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Otter coming to Spokane tax day rally

When the Tea Party of Spokane holds its first-anniversary celebration and rally at the Spokane Convention Center on Thursday – tax day – its lead speaker will be Idaho Gov. …


Sarah Palin endorses Idaho candidate

Sarah Palin has endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District GOP primary, adding oomph to a race in which the two leading contenders have been trying to out-conservative each …


Sali back at Capitol to testify, endorse

BOISE – Controversial former U.S. Rep. Bill Sali resurfaced in Idaho politics on Friday, testifying against child immunizations at a state House committee he once chaired and scheduling a Statehouse …


Dozens file candidacy for Idaho offices

BOISE – Idahoans will have a full slate of candidates to choose from in both their May 25 primary election and the general election in November for offices including governor, …


Citizen Kempthorne glad to stump on Ward’s behalf

BOISE – Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has emerged back on the Idaho political scene, endorsing 1st District congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, introducing Ward at a Statehouse press conference officially …


Minnick challenger on tour

BOISE – GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was joined by former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna on Tuesday as he kicked off an 18-stop, …


Lawmakers preparing for more road stimulus

BOISE – State transportation officials say they’re scrambling to prepare for what they’re calling “Stimulus II,” federal legislation also known as the 2010 Jobs Bill that could potentially bring another …


Garwood-to-Sagle project in highway plans this year

BOISE – If the Idaho Transportation Board’s much-scaled-back bonding proposal for the coming year wins legislative support, bonds would pay for $14 million worth of additional work on the Garwood-to-Sagle …


In her run for governor, Kemp eschews parties

BOISE – Former GOP state Rep. Jana Kemp has launched her independent campaign for governor, now that she’s surpassed the number of required verified signatures on her petition for candidacy …


GOP candidates aspire to Palin comparison

BOISE – Former Idaho Democratic congressional candidate Larry Grant was quoted by CQ Politics recently describing GOP 1st Congressional District hopeful Vaughn Ward as “a Sarah Palin Republican” and rival …


Allred advocates direct citizen input

BOISE – Perhaps the oddest thing about Keith Allred, the newly announced Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is that he’s not a Democrat. He’s not a Republican either. Instead, …


Speaker touts short session as capitol cost-saving plan

BOISE – Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney has sent out a memo to all House committee chairs and vice chairs asking them to take steps to wrap up the upcoming …


Allred to challenge Otter

BOISE – A respected nonpartisan activist, former Harvard University professor and trained mediator stunned Idaho’s political establishment Thursday by filing to run against Republican Gov. Butch Otter as a Democrat. …


Keith Allred to run against Idaho Gov. Otter

A respected non-partisan citizen activist, former Harvard professor and trained mediator stunned Idaho’s political establishment Thursday by filing to run against GOP Gov. Butch Otter as a Democrat.


Labrador seeking seat in Congress

State Rep. Raul Labrador entered the GOP primary contest for a chance to challenge Idaho’s Democratic 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick on Monday, even as a fellow Republican lawmaker urged …


Labrador enters Idaho’s 1st CD race

State Rep. Raul Labrador entered the GOP primary contest for a chance to challenge Idaho’s Democratic 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick today, even as a fellow Republican lawmaker urged him …


Context makes Minnick’s ad look awfully political

BOISE – The TV commercial features images of women over 40, transforming into a large pink ribbon that fills the screen. “185,000. That’s the estimated number of women who will …


Hansen loses legal fight

BOISE – Former seven-term Idaho congressman George Hansen has lost an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court to get out of repaying hundreds of thousands of dollars to an Idaho …


Simpson welcoming all primary Republicans

BOISE – 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson says he hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the Republican primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, though his name appears along with those …


Roberts out of congressional race

BOISE – One Republican state lawmaker pulled out of Idaho’s contested 1st District congressional race Tuesday while another jumped in. The turmoil on the GOP side came as the incumbent, …


GOP hopeful withdraws from Idaho 1st CD race

Idaho state Rep. Ken Roberts announced this morning that he’s withdrawing from the 1st District congressional race, in which he was vying for the GOP nomination for a chance to …


Bill would target Electoral College

BOISE – After Washington this year became the fifth state to endorse a big change in how the nation elects presidents – letting whoever wins the popular vote take the …


Nonpartisan Idaho races get scrutiny

BOISE – Idaho’s elections last week were all officially nonpartisan city races, but there’s growing statewide debate about what role – if any – political parties should play in those …


Voters league gets behind permanent absentee status

BOISE – The Idaho League of Women Voters has endorsed an initiative petition to let Idahoans request permanent absentee ballot status, rather than have to request an absentee ballot every …


Idaho: Partisanship growing in local elections

Idaho’s elections last week were all officially non-partisan city races, but there’s growing statewide debate about what role - if any - political parties should play in those contests.


Distance no deterrent for Senate candidate

BOISE – When Idaho’s senior senator, Mike Crapo, last sought re-election, he made history by drawing no challenger on the ballot, just a write-in. This time, Crapo has drawn a …


New Yorker seeks Idaho Senate seat

When Idaho’s senior senator, Mike Crapo, last sought re-election, he made history by drawing no challenger on the ballot, just a write-in. This time, Crapo has drawn a Democratic challenger …


Race for Congress heats up

BOISE – Vaughn Ward, a decorated Iraq war veteran and former McCain-Palin campaign official, and Ken Roberts, Idaho House majority caucus chairman from Donnelly, are announcing dueling endorsements in their …


Risch among the richest

BOISE – Freshman Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is the 13th-wealthiest member of Congress and is richer than the late Ted Kennedy, Sen. John McCain or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according …


Idaho reps of opposite parties claim cooperation

BOISE – Two Idaho congressmen appeared together last week in an unusual double-bill at the City Club of Boise, dubbed “Red Elephant, Blue Dog, A Conversation.” The two were Republican …