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My blog hitching a ride to new location . . .

With only a week to go before the much-anticipated May 20 Idaho primary election, I get a sense something irreversible is going to happen. Think political sea change. Factions in the Idaho Republican party are going to get a polling

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Statesman Editorial Board begins meetings with four GOP Secretary of State hopefuls

Rep. Lawerence Denney, former Speaker of the Idaho House, Monday referred to one of his opponents for the GOP nomination of Secretary of State as “the establishment candidate.” Hmmm. That’s interesting since Deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane has never

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Andrus visits Statesman Editorial Board to advocate for Boulder-White Clouds protection

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who served in the Jimmy Carter administration as Interior Secretary, is less concerned about the means to the end than the results in conservation efforts, especially regarding increased protection for the Boulder-White Clouds region. Andrus,

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Wasden discusses court cases, including issues that could surface in defense of gay marriage ban

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden visited with the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board Tuesday and covered a lot of ground on issues ranging from gay marriage to prisons to the St. Lukes/St. Al’s lawsuit, Land Board history and many issues looming

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Labrador talks executive powers, points to a pathway for some piecemeal immigration reforms

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was mostly in his Congressman rather than candidate mode during an appearance before the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board Monday. After Friday’s filing deadline Labrador now has four opponents for the May 20 closed Republican primary —

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A bumper crop of Letters to the Editor continues

Almost since the beginning of the 2014 legislative session in January we have been receiving a flood of Letters to the Editor here at the Statesman. This has been a good problem to have — that so many people are

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Crapo details his objection to national monument status for Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds region

During a wide-ranging interview with the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board Tuesday, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, discussed his objection to national monument status for the Boulder-White Clouds region in Idaho. Saying he would object if it was former President George Bush

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Testimony concealed at Guns on Campus hearing

Take your pick: it was bad form or bad planning to not allow testimony today from some law enforcement personnel about Sen. Curt McKenzie’s bill to allow retired police and 21-year-olds to carry concealed weapons on Idaho college campuses. Be

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Risch asks for public assurance that efforts to free Idahoan Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are constant

Watching President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday I wondered why such opportunities to highlight people in the gallery don’t often include parents and spouses who suffer silently while awaiting the return of their imprisoned loved ones. I

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Potato Drop column mashes some lyrics

In my column earlier today praising Dylan Cline’s initiative for the Idaho Potato Drop this evening to commemorate New Year’s in Boise, I seem to have set myself up as the defacto clearinghouse for potato jokes, Drop Song lyrics and

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