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McGrane adds another big name to endorsement list: former Idaho Gov. Batt

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane has been endorsed by former Republican Gov. Phil Batt as the first-time candidate for Idaho secretary of state faces three more experienced GOP hands. Batt’s endorsement sounded the same theme as outgoing Secretary

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Gov. Batt says Idaho’s ‘disdain’ of gays hurts his family, urges ‘Add the Words’

Former Republican Gov. Phil Batt said Wednesday that Idaho’s “disdain” of gays has hurt his family — including his gay grandson — and pressed the Legislature to add civil rights protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. He also

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Stigers to headline ‘Add the Words’ rally Saturday at Idaho Capitol

Jazz singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers will perform at a Statehouse rally at 1 p.m. Saturday  aimed at building support to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the anti-discrimination provisions in the Idaho Human Rights Act. Proponents have been pressing lawmakers

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Postscript on Conley Ward: A partisan with a conscience

Conley Ward’s death Monday was mourned across the Idaho political spectrum, in part because the former state Democratic Party chairman was such a decent man. “He was a good guy,” former GOP Gov. Phil Batt told me Tuesday. Batt was

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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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Boise 150 and Phil Batt’s licorice stick at the Egyptian

Former Gov. Phil Batt, who turned 86 on Idaho Sesquincentennial Monday, will play his clarinet with about 200 student musicians at 7 p.m. March 21 at Boise’s Egyptian Theater. The free concert will feature students from Morley Nelson Elementary and

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