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McGrane’s prospects hinge on claim to Idaho’s Cenarrusa-Ysursa tradition

First-time candidate Phil McGrane got the boost he needed Tuesday in the crowded race for secretary of state — the endorsement of the man who personifies integrity in the administration of Idaho election law, campaign finance and lobbying disclosure. Three-term

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McGrane vows to follow model of Cenarrusa, Ysursa if elected Idaho secretary of state

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says he aims to follow the example of the last two Idaho secretaries of state, Republicans Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa. Both men are renowned for non-partisan conduct of elections and administration of

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‘Day of the Dead’ honors for Cenarrusa at Boise’s Mexican Consulate

A “Day of the Dead” altar will be unveiled with mementos from the life of Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa on Wednesday. The event is set for 4 p.m. at the Consulate of Mexico, 701 Morrison Knudsen Dr., in

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Otter reflects on 40-year relationship ‘Godfather’ Pete Cenarrusa

I’ll have a story in Friday’s paper about my interview with Gov. Butch Otter about how he relied on late Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa for advice. Otter called Cenarrusa his “political godfather.” As Otter was weighing an issue or

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Cenarrusa lies in state at Idaho Capitol, public welcome until 7 p.m.

The body of former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa was carried into the Capitol by an Idaho National Guard honor guard shortly before noon Thursday. The closed casket will remain for public mourning until 7 p.m., on the first

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Former Idaho Gov. Kempthorne joins voices mourning Cenarrusa

Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, now CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, has joined the chorus of public officials saluting former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who died at 95 on Sunday. Kempthorne is a former Boise mayor,

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Basque government mourns Cenarrusa, official to attend Idaho services

Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque president, expressed “great sorrow” at the passing of former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, whose parents immigrated from Spain to Idaho early in the 20th century. In a news release, the autonomous government called

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Cenarrusa to lie in state at Capitol, Otter calls him ‘an Idaho original’

Pete Cenarrusa, the longest-serving elected official in Idaho history, will lie in state at the Capitol on Thursday and be buried Saturday in Bellevue, not far from where he ran sheep for almost 50 years. (UPDATE 3 p.m. The site

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On Cenarrusa’s passing: ‘Whatever Pete said, you could depend on it.’

I’m working this evening on a column to remember retired Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who died Sunday at age 95. Revered for his integrity, Cenarrusa was loyal, public-minded and quick with a joke. And it’s no accident he

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Wasden says he’ll seek record fourth term as Idaho attorney general

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden tells the Idaho State Journal he’ll run for re-election next year. “Every day is an interesting ride,” he told the Journal’s Jimmy Hancock. “And we are going to keep going. I intend to run for re-election.”

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