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Democrats wrap up a harmonious convention

MOSCOW — Now what? By sheer convention metrics, Idaho Democrats did what Idaho Republicans failed to do a week earlier. They concluded their business Saturday afternoon with a party platform and united leadership. Idaho Democratic Party chairman Larry Kenck presides over the

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Ybarra raised only $300 in runup to primary win

Mountain Home administrator Sherri Ybarra raised only $300 in the weeks leading up to her surprise win in the May 20 GOP primary for state schools superintendent. Sherri Ybarra Ybarra has filed her post-primary campaign finance report — although the

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‘I took a different approach:’ Sherri Ybarra discusses her primary win

After 156 voicemails, countless emails — and one nomination that surprised many political observers— Sherri Ybarra is turning her attention to her next campaign. Sherri Ybarra The Republican nominee for state schools superintendent is sorting through offers to help with her

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Wild Wednesday: The GOP governor’s candidate debate, Storified

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Elections: Wasden, Troupis spar on K-12 funding issue

Chris Troupis argues a point at Monday’s City Club of Boise forum, while incumbent Attorney General Lawrence Wasden listens at right. At left is forum moderator Jim Weatherby. Asked about school budgets — and whether the state’s funding efforts pass

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Bryan Smith rips U.S. Education Department

Bryan Smith, foreground, and Rep. Mike Simpson. (Idaho Public Television photo.) Education made a cameo appearance in a testy debate Sunday night between the two Republicans running in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith — who is challenging

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A closer look at the GOP superintendents’ candidates

Who are the four Republicans and public educators who want to succeed Tom Luna as Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction? Over at Idaho Education News, we tried to answer that question with four in-depth profiles of the candidates on the

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Analysis: Eynon’s case to his conservative base

Sometimes, one more candidate makes a big difference. On Monday, City Club of Boise members heard from all four Republican candidates seeking to succeed retiring State Superintendent Tom Luna — and heard some sharp distinctions on the issues. John Eynon,

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Analysis: The educators talk education … and not as much about politics

On Wednesday night, three educators were comfortable talking education. And a little less comfortable talking politics. Three of the Republicans seeking to replace retiring State Superintendent Tom Luna talked about their classroom and administrative experience, and tried to make the

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More endowment dollars for Idaho K-12?

Idaho might be able to boost payments to public schools, without compromising the long-term health of its state land endowment accounts, according to two of the four Republican candidates for state schools superintendent. Andy Grover Andy Grover of Melba and

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