Idaho counties have filed their challenge to Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan, and it includes criticism of the bipartisan citizen panel that wrote the plan this year and …


Idaho legislators hope for less pain in ’12

BOISE – Idaho’s headed for a different kind of legislative session in January, one marked less by painful budget cuts and more by political and philosophical battles, key lawmakers said …


Lawsuit challenges Idaho’s new legislative map

BOISE – Seven northern Idaho counties are planning a lawsuit to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan, which already faces one legal challenge. “These northern counties want to make sure …


Second lawsuit could challenge Idaho district plan

Seven North Idaho counties are planning a second lawsuit to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan.


Eye on Boise: 4 counties in lawsuit offer own district map

BOISE – The four Idaho counties that are suing to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan – which include Kootenai County – have drawn up and submitted to the Idaho …


County votes to join redistricting lawsuit

Kootenai County commissioners plan to sue over Idaho’s new legislative district plan, saying they object to a proposed large district that would take in a 5,000-person chunk of the county …


Kootenai County decides to sue over redistricting

Kootenai County commissioners have decided to sue over Idaho’s proposed new legislative district plan, saying they object to a proposed large new district that would take in a 5,000-person chunk …


Eye on Boise: State revenues fall just shy of predictions

BOISE – Idaho’s general fund revenues for October are in, and they’re almost exactly on target, missing state economists’ forecast by just 0.7 percent. At $209.9 million, the month’s tax …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s dimmer economic outlook mirrors nation’s

BOISE – Idaho’s new economic forecast is out, and it’s a gloomier outlook than the state’s last forecast in July – though it still predicts growth. The change comes mainly …


Eye on Boise: Risch no longer among 15 richest lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has dropped one spot on Roll Call’s list of the 50 richest members of Congress, to 16th. The Capitol Hill newspaper analyzes congressional financial …


Labrador’s wife on campaign staff

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has put his wife, Becca, on his campaign payroll with a monthly salary – a legal practice that has drawn much criticism since …


Idaho GOP schedules first straw poll

BOISE – Idaho’s Republican Party has scheduled its first presidential straw poll for Jan. 6 in Boise, and it’s hoping to attract candidates to the Gem State to woo Republican …


Idaho sets Jan. 6 GOP presidential straw poll

Idaho’s Republican Party has scheduled its first-ever presidential straw poll in Boise on Jan. 6, and is hoping to attract the candidates to the Gem State to woo the state’s …


Redistricting alters game in some political circles

BOISE – Idaho legislators or candidates who don’t like their new districts have just two weeks to move if they want to run elsewhere. That’s just one of the many …


Post your thoughts on education reform

BOISE – Public comments on the State Board of Education’s proposed new online class graduation requirement – requiring every Idaho high school student to take two online courses to graduate …


Ex-football player, Democrat challenges Labrador

A 33-year-old Lewiston native who retired as an NFL football player in 2009 has launched a run for Congress in Idaho, taking on freshman GOP Rep. Raul Labrador in the …


Former NFL player launches run for Congress in Idaho

A 33-year-old Lewiston native who retired as an NFL football player in 2009 has launched a run for Congress in Idaho, taking on freshman GOP Rep. Raul Labrador in the …