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Moving day at Idaho Politics, with new brand name — Popkey on Politics

After about 18 months on WordPress, we’re shifting our Idaho Statesman blog to our main website. This is my final post on the old platform. We’ve also decided on a name change in this golden age of branding. Henceforth, Idaho

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Teachers’ union endorses McCrostie; Bieter backing Farris in Boise House race

In one of the few Democratic primaries on the May 20 ballot, 2012 congressional candidate and former NFL player Jimmy Farris has been endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Councilman TJ Thomson. First-time candidate and teacher John McCrostie 

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Fulcher: Otter’s loyalty to public in question, as four lobbyists run campaign

UPDATED, 1:40 p.m., noting Fulcher’s top campaign aide also worked as a lobbyist. Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter’s reliance on lobbyists to operate his re-election campaign calls into question who he’d represent in a third term — ordinary

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Who will control Idaho GOP?: Ada post-primary meeting May 29

With 77 percent of GOP precinct committee races being contested in Ada County, the organizational meeting of the newly elected members of the county Republican Central Committee will be a key measure of which faction wins control of the GOP

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Democratic congressional candidates to appear Thursday at CWI in Nampa

Former 2nd District Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings will be joined by the party’s other two major federal candidates at a College of Western Idaho forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nampa. U.S. Senate hopeful Nels Mitchell, a

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Idaho Legislature up for 1.5% pay increase, roughly in line with other state employees

Unless they overturn a unanimous recommendation from a citizens’ panel, Idaho’s part-time legislators will receive a $246 annual pay increase, or 1.5 percent. Pay for the 63rd Idaho Legislature would increase from $16,438 to $16,684, under Tuesday’s decision by the

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Berch accuses Luker of ‘borrowing a page’ from Mark Patterson playbook

West Boise Democrat Steve Berch is accusing four-term GOP Rep. Lynn Luker of engaging in the “same public avoidance tactic” employed by former GOP Rep. Mark Patterson in the 2012 campaign. Luker’s offense? Not completing the Idaho Statesman’s voter guide

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Andrus yells ‘heart attack!’ in a crowded Idaho polling place

Former four-term Idaho Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus caused a stir last week when he showed up to vote early in the May 20 primary. Andrus and his wife, Carol, will be out of town Election Day, so he went to

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Fulcher: Otter ‘phony’ math off by $7 billion on economic growth

Sen. Russ Fulcher is throwing cold water on Gov. Butch Otter’s announcement Thursday that he was “thrilled” to report Idaho’s gross domestic product reached $60 billion in the final quarter of 2013. Otter’s math is off by $7 billion, says

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Playing hardball: Otter backs challenger to Sen. Pearce in another center-right showdown

In a rare move, Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed first-time candidate Abby Lee over Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce, an eight-term GOP lawmaker from New Plymouth. Pearce is backing Sen. Russ Fulcher’s challenge to Otter. The endorsement

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