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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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Bedke holds Pioneer-Caldwell irrigation bills, awaiting deal

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke is holding two bills prompted by a long, bitter water fight between the city of Caldwell and the Pioneer Irrigation District. Bedke said Tuesday he’s holding the bills until he gets in writing proof the

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Posted in Letters from the West

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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