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Idaho lawmakers Woodings, Malek, named ‘rising stars’ by MSNBC

Two freshman who rose to the top during their first terms in the Idaho House were tabbed by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” as promising young politicians. Both in their early 30s, Boise Democrat Holli Woodings and Coeur d’Alene Republican Luke

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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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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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Idaho health exchange repays $385K loan from Health and Welfare

In my cover story for Tuesday’s Business Insider magazine, I reported that the Idaho Health Exchange Board had promised to repay a $385,000 loan it received from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare by month’s end. The loan came

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Sen. Cruz’s reading list: Dr. Suess in prime time, Wayne Hoffman at 2 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21 hours of debate in favor of stripping funding for Obamacare featured a good deal of reading material, including a brief quote from Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Forum. At just after 2 a.m.

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