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Kootenai County Voters Approve Hospital Partnership Amendment

Hospitals Kootenai County voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing public hospitals to form partnerships with private businesses. With 8 percent of precincts reporting, 3,356 people - or 60 percent …


Batt Adds Clout To N-Waste Fight Governor On Tour, Defending His Deal With Federal Government

Gov. Phil Batt on Friday took a swipe at one of the leaders of the campaign to void his nuclear waste agreement with the federal government as he began the …


Senn, Lowe Wage Bitter Campaign

The battle for the state insurance commissioner’s job pits a warrior against a peacekeeper. Incumbent Deborah Senn infuriates insurance executives, legislators and subordinates with her combative style. She vows to …


Sounding Out Idaho Bear-Baiting, Nuclear Initiatives Lose Ground Poll Shows Dramatic Tournaround In Support For Both Measures

Initiatives aimed at banning bearbaiting and overturning Gov. Phil Batt’s nuclear waste agreement both appear headed for defeat, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted for The Idaho Spokesman-Review …


Anthony Lowe (R)

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Deborah Senn (D)

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Nuclear Waste Initiative Proposition 3 Voids Batt’s Deal With Feds

Proposition 3 would void Gov. Phil Batt’s 1995 agreement with the federal government to allow more nuclear waste shipments to Idaho in return for waste cleanup and promises of waste …


Schools To Test Four-Period Schedule

Central Valley and University high schools will try a four-period schedule for one week in November. The pilot project, which will run Nov. 20-27, is part of a year-long study …


One Percent Initiative Plan Cuts Property Taxes But Foes Say Other Taxes Would Then Have To Rise

The One Percent Initiative would cut property taxes, but it also would require the state to come up with a way to replace property taxes that now fund schools. Ron …


Term Limits Initiative Also Identifies Foes On Future Ballots

It’s perhaps the only initiative that pits conservatives against conservatives. Welcome to the 1996 revival of a push to limit the terms of congressmen and senators. Fueled by Hayden Lake …


Bear Hunting Limits Backers Say It’s Fairness; Others Call It Bad Precedent

The fight over bear hunting comes down to three simple rules, backers of Proposition 2 say. Eliminate spring black bear hunting, the use of bait, and the use of hounds …


Anti-Hunting Groups Spend, But Don’t Mend

Early snow is blocking access to some of the region’s best elk hunting this week. But that’s not why anti-hunters are giddy with delight. With huge bankrolls for political action, …


Anthony Lowe (R)

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Superintendent Of Public Instruction Bergeson Vs. Taber: He Has A New Vision; She Has Lifelong Dedication

Voters won’t have to worry about mistaking the two people who want to run the state’s public education system. Terry Bergeson and Ron Taber are as different as private and …


Lands Commissioner Belcher Vs. Mackey: Fight Centers On Timber Cutting

The contest between Democratic Lands Commissioner Jennifer Belcher and challenger Bruce Mackey has turned nasty as only a battle between a boss and former employee can. Mackey, a Republican from …


State Auditor’s Race Sonntag Vs. Keene: Challenger Lost Cpa License

State Auditor Brian Sonntag, 44, is running for a second term as state auditor. Unopposed in September’s Democratic primary, he faces Republican Robert B. Keene Jr., a Bellevue accountant with …


Deborah Senn (D)

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Insurance Commissioner Lowe Vs. Senn: Incumbent Angered Insurers; Challenger Promises There’ll Be Smoother Sailing

The state insurance commissioner campaign has turned into one of the hottest races in Washington this year. The once-obscure post is now a lightning rod as incumbent Deborah Senn continues …


Lieutenant Governor’s Race Anderson Vs. Owen: Two State Senators Vie For Light-Duty Position

The campaign for lieutenant governor, or “light governor” as the office is known because of its limited duties, is being waged by two candidates seeking the post to promote pet …


Slot Machines, Term Limits, Bear Hunting I-671: Slot Machine Plan Expands Reservation Gambling

Washington voters are being asked this year whether Indian reservations can have slot machines, bear hunters can use dogs and congressmen can be forced out of office after a set …


School Reform Initiatives I-177: Charter Plan Would Create A New Breed Of Schools

One side promises parents more control over their children’s education. The other side predicts erosion of the state’s public education system. Voters will decide who’s right in the emotional debate …


Anderson Leads List For State’s Top Jobs

Every spring when the Legislature goes home, the year-round inhabitants of Olympia’s sprawling state office buildings switch on their word processors and pound out a fresh batch of the capital …


Kenney Knows Hurdles, But Beating Munro A High One

Phyllis Kenney has overcome plenty of obstacles in her lifetime, escaping the grinding poverty of migrant labor camps to achieve success as a business owner, college trustee and Democratic leader. …


Bear Baiting Sparks Wild Debate Hunt Limit Campaign Fiercest, Most Expensive In Idaho History

Proponents say it’s a simple way to add fairness to the rules for hunting bears. Instead it’s become one of the fiercest verbal wars and most expensive initiative campaigns in …


Sounding Out Washington Race For Insurance Commissioner In A Dead Heat Bergeson Holds Clear Lead Over Taber In Superintendent Of Public Instruction Race

Three weeks of campaigning have done little to change voters’ minds about who is best to fill two key state posts, a scientific survey indicates. The race for state insurance …


Nuke Industry Funding Campaign For Batt’s Deal

Despite its attempts to portray a broad base of support, advocates of Gov. Phil Batt’s nuclear waste deal are being almost exclusively financed by eastern Idaho and nuclear industry interests. …


Law Officials Oppose Slot Machines Prosecutor, Sheriff Say Gaming Will Spread; Tribe Spokeswoman Asks For Evidence Of Ills

Spokane County’s sheriff and prosecutor spoke out Wednesday against a state initiative to legalize slot machines at Indian casinos. “What’s really at stake is the quality of life in our …


Tribal Gaming Is A Bad Bet

Washington voters approved legalized gambling 24 years ago. At the time, few people were talking about slot machines or casinos or even a state lottery. They were talking about bingo. …


Support Hunting Ethics

You aren’t allowed to shoot animals in their cages at a zoo. You shouldn’t be permitted to use dogs or bait to kill animals in the wild just as easily. …


Vote ‘No’ On Term Limits

Voters will see a “term-limits” initiative on the ballot Nov. 5. It’s called Initiative 670 in Washington and Proposition 4 in Idaho, and it’s essentially the same in both states. …