Idaho voters will soon be inundated with campaign ads and sound bites from political candidates who proclaim to know exactly what Idahoans want. But it's unclear how voters are feeling heading into the May 20 primary election, thanks to a lack of public opinion polling. Without such polling, it's tough to tell if politicians' rhetoric matches the electorate's viewpoint.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses.
Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA.
Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.
Bethine Church was widow of Senator Frank Church and would have turned 91 on Feb. 19 2014, she died on Dec. 21, 2013 at her home in Boise. Bethine was one of Idaho’s sweethearts and a political powerhouse in her own right. Her contributions to Idaho and its institutions are numerous and include being the founder and chair of The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.
Shortly after the launch of this weekly radio show in 2003, Bethine Church was a guest and we spoke about her new memoir, “A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics.”
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In election years, we hear a lot of reporting from swing states: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin. We do not usually hear as much from a place like Idaho, because it is so deeply one color: red. But this midterm election year, Idaho is home to one of the most closely watched races in this nation. A Republican is battling another Republican in a primary campaign that may point to where the party, as a whole, is heading.
In 2013, the battle lines were drawn within the Republican Party. This year, war may be breaking out across the country.
The Tea Party has already proven it has the energy, influence and cash to change elections and shape the landscape of Congress. Now, moderate and establishment-oriented Republicans are trying to match their intensity.
A Boise lawyer plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Risch.
Nels Mitchell aims to announce his run Tuesday at Boise's historic train depot.
Mitchell grew up in Idaho's capital, but spent much of his professional career as a lawyer in New York and California.
His legal experience includes several years as an associate regional director at the Securities and Exchange Commission in southern California, where he oversaw a staff of about 75 people who investigated and prosecuted securities fraud cases in the Los Angeles area.
The 2014 Idaho legislative session started just last week, but there are already people watching the calendar to see when lawmakers will go home. That matters to taxpayers because each day of the session costs roughly $30,000.
Lawmakers aren't just thinking about the money, but they're gearing up for the primary election this May.
Update, 4:30 p.m.: Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday.
Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains "fluid" and that no meeting agenda has been finalized.
Idaho’s lieutenant governor announced Wednesday his plans to run for the same office in 2014. Brad Little made the announcement during an outdoor event in his hometown of Emmett.
The news ends speculation that Little was preparing for a run for governor. Idaho’s current governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, attended Little’s announcement. Otter has said he plans to run for re-election in 2014, but has not officially kicked off a campaign.
Little will now visit various Idaho cities over the next two weeks.
A Boise school board trustee is considering whether to run for Idaho governor as a Democrat.
The Idaho Statesmanreports A.J. Balukoff will decide sometime in the next several months whether to wage a 2014 campaign against two-term Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who says he's running again.
Balukoff has been on the Boise School Board for 16 years.
He's also part-owner of the Century Link Arena, the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team and the Grove Hotel, all in Boise.
Democrats in Idaho are hoping to breathe new life into the party in this overwhelmingly Republican state. Party leaders are hitting the road with an appeal to Latino, gay and lesbian, and female voters.
Idaho voters will soon have a new state-issued voter guide arriving in their mailboxes in the coming weeks. But the information inside hasn’t been fact-checked.
The Secretary of State’s office – which oversees elections – puts the guide together. It gets input from both sides of an issue or a race, and then prints what those campaigns submit. But that material isn’t vetted for accuracy.
Republicans meet next week in Tampa, Florida to officially nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s 2012 presidential candidate. But in one of the reddest counties in the Northwest- Kootenai County, Idaho - a public rift is pulling apart the GOP – exposing factions Republicans are struggling to unite across the nation.
There’s one event every year in Coeur d’Alene where the local Republican Party can really shine in spectacular, patriotic fashion: The Fourth of July parade.
A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. The case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder withheld documents from a congressional investigation into the failed border security operation knownas“Fast and Furious.”
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) has been critical of Holder and Operation Fast and Furious since last year. He spoke on the House floor before the vote. "The Attorney General has not only failed to produce all the relevant documents, he has misled this Congress and thereby prevented us from uncovering the truth."