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Hill praises Fulcher for helping GOP heal, but faces first-ever primary over Ottercare

Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill says Sen. Russ Fulcher’s primary challenge to two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter didn’t sow disharmony in the Senate this year, helping the party heal from 2013′s bruising controversy over Otter’s state-run health insurance

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Reacting to LeFavour’s hiding in closet, Idaho Senate suspends her floor privileges (w/photo)

After Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour spent more than five hours in an 11-by-4 closet just off the Senate floor, the Senate voted Wednesday to temporarily suspend her floor privileges. The change is only for the balance of the 2014 session,

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Sens. Hill, Winder: Idaho education funding trumps more tax cuts

The leader of the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Senate and his second lieutenant say rebuilding support of education is a higher priority than adding to tax relief granted in recent years. “You’re not going to see as many tax

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Sens. Hill, Winder beat down Ada GOP chairman’s claim of ‘vote buying’

Ada County Republican Chairman Greg Ferch said Friday that the 2013 Legislature approved Gov. Butch Otter’s state-run health insurance exchange because of “vote buying” by corporations. He was immediately rebutted by Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and Assistant Senate

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Bracing for more arrests, Idaho lawmakers hope to limit disruption

With escalating tactics by “Add the Words” protesters aimed at delaying business in the Capitol, the Legislature’s top leaders say they hope to avoid disruption that might postpone their March 21 target for adjournment. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill,

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Davis speed limit bill looks to rev up the session

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill broke the news Tuesday about a move to raise speed limits as a sweetener in a lunch talk he gave Tuesday to the Idaho Society of Association Executives. Hill said Senate Majority Leader Bart

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Balukoff’s financial disclosures may revive effort to require candidate transparency

The debate over adding personal financial disclosure by candidates to Idaho’s Sunshine Law may get new life with the voluntarily disclosures of Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff that he and his wife’s net worth exceeds $60 million. The man Balukoff

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