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In brief: Idaho same-sex marriage case will be heard by three-judge...
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected without comment Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's request for the state's same-sex marriage case to go directly to a full 11-judge panel rather than the usual three-judge panel.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Yates: We Can Work It Out
New Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates has been starting from scratch at the Idaho GOP office, where the last remaining employee when he took over recently hired party Executive Director Judy Gowen, who was brought in by former Chairman Barry Peterson left shortly after the Aug. 2 meeting at which Yates was elected chairman.
Finishing the debate
Gov. Butch Otter, the longtime "Happy Warrior" of Idaho politics, who prides himself on running "positive campaigns," has taken on a far different approach against his Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff.
Sat Aug 16, 2014
Calif.'s Medicaid expansion brings renewed concerns about pay for doctors
Some advocates fear that state efforts to cut payments to doctors and other providers will make it hard for new enrollees to get care.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Balukoff asks IACI board to take down 'appalling' attack website
A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, has sent a letter to the board of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the business lobbying group whose PAC has launched an attack campaign against him including a website dubbed "LiberalAJ.com," asking the business leaders to take down the website.
Otter's work group backs accepting Medicaid expansion funds - Thu, 14 Aug 2014 PST
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. BOISE - More than 100,000 uninsured Idahoans would qualify for health coverage and state and local taxpayers would save $44 million in 2016, under a plan for accepting expanded federal Medicaid funds approved by a working group appointed by Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday.
Idaho declares Type 1 diabetes awareness day, at urging of 11-year-old with the disease
Thanks to the persistence of 11-year-old Connor Magee of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho has now officially proclaimed the second Monday of February as "Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day," and Connor's helping plan an awareness event at the state Capitol that day.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Idaho biz group launches attacks on AJ Balukoff
Idaho's Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff is the target of a recently launched website criticizing his political stances, but Balukoff says the site uses lies to undermine his campaign against Gov. Butch Otter.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
IACI launches anti-Balukoff campaign
The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents the state's largest businesses, announced today that its political action committee, the Idaho Prosperity Fund, is launching an independent campaign against A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor.
Foe: Butch Has Driven Us To Bottom
A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, has sent a guest opinion out to Idaho news media laying out his vision for improving the state's economy.
Mon Aug 04, 2014
Guv Attends Art On The Green
The Art on the Green was another big success, drawing tens of thousands of festival goers onto North Idaho College's campus for its 46th year.
Thu Jul 31, 2014
IFF: Idaho's In An Awkward Spot
A federal appeals court ruling issued last week puts Idaho in a bit of an awkward spot when it comes to the state insurance exchange that the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter opted to create in 2013.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
ARC: Great Outdoors Month Most Successful
With proclamations from President Barack Obama and all 50 governors - as well as public-service announcementss by governors Butch Otter, R-Idaho, and Mike Beebe, D-Ark., urging their citizens to enjoy the great outdoors - "enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear," the national organization said in a written announcement.
Tue Jul 29, 2014
CCA: What the Hell Is Going on in Idaho?
Idaho prison officials say they had to have thousands of dollars' worth of medications shipped overnight to the state's largest prison after the former operator, Corrections Corporation of America, left the facility without a promised eight-day supply of inmate drugs .... The state took over the 2,080-bed prison after CCA acknowledged understaffing ... (more)
Peterson accepts ruling, says he won't run again on Aug. 2
Barry Peterson had this to say after 5th District Judge Randy Stoker ruled he's no longer chairman of the Idaho Republican Party: "The judge made a ruling, and I'm comfortable with what the judge did."
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Balukoff knocks Otter for destroying public records, also incorrectly ...
A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor, is criticizing GOP Gov. Butch Otter for destroying 22 of the 37 applications for two recent openings on the state Board of Education, saying Otter isn't following through with his pledge to emphasize openness in government, made when he appointed a state public records ombudsman in his office this ... (more)
The Winnipeg Free Press
Fringe candidates get attention they deserve
In May, Idaho Republican Gov. Butch Otter stunned political observers when he demanded all candidates in the GOP primary race be allowed to participate in a televised debate.
Sat Jul 26, 2014
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Add the Words documentary shows in Pocatello
The Add the Words campaign has been made into a documentary. The Add the Words campaign is working to get "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" added onto Idaho's Civil Rights Act.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Edit: Ombudsman Stands By Her Guv
Idaho's new public records ombudswoman grounded into a double play her first time up.
Immigrant Kids In Idaho, Guv Upset
Eight migrant children from Central America apprehended at the Mexican border already have been sent to Idaho, according to a U.S. Health & Human Services Report quoted late yesterday by the Associated Press, though they've gone to sponsors, not to state custody; that means they've been taken in by relatives, family friends or foster parents.