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Luna says he has ‘no plans’ to seek state GOP chair

  Tom Luna’s name has surfaced as a possible candidate for the state Republican Party chair’s position. Outgoing state schools superintendent Tom Luna says he has been approached about running for the state Republican Party chairmanship, which could be up

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Idaho’s Fulcher: Follow Indiana’s lead and drop Common Core

Monday’s decision by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to sign legislation making his state the first to abandon adopting Common Core standards for K-12 schools was hailed Wednesday by Sen. Russ Fulcher. “I applaud Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana

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Yes, Sen. Thayn, it can be hard to believe flip-flopping politicians

Sen. Steve Thayn has reversed his insistence that he has no interest in running to replace retiring GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. After Luna’s surprise announcement Monday that he won’t seek a third term, Thayn, R-Emmett, said he

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Melinda Smyser rules out run for Idaho school superintendent

Former Idaho Sen. Melinda Smyser told the Idaho Press-Tribune she will not run for Superintendent of Public Instruction to replace retiring Superintendent Tom Luna. Top Republicans, including Luna, had said Smyser, a longtime teacher and counselor who now works for

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Little, Luna, nine Idaho lawmakers at Jeb Bush’s ed conference in Boston

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and a bipartisan group of Idaho legislators are in Boston today for the sixth annual National Summit of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. “It’s all about what’s taking place

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Balukoff off to hunt goose, then decide whether to aim at Otter

Boise School District Board President A.J. Balukoff said in July that he’s considering running for governor as a Democrat against two-term Republican Gov. Butch Otter next year. Balukoff tells me he’s expecting to make a decision in mid-November, after he

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K12: Talk of hiring Idaho’s Luna ‘just ridiculous speculation’

Sen. Branden Durst’s claim that Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is scheming to get a job with the nation’s largest provider of online primary and secondary education prompted push back from the company Wednesday. “I read that a

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The superintendent’s race: resetting the rumor mill

It didn’t take long for the speculation to begin. Shortly after Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna named Idaho Leads Project co-director Roger Quarles as his chief deputy, the rumor mill got going. Is Luna planning to step aside, paving the

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Sen. Durst: Don’t believe Luna; he’ll bow out, Quarles to run

Democratic Sen. Branden Durst of Boise is disputing GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s statement Monday that he plans to run for a third term next year. Rather, Durst says in an op-ed submitted to the Statesman Tuesday afternoon,

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Chairman: Democrats have candidates in pipeline for governor, superintendent

Democrats have three or four potential candidates for governor, and another three or four people looking at a run for superintendent of public instruction, state party chairman Larry Kenck says. Larry Kenck, Idaho Democratic Party chairman “I am really amazed

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