Sandpoint mayor announces governor campaign

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Sandpoint mayor Shelby Rognstad officially announced his campaign for governor Monday in Lewiston. Rognstad has been the mayor of Sandpoint since 2015 and previously served on the city council. He is also a board member of the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation and the Association of Idaho Cities. Rognstad spokeContinue reading “Sandpoint mayor announces governor campaign”

One person, one vote, forty-four counties

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports As Idaho communities have grown unevenly over the past decade, how should the interests of urban and rural areas best be represented? That’s one of several issues before Idaho’s redistricting commission as they decide how to lay out 35 legislative districts across the 44 counties. The bipartisan six-member commission spentContinue reading “One person, one vote, forty-four counties”

Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise attorney Terri Pickens Manweiler announced her intent Wednesday to join the 2022 race for the open lieutenant governor’s seat in Idaho.  Pickens Manweiler, a Democrat, is the only member of her party to join the race so far, while the Republican race has three candidates.  She made the announcementContinue reading “Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says”

Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports After announcing the launch of a new ballot initiative last week, Reclaim Idaho had to backtrack the next day and tell volunteers to pause their signature collection drive. The organization announced in a press release Thursday that they would begin collecting signatures, but it turns out the initiative wasn’t eligibleContinue reading “Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start”

Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The top lawmaker in the Idaho House of Representatives is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for lieutenant governor. Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, announced his campaign for the second-highest executive post at the state capitol on Thursday. “I’m the only candidate in the race who has testedContinue reading “Speaker Bedke joins lieutenant governor race”

Giddings running for lieutenant governor

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Rep. Priscilla Giddings announced Friday she is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Giddings, who was first elected to the Idaho House in 2014, cited her service in the US Air Force and her 100 percent rating from the Idaho Freedom Foundation in her announcement. She also referencedContinue reading “Giddings running for lieutenant governor”

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 100 people crowded around the statehouse steps on Wednesday afternoon as Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced her plans to run for governor. McGeachin will challenge Gov. Brad Little in the next primary after the two had publicly conflicting views on the best way to handle the coronavirus pandemic. SheContinue reading “Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022”

Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Note: 2020 election results used in this analysis are unofficial. State law requires that results be canvassed and certified by counties within 10 days of the general election (Nov. 13) and by the state within 15 days (Nov. 18). The 2020 general election saw remarkably high turnout in Idaho, withContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout”

No shakeups in District 5 legislative results

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow) has defended his seat against former Republican senator Dan Foreman, who held the position from 2016 to 2018, although with a much tighter margin than in their previous contest. Republican candidates in District 5 held large leads early in the night, until Latah County absentee ballotContinue reading “No shakeups in District 5 legislative results”

Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One indicator of how well a lawmaker represents their constituents: How comfortably they won a challenged race.  I took a look at legislative candidates who won with highest percentage of votes in R vs D races. I skipped races with only independent and third party challengers, as those candidates generallyContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins”