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Teachers’ union endorses McCrostie; Bieter backing Farris in Boise House race

In one of the few Democratic primaries on the May 20 ballot, 2012 congressional candidate and former NFL player Jimmy Farris has been endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Councilman TJ Thomson. First-time candidate and teacher John McCrostie 

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Democratic congressional candidates to appear Thursday at CWI in Nampa

Former 2nd District Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings will be joined by the party’s other two major federal candidates at a College of Western Idaho forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nampa. U.S. Senate hopeful Nels Mitchell, a

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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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Wintrow becomes 2nd Boise Democrat seeking to replace Rep. Woodings

As one of Idaho’s few reliably Democratic districts in Idaho, Boise’s District 19 has attracted a second candidate for an open seat — university administrator Melissa Wintrow. Wintrow was the first director of the Women’s Center at Boise State University

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Three would-be Idaho Democratic governors together at last (w/photo)

Three Democratic candidates for governor — Jerry Brady, Keith Allred and A.J. Balukoff — were among several hundred who attended Saturday’s memorial for Bethine Church. Good sports, as ever, the trio let me snap a photo after the tribute to Church,

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Idaho Democrats reply to Otter: GOP has taken us to the bottom

Idaho Democrats say 20 years of Republican control of the executive and legislative branches has taken Idaho to the bottom of the economic and educational barrel and that election-year politics mustn’t impede change. “Twenty years of GOP control of Idaho

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Rep. Ward-Engelking to seek Durst Senate seat in Southeast Boise

Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, says she will submit her name for appointment to complete the second year of the term of Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise. “I’m hoping I can be a strong voice for education, but not just that —

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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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Big weekend for Ada, Idaho Democrats, events in Boise and Twin Falls

Ada County Democrats hold a major fundraising event Friday night, the biennial JFK Banquet and Silent Auction, headlined by voter-registration guru Jefferson Smith and touting Rep. Shirley Ringo’s challenge to GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. Raymond Buckley, president of the Association

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Idaho Democrats to rally Saturday for public education in seven cities

Idaho’s minority party, which owes its biggest success to candidates stressing support of public education, will hold education events in seven cities across the state Saturday. “These events let elected leaders know education is a priority for Idahoans,” says a

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