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Malloy: Repealing 17th Amendment makes no difference in Idaho

Veteran journalist Chuck Malloy says the Idaho Republican Party’s call to return to the pre-1913 practice of having U.S. senators elected by legislators rather than voters would have no practical effect on who represents Idaho in Washington, D.C. “I say

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Idaho’s Balukoff: So manly he wears uninsulated fishing waders duck hunting

Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s snubbing of the NRA’s candidate questionnaire has generated the heaviest response of any issue since he announced his bid for governor in December, says campaign spokesman Mike Lanza. Balukoff’s April 10 Facebook post has generated about 500

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Idaho’s Otter: I’ll quit when I’m dead (w/ video)

Though he turns 72 on May 3, Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t slowed the rough-and-tumble lifestyle he began growing up on a Canyon County farm. This week, he’s nursing a strained back injured Sunday in a ranch wreck in Star. Otter

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Idaho Democrat Manning: I didn’t quiver and I wasn’t spanked

Caldwell Democratic House candidate Travis Manning objects to two aspects of a Wednesday post on the Idaho Politics blog: My characterization of him “quiveringly” backing down from his satirical Facebook post about GOP Gov. Butch Otter and my headline that described

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Fulcher and Otter differ on repeal of 17th Amendment (w/ video)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than

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Democrat Manning tweaks Otter, gets spanked by Guv’s spokesman

Canyon County House candidate Travis Manning thought he’d amuse himself and his supporters by satirizing Gov. Butch Otter on his campaign Facebook page. But the Vallivue High School English teacher quickly learned the governor found no humor in the prank.

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Fulcher’s bid to lure Democrats, third parties to GOP made small difference

If Sen. Russ Fulcher defeats Gov. Butch Otter in the May 20 Republican primary by a hair’s breadth, he may credit his effort to convince non-Republicans to re-register and vote for him over Gov. Butch Otter. But the result of

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Fulcher rips Otter’s management of Idaho economy

As Gov. Butch Otter flew around the state Wednesday visiting businesses in four cities to mark the official opening of his campaign for a third term, his principal GOP challenger said Otter’s tenure “will be remembered as eight years of

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Balukoff staffer yanked from Otter K-12 task force

A member of Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force has been excluded from the group’s followup work — because he is now working for one of Otter’s election-year opponents. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza — a paid member of Democratic gubernatorial

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As shocked as Claude Rains in Casablanca: Otter to announce re-election bid

Gov. Butch Otter, who submitted a 142-page campaign finance report in January and on March 3 filed to appear on the ballot for a third term, “will officially announce his re-election campaign with a tour across the state” Wednesday, according

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