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Goo-goo alert: More kudos for Idaho Legislature’s performance auditors

In the name of good government, the Idaho Legislature’s tiny Office of Performance Evaluations continues to get notice for its work. OPE Director Rakesh Mohan’s essay on how to make complex reports interesting and readable was published this month by

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Legendary Idaho House tax committee chairman Antone dead at 92

Steve Antone, a plain-spoken farmer who spent a dozen years as the gatekeeper of Idaho tax policy, died Saturday. The Rupert Republican served 28 years in the Idaho House, the last dozen as chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation

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Malloy: Repealing 17th Amendment makes no difference in Idaho

Veteran journalist Chuck Malloy says the Idaho Republican Party’s call to return to the pre-1913 practice of having U.S. senators elected by legislators rather than voters would have no practical effect on who represents Idaho in Washington, D.C. “I say

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Idaho’s Balukoff: So manly he wears uninsulated fishing waders duck hunting

Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s snubbing of the NRA’s candidate questionnaire has generated the heaviest response of any issue since he announced his bid for governor in December, says campaign spokesman Mike Lanza. Balukoff’s April 10 Facebook post has generated about 500

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Boise’s Fisher elected ASUI president, aspires to higher office

Former Boise High Student Body President Nate Fisher has been elected president of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho. He begins his one-year term April 30. He aspires to follow in the tradition of other ASUI presidents who

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McGrane defends Ysursa’s integrity, says Idaho vote count will be fair

GOP secretary of state candidate Phil McGrane says concerns about vote counting are a “legitimate question” because of his endorsements from retiring Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and 24 of the state’s 44 county clerks who oversee and administer

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Idaho’s Otter: I’ll quit when I’m dead (w/ video)

Though he turns 72 on May 3, Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t slowed the rough-and-tumble lifestyle he began growing up on a Canyon County farm. This week, he’s nursing a strained back injured Sunday in a ranch wreck in Star. Otter

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Idaho Democrat Manning: I didn’t quiver and I wasn’t spanked

Caldwell Democratic House candidate Travis Manning objects to two aspects of a Wednesday post on the Idaho Politics blog: My characterization of him “quiveringly” backing down from his satirical Facebook post about GOP Gov. Butch Otter and my headline that described

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Fulcher and Otter differ on repeal of 17th Amendment (w/ video)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than

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Democrat Manning tweaks Otter, gets spanked by Guv’s spokesman

Canyon County House candidate Travis Manning thought he’d amuse himself and his supporters by satirizing Gov. Butch Otter on his campaign Facebook page. But the Vallivue High School English teacher quickly learned the governor found no humor in the prank.

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