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As a legislative task force considers a gas tax increase to bring in more money for road projects, people breaking the rules on dye-added diesel fuel are denying the Idaho Transportation Department around $7.5 million per year. Dan John, tax policy supervisor with the Idaho State Tax Commission, told members of Gov. Butch Otter's "Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding…

Idaho's unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in September, the second straight month it's increased by a 10th of a percent. The national umemployment rate remained steady at 9.6 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor reported that less than 100 new jobs were created in September as the state's labor force rose by less than 600 workers. The Labor Department…

Rep. Walt Minnick, the Democrat representing the 1st Congressional District, and challenger Raul Labrador both pulled in large amounts of campaign contributions during the last three months, with Minnick raising more than $525,000 and Labrador more than $250,000. Minnick has held a large fundraising lead over Labrador, a state representative from Eagle who entered the race in December and defeated…

A Hayden counselor received two years probation after pleading guilty to one count of Medicaid provider fraud. Last year, Lindsay A. Nelson billed Idaho's Medicaid program for individual counseling for two boys. An investigation by the Idaho Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control unit found that Nelson took the two boys as part of a group outing to a Kottonmouth Kings…

It was an odd night at the Idaho Capitol featuring two tight-lipped politicians and talk of vampires, pirates, and professional wrestling. Four candidates met in the Senate auditorium at the Statehouse in Boise Thursday to debate for the secretary of state and the lieutenant governor positions.  Two men - one Democrat and one Republican - were featured in each forum,…

Democrat Stan Olson is running for the state superintendent of public instruction position because he thinks Idaho can do better for its schoolchildren. Olson, running against incumbent Republican Tom Luna, has said throughout his campaign that the public education system in the state of Idaho lacks a comprehensive plan to improve education and effectively spend taxpayer funds.  In an interview…

Tuesday the candidates for superintendent of public instruction did it, and now four more politicians will take part in two separate - yet connected - debates to discuss issues for Idaho voters. Thursday's forum will feature two candidates running for the position of lieutenant governor - Republican Brad Little and Democrat Eldon Wallace - while two others - Republican Ben…

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Sen. Mike Crapo's third party challenger, Randy Bergquist, said he's a lifelong Republican, but is running under the Constitution Party because both major political parties have strayed too far from the country's founding document. To Bergquist, an independent insurance agent from Fruitland who hasn't held an elected office, closely following the Constitution means putting a stop to federal programs not…