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In shift, U of I to pay full cost of Otter poll on transportation needs, funding

Concerns about the credibility of a poll funded by the trucking and construction industries that would benefit from new spending on roads and bridges prompted the University of Idaho to take over the entire expense of a survey sought by

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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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Canyon County District 10: Chaney stays in GOP House race

Greg Chaney, a candidate for retiring Rep. Darrell Bolz’s seat, told the Canyon County Central Committee at its monthly meeting Tuesday night that he would not withdraw, despite a backlash over the fact that he didn’t fully disclose past legal

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Caldwell’s Rep. Bolz asked to be removed as Chaney’s campaign chairman

After news that Greg Chaney had been charged with domestic battery and three other misdemeanors in 2009, outgoing Rep. Darrell Bolz asked that his name be removed as chairman of the Chaney campaign — a position Bolz said he never

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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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Idaho wolf control bill goes to Otter as F&G Commission liberalizes hunting and trapping of trophy species

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has on his desk a bill to create an Idaho Wolf Control Board. The House gave final approval Thursday to the board, which lawmakers say will fill in the funding gaps created by cuts to the

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Posted in Letters from the West

Day 74 at the #idleg, Storified

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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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Senate panel votes to continue concealed weapons privilege for Idaho elected officials

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Monday to kill House Bill 514, which would have ended the privilege enjoyed by elected officials who may carry concealed weapons without a permit. The measure was prompted by last year’s news that

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Otter staff met Monday with students urging veto of ‘Guns on Campus’ bill

Student leaders expected to meet with Gov. Butch Otter Monday morning to urge him to veto Senate Bill 1254, which would allow students 21 and older who complete enhanced training to carry firearms on Idaho’s eight publicly funded college campuses.

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