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Boise mayoral candidate Lauren McLean announced Tuesday after their debate that she won’t debate incumbent Dave Bieter ahead of the runoff election next month.


Josh Lindgren / Boise State Public Radio

For nearly 55 years, Boise has not experienced a runoff election in a election for mayor.

Hayley Harding / Idaho Statesman

Incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Council President Lauren McLean didn’t pull any punches at the first candidate forum held since a runoff became official last week.

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Monday, incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter accused City Council President Lauren McLean of raising "dark money" in an interview with Idaho Matters. McLean responded by defending her company and involvement by saying that her company worked to "support organizations that seek to stem the tide of out-of-state dark money." But what actually is "dark money"? To shed some light on the subject, we talk with a political scientist to better understand what the term means when it comes to money in politics. 

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Last week, incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter came in second with just 30% of the vote in his re-election bid to lead Boise. Now, he's headed to a runoff election with Boise City Council President Lauren McLean who took 46% of the vote. Bieter joins Idaho Matters to talk about what he learned from last week's upset, and the contrast he hopes to draw between himself and McLean leading up to the December 3 runoff. 

Clarification: In the audio of this interview, Mayor Bieter said there are three debates or forums planned between now and December 3. Lauren McLean's campaign clarified that they have only agreed to one forum so far: the City Club of Boise event which is slated for November 12. 

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Mayor Dave Bieter is already Boise's longest-serving chief executive. But he says his public service is far from over. That's why he's running for a precedent-setting term of office.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

When Boise mayoral candidates released their campaign finance reports earlier this month, Boise State Public Radio reported that Amber Pence, Boise’s former chief lobbyist, was still employed by the city when she began to work on incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter's campaign. Now, we've obtained emails that confirm there was an overlap of job duties. We get the latest on this story from Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson, who has been following this issue. 

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s former chief lobbyist was actively directing city staff on projects while simultaneously working for Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign earlier this summer.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise officials said Amber Pence, the city’s former chief lobbyist, didn’t violate any policies when she simultaneously kept her job and was hired on full time to Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign this summer.

Andrew Fisher / Boise State Public Radio

Six candidates running for mayor of Boise were recorded at a forum presented by the City Club of Boise and the League of Women Voters at Boise's library at Hillcrest.

The forum from Thursday, October 10th covered a wide range of topics including transit, homelessness, the potential F-35 mission at Gowen Field, affordable housing, and local option taxes.

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says a robust number of citizens have already shared their opinions on proposals to regulate short-term rentals in the city. The proposals would encourage new rules on apartments, condos or homes where people rent living spaces for less than 30 consecutive days.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

White supremacy will not be tolerated in Boise —that’s according to city council members who unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday rejecting such ideology.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter focused more on his record than new ideas in Wednesday’s state of the city address.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Four candidates for Boise mayor tried to win over an environmentally-conscious crowd Wednesday night during the race’s first debate hosted by Conservation Voters for Idaho.

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Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The city of Boise has officially filed its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over its controversial anti-camping ordinance. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year declared the ordinance unconstitutional and considered it cruel and unusual punishment. Boise’s ordinance bars anyone from sleeping outside in public places – unless all of the city’s homeless shelters are full. The case has been ongoing since 2009. Idaho Matters sits down with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter to talk housing and homelessness.

  • University of Idaho president sits down for an interview.
  • Is the Boise Streetcar getting traction?

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says his advocacy for installing facial recognition technology at City Hall and City Hall West comes as a response to city employees who say they're concerned for their safety.

Lauren McLean

City Council President Lauren McLean is challenging Boise’s longest serving mayor – who handpicked her to serve in 2011.

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This week, the City of Boise will consider trading parcels of land with a developer that wants to build a truck terminal near a mobile home community.

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  • Boise Mayor David Bieter brings us up to date with the state of the city.
  • Safe Sleep Awareness Month brings attention to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Architect Moshe Safdie discusses library design with Boise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem.

In an effort to adapt to Boise’s rapid growth, Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled ambitious initiatives for some of the most critical issues facing the city in his annual address to the city Wednesday.

The Boise City Council cleared the way for another residential development in the heart of the city. The building will be the third from a Los Angeles-based developer.

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was in the nation’s capital for several days last week at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The gathering allows civic leaders from across the country to share ideas and learn from other cities.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

After 15 years of leading Boise State University, Dr. Bob Kustra announced today he plans to retire in June. While at the helm of the university, Kustra grew the university’s School of Public Service and the College of Innovation and Design. Among those weighing in on the retirement announcement is Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.