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Live chat legislative recap Tuesday with Statesman’s Popkey, Kyle & Idaho Ed News’ Richert

My colleague Zach Kyle, business reporter extraordinaire, education expert Kevin Richert and I will take questions about the 2014 Legislature beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Head to the home page at IdahoStatesman.com and we’ll be there, virtually. We hope to

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Agitated Otter confronted Idaho Statesman over gay rights coverage (w/audio)

Sunday’s three-page package exploring how the absence of civil rights protections for gays impacts business and Idaho’s image was sparked by Gov. Butch Otter’s challenging the assumption made in the Idaho Statesman’s Feb. 12 story that the Gem State has

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Barker, Popkey to yak about journalism, storytelling tonight at the Library!

Veteran Statesman reporter Rocky Barker and I will speak tonight as part of the seven-week Read Me Treasure Valley program. Our talk, titled, “Journalism — Storytelling with a Purpose,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium at the main

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Pity the Otter telemarketer who dialed my number

When I get a call from a telephone solicitor, I can’t help feeling sympathetic. What a difficult job it must be to get hung up on hundreds of times in a shift. I picture the caller in a cramped space,

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Apologies to Sen. Risch: Spam filter did me in

My story today about GOP Sen. Jim Risch’s new Democratic challenger Nels Mitchell mistakenly said the Risch campaign declined my request for comment Tuesday. That was incorrect. I received a timely reply Tuesday from Jason Risch, the senator’s son and

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Hoffman: Feds worse than ‘lecherous, drunken,’ panhandling uncle

Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman says state policymakers “continue to suck up as much federal money as they can, even when our better judgment tells us we are on a dangerous course.” In an op-ed in Monday’s Twin

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Former Sali aide Hoffman: Idaho could be the next Detroit

Idaho Freedom Foundation president Wayne Hoffman, former GOP Congressman Bill Sali’s spokesman during his two years in office, says $26 million in annual federal payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) is a “western welfare program” putting Idaho on the road

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Ciao, baby! I’ll be away for four weeks

Out of gratitude to loyal readers who’ve become regular visitors to the Idaho Politics blog, I wish to beg your leave today. I’m heading to Europe with my two kids, who are on their summer breaks from college. My Spanish-speaking

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Here’s what I’m talking about, Wayne Hoffman

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My former Idaho Statesman colleague, Wayne Hoffman, has become a celebrated lobbyist, leading the fight against Gov. Butch Otter’s bill to establish a state-run health insurance exchange. Hoffman’s Idaho Freedom Foundation also operates an online news site, IdahoReporter.com, which has

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