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Rep. Walt Minnick’s second television ad of the campaign season slams Republican Raul Labrador for his work as an immigration lawyer, accusing him of profiting from illegal immigration. Labrador said the ad shows Minnick is a hypocrite and has no honor.  “This is a disgusting, disgraceful, shameful ad that bald-faced lies and succeeds in only twisting and editing my words…

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An organization representing older Idahoans has released a voters’ guide asking candidates in races across the state about how to handle the state budget, problems related to medical care, and state election law. AARP Idaho, which serves people in the state 50 years or older, is calling its online and print voters’ guide the largest in the state.  Several other…

A recently-released report shows that a new drug called Spice is having an impact at hospitals around the state. A survey conducted by the Idaho Hospital Association (IHA) shows that of the 20 hospitals polled across the state, 11 had knowledge of the drug and more than 80 cases of suspected Spice overdoses occurred between February and August of 2010.…

Rep. Walt Minnick’s campaign is criticizing Republican challenger Raul Labrador for his stance on the 17th Amendment and his support for some voting laws in the Idaho Legislature. "Idahoans have a long and proud history of independence, but Raul Labrador has consistently thumbed his nose at that history," Minnick’s campaign manager, John Foster, said in a news release. Foster slammed…

Earlier this year, Jay Howell, investigative reporter with the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), found that a program initiated by Gov. Butch Otter that allows him and other state officials to visit rural parts of the state is costing Idaho about $8,200 a month.  Keith Allred, the Democrat running to take Otter's place as the chief executive in the state, told IdahoReporter.com…

A day after IdahoReporter.com questioned his stance on the matter, Republican Gov. Butch Otter has firmly come down against repeal of the 17th Amendment, a provision which allows for the direct election of U.S. senators by the general public. Otter, speaking at a debate sponsored by the City Club of Boise Wednesday, was pressed by moderator Dr. Jim Weatherby, professor…

For Republican Gov. Butch Otter, it was a day to defend education cuts made during the last legislative session.  For his challenger, Democrat Keith Allred, the debate at the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise was an event to clarify his positions on taxes and the closing of sales tax exemptions. The two men, vying to be Idaho's next governor, met…

Idaho lawmakers could see no change in their salaries based on recommendations from a panel in charge of setting legislative pay.  The panel did call for lowering the amount paid to lawmakers for constituent services. Under the recommendations from the Idaho Legislative Compensation Committee, members of the Idaho House and Senate would earn $16,116 a year, the same salary they’ve…

A settlement more than 20 years in the making is helping to fill the shelves of the Idaho Food Bank, the state's largest distributor of emergency food to those in need. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Tuesday morning that proceeds from a price-fixing settlement are being given to the Idaho Food Bank to fund its operations.  Wasden, speaking at…