14 hrs ago
Chris Christie leaves for Oklahoma Thursday, raising ire of Democrats and gay rights activists
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie leaves late Thursday afternoon for his first out-of-state fundraising trip as chairman of the Republican Governors Association - and liberal groups have noticed.
19 hrs ago
Dems unveil ed reform bills to back task force, Luna signs on
Idaho House and Senate Democrats were joined by GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna today as they unveiled four bills designed to implement the 20 recommendations of Gov. Butch Otter's education stakeholders task force.
Democrat A.J. Balukoff launches Idaho governor campaign - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 PST
A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule have hurt the state's education system and economy and created a "pay-to-play culture that leaves regular Idahoans on the outside looking in."
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Otter campaign responds to Balukoff announcement in guv's race
Gov. Butch Otter's re-election campaign released this statement today in response to the announcement from A.J. Balukoff that he'll run for Idaho governor as a Democrat: "While others campaign and consider their options, Governor Otter is busy governing and continuing to position Idaho at the forefront of growth, job creation and freedom.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
Balukoff schedules Tuesday announcement regarding possible run for governor
Longtime Boise School Board member A.J. Balukoff, a businessman, retired CPA and community volunteer, has scheduled an announcement for tomorrow morning on his decision regarding a possible run for governor as a Democrat.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Idaho business leaders ramp up push for education reforms
Concerned about where Idaho's education system is headed, dozens of Idaho CEOs have banded together to push for reforms and improvements, from boosting reading instruction in early grades to finding ways to get more Idaho kids to continue their education after high school.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Edit: Fulcher Needs To Give Solutions
Not counting today, Sen. Russ Fulcher has 175 days to convince Idaho Republicans to dump a well-funded Gov. Butch Otter in next May's primary if and when the governor announces he is running.
Otter wants applications for state Board of Ed opening by Dec. 9
Gov. Butch Otter is asking anyone interested in the opening on the state Board of Education to apply by Dec. 9, a week from next Monday.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Governor finds major ally on grouse, power line
Idaho Republican Gov. Butch Otter had a single request for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell when they met in Washington in late October.
When history rhymes: A look back at the last time an Idaho guv was defeated in the primary...
In his Johnson Post blog, Marc Johnson offers an interesting take today on the historical parallels between this year, when two-term Gov. Butch Otter faces a primary challenge from a member of an insurgent wing of the Idaho Republican Party, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, to 1966, when popular three-term GOP Gov. Robert E. Smylie faced a similar ... (more)
Fulcher Announces Guv Run
Idaho Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Boise, leaves the Kootenai County airport terminal en route to his plane to fly from Coeur d'Alene after telling a gathering that he's running for governor.
Sun Nov 24, 2013
J.C. Penney Robbed In Coeur D'Alene
A man walked into the J.C. Penney in Coeur D'Alene yesterday just before the store closed and robbed the clerk, taking multiple bank bags.
Sat Nov 23, 2013
Democrats Reach Breaking Point On Filibusters Is Going Nuclear The Best Option
Democrats wondered how much worse it could get as they watched Senate Republicans use filibuster powers to thwart President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees.
Fulcher flies around state, announces he'll challenge Otter
State Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, launched his campaign for governor today, flying from Meridian to Coeur d'Alene to Idaho Falls to announce that he'll run against GOP Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho's May primary.
Fri Nov 22, 2013
Elections Morning Digest: Charlie Crist still beating Rick Scott, according to Quinnipiac
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
Durst To Resign From Idaho Senate
Idaho Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, is resigning from the state Senate, effective Dec. 1. Durst said he's resigning to focus on his family's needs; earlier this year, his wife and family moved to the Seattle area, where she now is employed as a teacher, and he's since spent much time over there.
SR: Idaho Must Revisit Medicaid Issue
A broad-based business organization has made a compelling pro-commerce, low-tax argument for Idaho to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Tue Nov 19, 2013
Popkey: Tea Party Ticket In Offing
Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman provides context re: the "listening tour" of state Sen. Russ Fulcher and state Sen. Steve Thayn that found its way to North Idaho last night: Fulcher appeared with three of the GOP's most vocal tea party-backed foes of Otter's state-run health insurance exchange, Rep. Vito Barbieri and Sen. Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens ... (more)
Mon Nov 18, 2013
KBCI CBS 2
State education task force eyes big changes to improve schools
Crowded classrooms in Meridian, Idaho's largest school district, are just one sign of what the governor's education task force says is the most important fix needed for state schools: getting back the money education lost since the recession in 2008.
Idaho's biggest business lobby backs Medicaid expansion - Mon, 18 Nov 2013 PST
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. BOISE - Idaho's biggest business lobby has come out in favor of Medicaid expansion, which would save the state's taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.