Idaho Politics

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Many Idahoans have taken part in marches and protests this year for everything from women’s rights to health care to immigration reform. Now, a national organizer is coming to Boise to talk about her journey and talk tactics when it comes to shaping social change.

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The Idaho senate has a new member. Governor Butch Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho man to fill a vacancy left by the former majority leader.


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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist is taking heat for donations he made to Democratic candidates between 2014 and 2016. The Kootenai County GOP Committee passed a resolution condemning Ahlquist for his political contributions and questioning his Republican allegiance.


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The 19 gun salute at Capitol Park punctuated the somber day, filling the hot summer air with smoke. As the Honor Guard brought Gov. Cecil Andrus' casket into the capitol rotunda, an Idaho National Guard band played.


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Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus died on Thursday, after years in political office and public service. He was a Democratic Governor in a state with a Republican legislature, but still managed to get things done.


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So far, five Republican candidates are jockeying to be Idaho's next lieutenant governor. We have a look at the candidates, the job and the latest financial numbers from their campaigns.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a motion to proceed with GOP health care legislation. Idaho’s two senators voted in favor of the motion. Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch both voted in favor of the motion, which required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to proceed.

The vote fell along party lines, but two Republican senators dissented.

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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is back in the hospital after undergoing two back surgeries.

Otter first underwent surgery for a ruptured disc July 7. According to his office, the governor went home the following day but was still experiencing numbness and pain in his back. After more tests, he went through a second surgery last Friday. He briefly went home Saturday but then quickly returned after developing infection symptoms.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador sent Idaho voters a campaign mailer ornamented with the state seal asking for contributions to his 2018 gubernatorial bid, even though the secretary of state's office said Thursday the seal should only be used for official state business.

Labrador's fundraiser flier asked voters to give $50, $75, $100 or more in campaign donations. The mailer, sent out earlier this month, aimed to get people to pledge their support for Labrador's 2016 campaign promises to move America to a more conservative direction.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has removed language from his campaign website promising to fight to protect Idaho's right to define marriage.

Ahlquist is the only gubernatorial candidate whose website includes a resolution to protect the "sanctity of marriage."

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State Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, sponsored successful legislation the last two years to change how police in Idaho handle, process and store what are known as "rape kits." The kits are used by investigators to preserve evidence of a sexual assault.

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Leaders in the Idaho Legislature are assembling a working group to examine ethics and financial disclosure requirements in the state.

Idaho is one of just three states requiring no financial disclosures for state legislators, other elected officials, and government appointees. So-called “revolving door” laws that prevent officials from immediately hopping into similar roles in the private sector – those too are absent.

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The field of candidates for Idaho’s Lt. Governor has again increased. There are now five GOP hopefuls seeking the position.

The former chairman of the state’s Republican Party, Steve Yates, is the most recent to throw a hat in the ring for Lt. Governor. The businessman from eastern Idaho previously served as an aid to Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Update 10:34 a.m. Thursday: Former Republican Lt. Governor David Leroy has filed paperwork to run for Labrador's seat. He is the first candidate to enter the race.

Earlier this week Republican Rep. Raul Labrador filed paperwork to run for Idaho governor, ending a long period of speculation about whether he would jump into the race. Now, political wonks are turning their attention to who might seek his congressional seat. 

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After months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador walked into the Idaho Secretary of State's office Tuesday morning and signed the paperwork to start his run for governor.

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