Democratic candidate Rognstad registered as Republican voter

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports This story was updated at 11:35 am to add comments from the Rognstad campaign. Shelby Rognstad does not appear on the Secretary of State’s website of gubernatorial candidates, despite announcing he had filed as a Democratic candidate for governor before the Friday deadline. That’s because according to public records, RognstadContinue reading “Democratic candidate Rognstad registered as Republican voter”

Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.

by Idaho Reports staff The Secretary of State website has posted an unofficial list of 2022 statewide and legislative candidates after the 5 p.m. Friday filing deadline. While it looks to be incomplete (as of 7:50 pm, it was still missing Democratic governor candidate Shelby Rognstad, who filed Friday), here are our takeaways. This postContinue reading “Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.”

Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Branden Durst, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will not be criminally charged for accusations made regarding child abuse allegations. The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office did, however, charge Durst’s wife with misdemeanor injury to child after law enforcement routed them the report for consideration, according to prosecutor’s spokesperson EmilyContinue reading “Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor”

Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools is accused of encouraging an act of child abuse, according to a temporary protection order granted this week by a Washington state court. The court granted an order against Branden Durst and his current wife at the request of Durst’s ex-wife, afterContinue reading “Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations”

Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Senate Republican leadership issued a statement Friday evening accusing GOP state superintendent candidate Branden Durst of “spurious attacks” and “aggressive actions” against members of the Senate following a committee meeting earlier this week. The statement is attributed to President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, Assistant Majority LeaderContinue reading “Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations”

Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Disagreements over a rejected parental rights draft bill led to verbal altercations between a state senator and a candidate for state superintendent that twice involved the Idaho State Police.  On Tuesday, Sen. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, and Branden Durst, a former state senator and current candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction,Continue reading “Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate “

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”

Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho

By Ruth Brown, Logan Finney, and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports When Idaho Gov. Brad Little left the state, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin wasted no time using her authority as acting executive — though Little made it clear whatever actions she takes will be short lived. On Tuesday, as Little traveled to Texas to visit theContinue reading “Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho”

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”

Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Division of Financial Management now says the education initiative spearheaded by Reclaim Idaho could generate an additional $323 million for K-12 schools.  Reclaim Idaho, the same group that successfully got Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2018, is spearheading this initiative, called the Quality Education Act.  The need forContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million”