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A member of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission resigned after a photo of him posing with hunting trophies on a trip to Africa drew international criticism.


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We check in with the Boise State Public Radio newsroom for profiles of Idaho gubernatorial candidates Paulette Jordan and Brad Little.

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We continue our series of interviews with Idaho's gubernatorial candidates; Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson speaks with Republican candidate Dalton Ben Cannady and BSPR's Frankie Barnhill talks with Republican candidate Steve Pankey.

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Weekly Idaho reporters' roundtable . . . Two Idaho gubernatorial candidates answer BSPR questions . . . The Boise Philharmonic plays for a unique audience . . .

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We continue our series of interviews with Idaho's gubernatorial candidates; Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson speaks with Republican candidate Lisa Marie and BSPR's Samantha Wright talked with Republican candidate Harley Brown.

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We continue our series of interviews with Idaho's gubernatorial candidates; Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson speaks with Democratic candidate Peter Dill and BSPR's Frankie Barnhill talks with Republican candidate Brad Little.

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Idaho worst in country for working mothers . . . two more gubernatorial candidates sound off . . . and bicycling in Boise . . . 

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Idaho Matters continues with the second in a five-part series presenting a Q&A with Idaho's gubernatorial candidates. Today, we hear Boise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem speaks with Democratic Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff and BSPR's Samantha Wright talks with retired physician and Republican candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

A documentary about the Malheur Ranch Occupation . . . A  pair of Idaho gubernatorial candidates discusses their positions . . . Retiring Boise State President Bob Kustra on his future . . . and a Teddy Roosevelt impressionist visits Treasure Valley.

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The three top Republicans vying for the party's gubernatorial nomination met to debate the issues on Monday night. U.S. Representative Raul Labrador, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and area businessman Tommy Ahlquist addressed abortion, faith healing, climate change, guns and lowering taxes.

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If Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins his bid to be Idaho's next governor in 2018, he will be the only candidate to already have hands-on experience with the job.

The two-term Republican has served as acting governor 373 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009, according to records requested by The Associated Press.

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The field of candidates for Idaho’s Lt. Governor has again increased. There are now five GOP hopefuls seeking the position.

The former chairman of the state’s Republican Party, Steve Yates, is the most recent to throw a hat in the ring for Lt. Governor. The businessman from eastern Idaho previously served as an aid to Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is having surgery to get his left hip resurfaced. From the time Otter goes into the hospital to when he comes out from his anesthesia, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be Idaho's acting governor.

It's something Little is pretty accustomed to; it happens on a regular basis. Any time the sitting governor is out of the state or incapacitated, the lieutenant governor steps in as the top official, even if it's just for an hour or two.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has taken the oath of office and marked his place in Idaho history as being only the second governor to start three consecutive terms as Idaho's chief executive.

The Republican governor was sworn in during a private ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday.

Only family members and invited guests attended Monday's ceremony. The public inauguration will be held Friday at noon on the steps of the Idaho Capitol where Otter will give his inaugural address. The Inaugural Ball and Processional will be held Jan. 10.

Idaho's Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Bujak says it was unbelievable he did not meet the requirements to participate in the latest governor debate.

When contacted by The Associated Press Monday, Bujak said he didn't know his name was not among the three candidates participating in Tuesday's debate. But KTVB executive director Kate Morris said all of the possible debate candidates were notified of the qualifications when they were invited on May 28, including Bujak.

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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

The two-term Republican governor faced off for the first time with his Democratic opponent A.J. Balukoff, and Libertarian candidate John Bujak, who is hoping to appeal to disillusioned Republicans. 

Bujak kicked off the debate by thanking the governor for being there.

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that Libertarian gubernatorial candidate and former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak violated four of the Idaho State Bar's ethics rules between 2004 and 2011.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the court ordered that Bujak's law license be suspended for one year, but because he already underwent a 19-month interim suspension three years ago, the penalty has been satisfied.  

Idaho's third-party gubernatorial candidate is following the lead of the state's largest business lobbyist group and has launched an attack website criticizing incumbent Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's political stances.

Former Canyon County prosecutor and Libertarian candidate John Bujak says he put up the site after seeing the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry use the same tactic to attack Democratic candidate A.J. as a liberal.

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Well, it happened. Idaho's very own gubernatorial debate superstar Harley Brown has inked a TV deal, according to the Boise Weekly.

Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Has Died At Age 89

Jul 8, 2014

Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr., one of Idaho's last Mormon Democrats to achieve statewide political success, has died. He was 89.

Summers Funeral Home confirmed he died Tuesday morning at his home in Boise.

Evans was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Malad City. He is the grandson of the founder of the Idaho-based D.L. Evans Bank.

Evans was elected Idaho lieutenant governor in 1974, a position he held for the next three years. In 1977, he was elevated to the chief executive job when then-Gov. Cecil D. Andrus was named U.S. Interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter.

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Idaho Public Television host Melissa Davlin says she doesn’t blame Idaho’s governor for insisting that long-shot candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes be invited to participate in this week’s GOP gubernatorial debate.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher released his latest campaign finance report Friday. The report shows Fulcher raised $251,642 last year, $100,000 of which he personally loaned to his campaign.

Fulcher is currently a state senator in the Idaho Legislature. He's running against fellow Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May primary.

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New campaign disclosure filings from A.J. Balukoff, the Boise Democrat running for governor of Idaho, show he started the year at a significant fundraising disadvantage compared to his Republican opponents.

Balukoff’s campaign reports raising $110,860 in December. It was the only month the campaign raised money, after Balukoff publicly announced his run December 3.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he has more than $700,000 in cash to wage a campaign against his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher.

Otter filed his latest campaign report Tuesday, outlining his 2013 fundraising when he brought in $901,000, largely from business groups.

Fulcher hasn't filed his report.

Meanwhile, Otter hasn't formally announced he's running for a third term.

Among Otter's biggest supporters were trucking lobbyists, cigarette maker Altria, retailer Wal-Mart and wealthy Emmett rancher Harry Bettis, who gave $7,500.

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The Idaho Democrats' choice to run for governor was listed as a Republican five years ago.

In 2008, Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff was named as a Republican backer of then-U.S. House candidate Walt Minnick.

Balukoff was among 60 "Republicans for Minnick" during the Democrat's successful run against Bill Sali.

In an August 2008 e-mail from Minnick's campaign, Balukoff topped a group that had "supported the Republican Party with time, with money and with votes. And we will continue to do so in this election and in elections to come," according to the message.

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