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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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Idaho’s Marc Johnson on Bundy, Sterling and a ‘post-racial America’

Marc Johnson, the former spokesman and chief of staff to former Idaho Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, has a provocative piece about his takeaway from recent news about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. “So much for

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Honorary doctorate from BSU for human rights champion Shuler

Marylin Shuler, who received her master of public administration from Boise State in 1978 and led the Idaho Human Rights Commission from 1978 to 1998, will receive an honorary doctorate in the May 17 spring commencement ceremony. Shuler, 74, was

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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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Postscript on Conley Ward: A partisan with a conscience

Conley Ward’s death Monday was mourned across the Idaho political spectrum, in part because the former state Democratic Party chairman was such a decent man. “He was a good guy,” former GOP Gov. Phil Batt told me Tuesday. Batt was

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Former Idaho PUC commissioner, Demo chairman Conley Ward dead at 66

Conley Ward, who grew up in Owyhee County and went on to Columbia University and a distinguished career as a utilities regulator and lawyer, died Monday at his home in Kuna. Ward, 66, was one of three members of the

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On Cenarrusa’s passing: ‘Whatever Pete said, you could depend on it.’

I’m working this evening on a column to remember retired Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who died Sunday at age 95. Revered for his integrity, Cenarrusa was loyal, public-minded and quick with a joke. And it’s no accident he

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Wasden says he’ll seek record fourth term as Idaho attorney general

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden tells the Idaho State Journal he’ll run for re-election next year. “Every day is an interesting ride,” he told the Journal’s Jimmy Hancock. “And we are going to keep going. I intend to run for re-election.”

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Justice O’Connor, Gabby Giffords headline Andrus conference on women and leadership at Boise State

Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 4-6 “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century,” at Boise State University and sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be

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Idaho’s Andrus, Smylie on top 50 list of longest-serving governors

Former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus and former Republican Gov. Bob Smylie appear on a list of America’s most grizzled governors. The list appeared this week on the “Smart Politics” blog authored by Dr. Eric Ostermeier at the University of Minnesota’s

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