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Luna says he has ‘no plans’ to seek state GOP chair

  Tom Luna’s name has surfaced as a possible candidate for the state Republican Party chair’s position. Outgoing state schools superintendent Tom Luna says he has been approached about running for the state Republican Party chairmanship, which could be up

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Playing hardball: Otter backs challenger to Sen. Pearce in another center-right showdown

In a rare move, Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed first-time candidate Abby Lee over Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce, an eight-term GOP lawmaker from New Plymouth. Pearce is backing Sen. Russ Fulcher’s challenge to Otter. The endorsement

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As Otter and Peterson feud, Mike Duff eyeing Idaho GOP chairmanship

Blackfoot sheep-breeder Mike Duff says he may be able to settle a row between two cowboys — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson — by running to replace Peterson after the May 20 primary. “I am

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Defending Ysursa, Dolores Crow blasts Denney’s conflict of interest claim

Former GOP Rep. Dolores Crow says she’s been agitated since last week when Rep. Lawerence Denney accused outgoing Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa of a conflict of interest for endorsing Phil McGrane as his successor. “I just couldn’t sleep

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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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Malloy: Repealing 17th Amendment makes no difference in Idaho

Veteran journalist Chuck Malloy says the Idaho Republican Party’s call to return to the pre-1913 practice of having U.S. senators elected by legislators rather than voters would have no practical effect on who represents Idaho in Washington, D.C. “I say

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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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Rand Paul — leader in GOP presidential polls — to speak in Idaho

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who tops the latest poll of Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016, will deliver the banquet address at the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention on June 13. Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson said Paul was invited by

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Fulcher rips Otter’s management of Idaho economy

As Gov. Butch Otter flew around the state Wednesday visiting businesses in four cities to mark the official opening of his campaign for a third term, his principal GOP challenger said Otter’s tenure “will be remembered as eight years of

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Romney to stump for Otter, Simpson & Risch in Idaho Falls, Boise

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will spend March 19 and 20 in Idaho Falls and Boise on behalf of the re-election campaigns of Gov. Butch Otter, 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. “These are three guys

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