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Deregulation Surge Now A Standoff Uncertainty Over Rates Has Both Parties Afraid

Lawmakers who’ve been circling each other over energy deregulation now seem locked in a political sumo wrestling match, with neither side willing to relinquish its hold. The result is an …


Democrat Challenges Lance

Lincoln County Prosecutor Brit Groom launched his Democratic campaign for attorney general by vowing to listen to, understand and meet the needs of counties and other local governments. “When we, …


House Passes Truck Safety Bill Measures Also Approved On Parking Permits, Uniforms

Sparked by tragedies involving children hit by delivery trucks, the House passed a bill Tuesday that would require rear mirrors or backup warning devices on small commercial vehicles. House Bill …


Legislative Almanac

Tuesday, Feb. 10 HIGHLIGHTS: Sparked by tragedies involving children hit by delivery trucks, the House passed a bill that would require rear mirrors or backup warning devices on small commercial …


Lawmaker Urges Local Child-Care Rules

Because child-care needs differ dramatically across Idaho, local communities are the key to improvement efforts, Sen. Gordon Crow told lawmakers Tuesday. Crow, R-Hayden, presented the House and Senate Health and …


Republicans Legislate End Run Around Locke Threat Of Voter Referendum Neutralizes Governor’s Veto

Gary Locke


Kempthorne Still Has $168,000 In Senate War Chest

Sen. Dirk Kempthorne spent nearly $30,000 on consulting and polling last fall during the month he was deciding whether to become the heir apparent to retiring Republican Gov. Phil Batt, …


Valley, City Delegations Lobby Olympia For Transportation Funds

Valley Chamber chairman Robert Henry urged stronger communications. File photo


Victims Call For Sex Offender Legislation ‘Why Must The Children Be The Ones To Suffer?’ Asks 16-Year-Old Hauser Lake Victim

Senators sat transfixed as victims of sex offenders pleaded for laws making their offenders’ names and addresses public. “If anyone in this room agrees that these offenders have more rights …


Boise Man Launches Campaign For Controller Former Gop Official Challenges The Only Democrat Holding Statewide Office

Republican Harold Orien launched his campaign for the state controller’s office on Monday, promising more efficient operations than those under the incumbent, J.D. Williams, Idaho’s only Democrat holding statewide office. …


Lance Kicks Off Campaign

With unusually strong support from Gov. Phil Batt, Attorney General Alan Lance launched his campaign for re-election Thursday at the Statehouse. Usually state officials at least publicly maintain a neutral …


Future Is Yours For The Shaping

Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining. Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used …


Pair Of Simple Amendments Lacking Any Major Opposition

Washington voters are being asked to approve two amendments to the state Constitution, to allow four-year school levies and to enable local governments to offer homeowners loans so they can …


Initiative 676 Triggers Costly Fight Over Gun Safety, Control Poll Finds Strong Opposition In East; Lukewarm Support On West Side Of State

Federal prosecutor Tom Wales and Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan debate Initiative 676 Thursday at City Hall. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


More Candidates Pop Up On Idaho Election Scene

Three more Idahoans have joined the parade of politicians running for statewide office. The announcements began in earnest after Gov. Phil Batt said last month he would not run for …


Idaho Law Costs Kempthorne Recent Campaign Finance Reform Prohibits Senator From Using $290,000 War Chest For Governor’s Race

When Idaho lawmakers passed the state’s first-ever limits on campaign contributions this year, the limits were criticized as mere symbolism. But now they may cost Sen. Dirk Kempthorne’s gubernatorial campaign …


Industry Has Biggest Stake In Referendum 47 Measure Limits Property Tax Hikes To Inflation, Puts Cap On Increases In Assessed Value

The people pushing Referendum 47 would like to say that if property tax reform passes, landowners will see big, big cuts in their tax bills. They’d like to, but they …


Kempthorne Enters Race For Governor Republicans Line Up Behind Senator

Sen. Dirk Kempthorne


Deal Offers Ammunition For State Initiative Debate

A deal between President Clinton and the nation’s gun makers to put safety devices on new handguns should help a Washington state initiative, the proposed law’s supporters said Thursday. “I …


Simpson Considers Senate Run Decision Hinges On Whether Kempthorne Tries For Governor

House Speaker Michael Simpson says he might consider a run for the U.S. Senate if GOP incumbent Dirk Kempthorne decides to campaign for governor. The Blackfoot Republican has long been …


Batt Announcement Sets Up ‘98 Dominoes Gop Studies Possible Job Swaps; Demos See Chance To Rebound

Gov. Phil Batt’s decision to forgo re-election may affect several races. File/The Spokesman-Review


Batt Won’t Seek Second Term Governor Cites Age As Factor In Announcing Surprise Decision

Popular Idaho Gov. Phil Batt announced Wednesday that he won’t seek a second term. Batt, 70, said, “If I were to serve out another term, I would be nearly 76.” …


Hygienists Get Teeth Cleaning Before Voters Group Brushes Off Concerns Over Move To Practice Independently Of Dentists

Voters will decide in November if dental hygienists can clean teeth free of a dentist’s control, a move backers say would save patients money and foes argue would threaten patients’ …


Idaho’s General Election Expected To Be Dull

The next general election in Idaho may be one of the dullest ever. That’s why politicians are keeping a close eye on Gov. Phil Batt. If Batt decides to seek …


Former Lawmaker Considers Run For State Superintendent

Former House Education Committee Chairman Ron Black of Twin Falls has joined others sizing up state Schools Superintendent Anne Fox for the next Republican primary. “I’m seriously thinking about it,” …


Will Demi, Bruce Stay In Idaho?

In the aftermath of the defeat of a proposition to overturn Gov. Phil Batt’s nuclear waste agreement with the federal government, a question remains unanswered. Will actor Bruce Willis, who …


Senn Hangs On To State Insurance Post

Bergeson


Election ‘96: State-By-State

1. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., watches election results on television with his daughters Vanessa, right, and Alexandra. Photo by Associated Press 2. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, kisses his wife Wendy …


Gambling Initiative Rolls Craps

Statewide initiatives Washington state tribes asked voters to think about the plight of Indian reservations as they went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to authorize slot machines at …


Voters Reject Bear, Waste Initiatives Term Limits Proposition Too Tight To Call; Late Campaign Against Ban On Baiting Successful

Statewide initiatives Bear baiting will continue to be part of Idaho’s outdoor life, and nuclear waste disposal won’t change. But the success of a term limits initiative was too close …