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Candidates face off for 3rd time

It’s a third-time rematch: Steve Elgar, who lost to Idaho state Rep. Eric Anderson by only a fraction of a percentage point two years ago after a narrow loss in …


Commercials show different sides of Risch

BOISE – Two new political commercials are airing across Idaho in the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Larry Craig. Both come from GOP candidate Jim Risch, …


Eskridge, Hollingsworth vie for House Seat 1B

Four-term Idaho state Rep. George Eskridge has focused on energy, veterans issues, property tax relief and the state budget since he began making the annual trip to Boise to represent …


Train travel could be moving south

BOISE – The nation’s passenger rail service now serves only one city in Idaho – Sandpoint. The entire southern portion of the state has been without Amtrak service ever since …


Bailout split voting surprising

BOISE – It seems that politics makes for odd allies. Debbie Holmes, the Democrat running against 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, points out an odd note in the concern this …


Sali ads begin airing on TV

BOISE – Seven weeks after his Democratic challenger started airing frequent TV campaign commercials throughout the district, incumbent 1st District Rep. Bill Sali came out with his first TV ad …


Sali voted against defense bill

BOISE – Three of the four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation are touting millions in North Idaho projects included in a defense spending bill in Congress – all but North …


Four Senate hopefuls will debate in Idaho

BOISE – Students at the College of Idaho in Caldwell were proud that they’d organized a debate in the race for U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s seat that was attracting lots …


Bonner ballots list noncandidate

Lew Langness of Bonners Ferry was a little surprised to get queries about his stands on issues and why he’s running for the Idaho state Senate. “I’m not really a …


Poll results released for Senate race

BOISE – Two different polls are out in Idaho’s U.S. Senate race, the hot race for the open seat created by the retirement of Sen. Larry Craig. But the results …


Candidates say their race not party politics

BOISE – Both candidates for North Idaho’s seat in Congress are now saying party labels don’t really matter, after Democrat Walt Minnick released a list of 60 “Republicans for Minnick” …


Beware of phone voter registration

BOISE – With the election nearing and campaigns heating up, some Idaho voters have started getting calls from what sound like helpful folks offering to get them registered to vote …


Disability benefit cut in half

BOISE – Idaho state employees who become seriously ill and go on disability leave will be laid off after 12 weeks rather than six months, the Otter administration has decided. …


Craig lawyers argue case to appeals court

A year to the day after U.S. Sen. Larry Craig started fighting to withdraw his guilty plea in a men’s room sex sting, his lawyers were back in Minneapolis on …


Rivals for Craig seat decry GOP tactics

BOISE – Three independent or third-party candidates for Larry Craig’s U.S. Senate seat are reacting angrily to GOP efforts to push them out of the race. In addition to Republican …


Senate candidates’ ads: We are worthy

BOISE – The two major-party candidates for Larry Craig’s U.S. Senate seat have hit the airwaves, each with a television commercial trying to catch the attention of voters statewide and …


Taxpayer donations favor Dems over Repubs

BOISE – Here’s a surprising development: The Idaho Election Campaign Fund, for which Idahoans have checked boxes on their state tax returns since 1975 if they want to donate a …


Luna says problems found, corrected

BOISE – A legislative audit has identified serious management problems in the office of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, problems that Luna didn’t dispute and says now have …


Risch will use contested ad again

BOISE – Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is standing by a controversial TV ad he aired in his successful primary race for a U.S. Senate seat and says he’ll run …


Idaho Senate candidates file finance reports

BOISE – Candidates vying to replace Idaho Sen. Larry Craig are gearing up for a fight, with one bringing on two dozen campaign workers and another piling up a million-dollar …


Idaho banks doing better than most

Idaho’s top financial regulator says state-chartered banks and credit unions in Idaho are “safe and sound” at a time when large financial institutions elsewhere are experiencing significant problems related to …


More states repealing liquor laws

The Idaho Legislature’s repeal this year of the ban on Election Day liquor sales – doing away with a 1939 law that stemmed from worries about voters being plied with …


LaRocco, Rammell plan 10 debates

BOISE – Two candidates for the Senate seat now held by Larry Craig say they’ll hold a series of 10 debates across the state in October, starting in North Idaho …


Primary winners set sights on Idaho’s general election

BOISE – Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch kicked off his general-election campaign for Larry Craig’s U.S. Senate seat Wednesday, saying Idahoans must vote for him so the state will have …


Grant steps out of race for Congress

BOISE – Larry Grant has withdrawn from Idaho’s 1st District congressional race and endorsed fellow Democrat Walt Minnick. “There isn’t 10 cents worth of difference between my view of the …


Takasugi joins Sali challenger

BOISE – Pat Takasugi, former state agriculture director and a prominent Republican, has signed on as campaign chairman for Matt Salisbury’s GOP primary challenge to Rep. Bill Sali. Salisbury, 34, …