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Berch accuses Luker of ‘borrowing a page’ from Mark Patterson playbook

West Boise Democrat Steve Berch is accusing four-term GOP Rep. Lynn Luker of engaging in the “same public avoidance tactic” employed by former GOP Rep. Mark Patterson in the 2012 campaign. Luker’s offense? Not completing the Idaho Statesman’s voter guide

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Bedke: No action this session on post-Patterson ethics rule changes

House Speaker Scott Bedke says revisions to make proceedings of the House Ethics Committee more transparent will have to wait until next year. “I’m afraid we’re not going to get it done,” Bedke, R-Oakley, said of changes to House Rule

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Boise Democrat Berch making third run, branding Luker as ‘discriminatory’

Democrat Steve Berch has spent more money losing — almost $100,000 — in the last two Idaho  elections than most winners. But he now has a relatively well-known opponent he aims to define as a conservative religious bigot in West

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Otter congratulates Gov. Brewer for vetoing bill allowing refusal of service to gays

While he wouldn’t comment on what he would have done had a similar bill reached his desk, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Thursday that he congratulates Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her veto Wednesday of a bill that would have

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