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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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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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Four Idaho lawmakers backing Bryan Smith’s challenge to Simpson

Two anti-establishment legislators are the highest-ranking Republicans to endorse Bryan Smith’s insurgent challenge to eight-term Congressman Mike Simpson in the May 2014 GOP primary. Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, and House Local Government Committee Chairwoman

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New bill would criminalize Idaho officials cooperating with military detentions

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, says the post-9/11 law that permits indefinite detention without charge, military tribunals and transfer of persons arrested in the U.S. overseas is unconstitutional and that any Idaho official who cooperates with the feds in enforcing

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