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Childrens’ voices, a welcome hint of spring at the Idaho Statehouse

We Statehouse denizens sometimes forget just how beautiful the world is. So this week’s annual appearance of choirs from around Idaho offered a welcome lift as lawmakers press to adjourn by March 21. Rushing from the media’s dark quarters in

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Otter: Add the Words protesters may be hurting ‘their own cause’ (w/audio)

Reacting to Tuesday morning’s blockade of his office, Gov. Butch Otter says gay rights advocates may be compromising highway safety and costing taxpayers by delaying the Legislature’s targeted March 21 adjournment. Otter said he understands the frustration of those who

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Cenarrusa to lie in state at Capitol, Otter calls him ‘an Idaho original’

Pete Cenarrusa, the longest-serving elected official in Idaho history, will lie in state at the Capitol on Thursday and be buried Saturday in Bellevue, not far from where he ran sheep for almost 50 years. (UPDATE 3 p.m. The site

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‘Patriots’ Day’ celebration set for Idaho Capitol Friday

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Dan Eismann will help mark the 238th anniversary of the Revolutionary War in a ceremony at the Capitol at noon Friday. Eismann will read a proclamation from Gov. Butch Otter, who leaves Friday for a trade

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Idaho comic offering cash prizes for anti-Tom Luna rhetoric

Boise comedian Pete Peterson, the former gubernatorial candidate who has twice failed to force a recall vote to remove Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna from office, just can’t seem to take “no” for an answer. Although Luna will face

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Did Lincoln really say what new Idaho plaque says he said?

Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin has a fascinating story about the Abraham Lincoln quote outside the newly renamed Lincoln Auditorium at the Statehouse. “There is both a power and a magic in public opinion,” reads the bronze plaque unveiled

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Sponsor pulls bill regarding public access to security video in state-owned buildings

Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna said Wednesday that  House Bill 207 has been withdrawn. A  hearing scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee has been cancelled, Luna said. The measure was prompted by public records requests for more

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