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Bedke joins multistate push on public lands

House Speaker Scott Bedke joined about 50 politicians from nine states Friday, to discuss ways to wrest control of public lands from federal management to state jurisdiction. House Speaker Scott Bedke The daylong summit meeting itself was closed to the

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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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Superintendent’s race: Who voted in 2012, and who didn’t?

Two of the four Republican candidates for state superintendent of public instruction did not vote in the Republican primary two years ago. And according to county voting records, Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home didn’t cast a ballot in the November

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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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Russ Fulcher’s Common Core challenge

Russ Fulcher says he changed his mind about Common Core for a simple reason: “It didn’t come as advertised.” Fulcher said he thought the math and English language arts standards would etch local control into Idaho education. But he now

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Idaho near bottom on another list: Use of online porn (w/ photo)

No kidding. Idaho ranks next-to-last in per capita viewing of pornography according to Pornhub.com, ahead of only Arkansas. In the last 12 months, Idaho had 80 page views per capita page on Pornhub, while Arkansas had 77. The busiest porn

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Kerry scolds Risch with ‘taste of reality’ on Ukraine conflict + video

Secretary of State John Kerry reacted aggressively when Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch suggested the Obama administration’s tactics are letting the Russians “misbehave even worse” in the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry replied by telling Risch about “the realities of the

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Calling a Hog: Crapo’s press secretary returning to native Arkansas

Judd Deere, Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo’s press secretary for the past two years, is leaving his Capitol Hill gig Wednesday to return to his home state as deputy campaign manager and communications director for Congressman Tim Griffin’s bid for

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Mitchell dings Risch on promise to cut entitlements; Risch rattles tin cup for donors

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell says incumbent Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch is “irresponsible” and is playing to his party’s “extreme right wing” or “really wants to destroy the financial security of seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Either

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Balukoff: Romney visit proof Otter has ‘completely lost touch’ with ‘real Idahoans’

Democrat A.J. Balukoff says Mitt Romney’s Boise campaign stop on behalf of GOP Gov. Butch Otter shows the two-term governor isn’t mindful of Idaho’s economic woes, including its rank as the state with the highest proportion of minimum-wage workers. “There are

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