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Speaker to lead Roberts campaign

BOISE – A GOP state lawmaker running for Congress now has Idaho’s speaker of the House as his campaign chairman. Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, said he’s gearing up his run …


Idaho race gears up as Republicans vie to take on Minnick

A GOP state lawmaker who’s running for Congress now has Idaho’s speaker of the House, Lawerence Denney, as his campaign chairman. Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, says he’s gearing up his …


Self-fending governors pick up slack, the phone

BOISE – One of my favorite Idaho reporting anecdotes is about the time I called then-Gov. Phil Batt’s press secretary, Amy Kleiner, and a voice that clearly wasn’t Amy’s answered, …


Clock ticks in Idaho’s race for governor

BOISE – Idaho has a half dozen lesser-known candidates out stumping for governor, but no word yet from the two major parties – including that of Gov. Butch Otter – …


Larry Craig opens consulting firm

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has opened a consulting firm and plans to focus on energy issues.


Governor’s office attracts some of the usual suspects

BOISE – Although neither the incumbent governor, Butch Otter, nor a major Democratic challenger has yet announced, the 2010 Idaho governor’s race is shaping up with a plethora of candidates. …


Democrats dominate income-tax donations

BOISE – In a state where Republicans hold all but one of the top elected offices and three-quarters of the seats in the Legislature, Idaho Democrats have consistently outperformed the …


Idaho Dems more likely to give at tax time

In a state where Republicans hold all but one of the top elected offices and three-quarters of the seats in the Legislature, Idaho Democrats have consistently outperformed the GOP in …


Best ideas for region homegrown, Otter says

BOISE – In his keynote speech this past week at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s big annual conference in Boise, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter had some sharp words for the …


As eyes turn toward Minnick, Idaho district takes rare spotlight

Most years, Idaho’s congressional races inspire yawns among the nation’s political cognoscenti. It’s likely 2010 will not be one of those years. Idaho’s sprawling 1st District House race is at …


Department of Education regains staff from board

BOISE – It might seem odd that during these tight times, the state Department of Education is announcing eight new staffers for a new division to oversee all statewide, federally …


Otter, Obama score low in Idaho favorability poll

BOISE - Idahoans are much more favorable in their views of all four members of their congressional delegation than they are unfavorable, according to a new Idaho poll, but they’re …


Read Congress’ lips: Most-uttered nouns include oil, energy, water

BOISE – A new project that tracks word usage in the Congressional Record shows that the most-used word by our current senior senator, GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, in the past …


Idaho motorists rank among best for behind-the-wheel knowhow

BOISE – According to a new national survey by GMAC Insurance, Idaho drivers are tied (with Wisconsin) for best in the nation in their driving knowledge. This isn’t new drivers; …


Otter puts aside payback opportunity, signs education bills, including Nonini’s

BOISE – After House Education Chairman Bob Nonini declared on the floor of the House that Gov. Butch Otter‘s executive order for new accountability measures at the Idaho Transportation Department …


Rammell eyes governor’s office

BOISE – Rex Rammell, now a Republican candidate for governor of Idaho, has changed the colorful graphics on his giant “Conservative Express” campaign RV twice in the past month and …


Minnick supports Simpson wilderness bill

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson has tried for eight years to get his House counterpart from Idaho to support his bill to create three new wilderness areas in central …


Otter names Little to Idaho’s No. 2 post

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter made big political news just now with his announcement of his pick for the state’s new lieutenant governor: Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, a rancher and Senate …


Kempthorne reflects on service

BOISE – Outgoing U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Monday that he’s already had discussions with his successor, Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, and he promised a “smooth transition” at the …


Senator accounts for unusual expenses

BOISE – Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, reported some unusual campaign expenditures during this year’s campaign – a pig, a sheep and a pen of rabbits. “I kept the pig,” the …


A tempered Risch joining U.S. Senate

BOISE – Jim Risch was a formidable political force in Idaho, feared and admired as he wielded his power – and then, suddenly, everything ended. It was 1988, and the …


Crapo’s a committee kind of guy

BOISE – For the third straight session of Congress, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has been appointed to head the Senate Republicans’ Committee on Committees. Now, that might not sound like …


Feeling flush this time of year

BOISE - As Idaho’s state government braces for a new round of midyear budget holdbacks, the state has something it didn’t have five years ago, the last time the budget …


Site lists additional funding reports

BOISE – There’s another lively legislative race going on in North Idaho that wasn’t initially apparent from the campaign finance reports. The reason: The report for Democratic candidate Tamara Lee …


Ads blast Risch Social Security, tax policies

BOISE – Democratic Idaho Senate candidate Larry LaRocco has two new TV ads out criticizing Republican rival Jim Risch on Social Security and taxes. While the ads aren’t technically inaccurate, …


In Idaho’s 1st District, race goes down to wire

BOISE – When an outspoken conservative goes up against a centrist Republican-turned-Democrat, the result is what Idaho is seeing now: a hot race for North Idaho’s seat in Congress. Freshman …


In Idaho’s 1st Distrct, race goes down to wire

BOISE – When an outspoken conservative goes up against a centrist Republican-turned-Democrat, the result is what Idaho is seeing now: a hot race for North Idaho’s seat in Congress. Freshman …


Candidate finance reports out

BOISE – Campaign finance reports are out in legislative races, and a few North Idaho races have seen heavy fundraising. Topping the list is the third-time rematch between Rep. Eric …


Sali aide says misleading ad will be changed

BOISE – A campaign commercial that U.S. Rep. Bill Sali, R-Idaho, has been running since last week attacking Democratic challenger Walt Minnick incorrectly cites a 1993 lawsuit as evidence that …


Sali, Minnick release new round of ads

BOISE – Several political commercials came out last week in the hot race for North Idaho’s seat in Congress, adding charges and countercharges to the mix that voters must process …