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Idaho GOP drops plan to vet primary candidates

Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change to let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they’ll consider plenty of other …


Idaho Senators offer new District 2

BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two …


North Idaho senators propose redistricting plan

Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for North Idaho that would eliminate the oddly shaped District 2, but would also lump two other senators into …


Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


Lawmaker’s behavior has medical cause, lawyer says

BOISE – The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …


Romney makes fundraising visits

BOISE – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who swung through Boise for a private fundraising breakfast Monday, has lined up most of Idaho’s top GOP officials for his campaign’s “Idaho …


McGee ‘looking for promised land’ before arrest

BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …


Romney lines up support from top Idaho GOP officials

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who swung through Boise for a private fundraising breakfast this morning, has lined up most of Idaho’s top GOP officials for his campaign’s “Idaho steering …


Eye on Boise: Simpson relishes sticking fork in rule curbing potatoes

Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel hears border tales

BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, …


Idaho redistricting commission gets to work

BOISE – When Coeur d’Alene contractor and former state lawmaker Dean Haagenson served on Idaho’s redistricting commission a decade ago, he received telephone threats and threats against his business. “I …


Idaho redistricters urged to focus on state, not party

When Coeur d’Alene contractor and former state lawmaker Dean Haagenson served on Idaho’s redistricting commission a decade ago, he got telephone threats, threats against his business and more. Haagenson was …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho representation on redistricting panel down

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is gearing up to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, and this time around there’ll be just one North Idaho member: businesswoman …


Independent Idaho in for poll surprise

BOISE – Say you’re an Idaho voter who wants to cast a ballot in next year’s primary election for Sarah Palin for president, or Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney. In …


Eye on Boise: Deadline’s today to remove studded tires

BOISE – It may seem like it’s been awfully wintry lately, but the Idaho Transportation Department is sticking to the calendar – studded snow tires must be removed in Idaho …


Closed primary legislation hits snag in Idaho House

BOISE – Legislation to require Idahoans to register by political party and allow parties to close primary elections to all but party members ran into trouble in a House committee …


Idaho’s open primary infringes on GOP, judge rules

BOISE – A federal judge on Wednesday declared Idaho’s open primary election system unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the right of the state’s Republican Party to limit primaries to members. …


Eye on Boise: Resolutions abound at GOP meeting

BOISE – When Idaho’s Republican State Central Committee gathered for its recent winter meeting, it faced 37 proposed resolutions, including one supporting tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, in his ethics …


Idaho troopers doing duties with 1977 staffing level

BOISE – There are the same number of Idaho State Police troopers patrolling the state’s roads now as there were in 1977, Idaho lawmakers learned last week, even though the …


Eye on Boise: Labrador hires ex-rival’s ‘most important person’

BOISE – New GOP congressman Raul Labrador has hired outgoing Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick’s constituent services director, Lisa Anderson, to be his constituent services director. “Essentially she’ll be performing the …


Face Time: Allred staying focused on citizens’ interests

BOISE – Before Keith Allred ran for governor of Idaho, the former Harvard University professor was becoming an increasingly common sight in Idaho’s state Capitol, where he spent five years …


Eye on Boise: Minnick concession Tweet No. 8 on ranking list

BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s election-night concession on Twitter made history – according to Twitter. It was ranked No. 8 on the site’s list of the “10 Most Powerful …


Land Board’s PR agent well known among GOP

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state’s top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials …


Representative says he’s paying price for complaint

BOISE – Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, who filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, says Hart confronted him over it during the Dec. 2 organizational session of …


New lawmaker knows of student debt

BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans. “It’s how I got through law school,” …


Labrador still staddled with student debt

BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans.


Eye on Boise: PERSI director assures Idaho funds not in trouble

BOISE – Idaho’s public employee retirement system has been deluged by calls, e-mail and visits from worried state and local government retirees who are concerned that it’s going to be …


Idaho elects its first Hispanic congressman

Idaho elected its first Hispanic to represent the state in Congress on Tuesday, as Raul Labrador upset freshman Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick with a decisive 51 percent to 41.3 percent …


Idaho Election Night updates

Running election updates for Kootenai County and North Idaho.


Idaho Gov. Otter faces rivals in final debate

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter defended his cuts to education and his track record as governor Thursday night, as he met four rivals in the final debate before Tuesday’s election.