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The Right (Wing) Stuff: Northern Idaho Property Rights Council Takes Libertarian Stancenew

A newly formed Bonner County advisory board comes with partisan viewpoint. From available documents, it is clear that the council has no policy powers and can only make recommendations to commissioners. Its primary role is research, and its stated goal is to find ways to unburden property owners from as much regulation, taxation or other impositions as legally and statutorily possible. But the council says everything paid for by property taxes—including county employee insurance—is fair game for its consideration.
Boise Weekly  |  Zach Hagadone  |  11-28-2011  |  Politics

Ketchum Voters Will Decide on Power Shiftnew

A referendum on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot in Ketchum, Idaho's famed resort town, will give voters the chance to adopt a new form of government at City Hall and, in the process, completely overhaul the City Council. The current mayor is lobbying hard against the change, but as it turns out, he was in favor of the policy change before he was so staunchly opposed to it.
Boise Weekly  |  Michael Ames  |  11-03-2011  |  Elections

The Campaign That Wasn'tnew

Idaho's gubernatorial race has been lackluster on both sides.
Boise Weekly  |  Michael Ames, Andrew Crisp, Zach Hagadone, George Prentice  |  10-27-2010  |  Elections

Will Healthcare Help or Hinder Idaho Candidates in November?new

Idaho's governor and members of its delegation are betting against healthcare. But one virtually unknown Democrat is running on a pro-health-care platform.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  05-20-2010  |  Politics

Idaho Donations Couldn't Support Local ACORN Worknew

When ACORN came to Idaho in 2007, its first act was bringing a traffic engineer to Latah and Nez Perce streets and getting the city to turn the intersection into a four-way stop. After growing a small membership, the operation closed unexpectedly in the fall of 2008.
Boise Weekly  |  Gavin Dahl  |  10-21-2009  |  Politics

Idaho Senator Takes on Foreign Affairsnew

Idaho's freshman Sen. Jim Risch, whose prior foreign experience amounts to European vacations with his wife and political partner, Vicki, and trade missions as lieutenant governor, now sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Intelligence Committee.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  05-27-2009  |  Politics

'Der Decidermeister': An Opera on the Unlikely Rise and Ignominious Fall of George W. Bushnew

It's an opera. The curtain rises on a young George Bush in a Texas Air Guard uniform and follows the 43rd president through his business dealings, his time as governor of Texas and eight long years as president of the country.
Boise Weekly  |  Bill Cope  |  01-21-2009  |  Commentary

Welcome to Washington, Mr. President; Now Let's Do This Thingnew

On his first day in office, we offer Obama an epistle from Idaho: Don't scare us, fix our energy and immigration problems, give us health care and change the tone on science and facts.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  01-21-2009  |  Commentary

Obama Rings in a New Era, Despite Losing Badly in Idahonew

The state appears poised to gain a Democratic congressman and analysis of early down ballot returns from the Gem State.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman and Teresa Shipley  |  11-05-2008  |  Politics

Boise Weekly Hip Hop Voter's Guidenew

After eight years of Bush, expectations are low, the next president will need some flow, five men in the race in Idaho, pick one on your ballot at the poll: Candidate profiles in a hip hop vein.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  10-30-2008  |  Politics

Redistricting Idahonew

A look at the 2010 Census in Idaho and how it might affect legislative and congressional seats, using GIS software to show which legislative districts are most out of whack.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  10-15-2008  |  Politics

Third Partiers: Nader, Libertarians and Constitutionistsnew

We talk to independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Darrell Castle, VP pick for the Constitution Party and a guy who has met Bob Barr.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  10-15-2008  |  Politics

Alaskans, Anarchists and the Alternate Reality of the RNCnew

Arriving in St. Paul for the 2008 Republican National Convention, one couldn't help but wonder what Larry Craig was thinking. Though the Bush administration may hold more of the blame, Craig represents an early flashpoint in the GOP's current schizophrenia.
Boise Weekly  |  Ben Westhoff  |  09-10-2008  |  Politics

Story of O: A Wrap on the DNC from Denvernew

The 80,000 strangers at Mile High on Thursday night, who were not really the party faithful as much as the Obama faithful, had about 45 minutes to ponder that between the last "God bless America" and the first shot of Patron.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  09-03-2008  |  Politics

Senate Candidate from Idaho Changes Name to Pro-Life, Grows Organicnew

Pro-Life, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Larry Craig, is consistent to a point in his consideration of life. He is a vegetarian. He calls the U.S. occupation of Iraq an unjust war and equates it to murder—as in murdering unborn children. He's not keen on birth control, and has 15 children to show for it.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  07-10-2008  |  Politics

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