Election Coverage

  • Meridian Press staff news@mymeridianpress.com
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Early voting for the March 14 election starts Monday in Ada County. Voters from any part of the county may vote at any of the county's early voting locations.

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After 14 years of serving Ada County as commissioner, Rick Yzaguirre, R-District 2, is retiring Friday. Voters elected Boise Republican Rick Visser in November to take his place.

  • By LIS STEWART lstewart@idahopress.com
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One of Idaho’s four Republican electors is denouncing the harassing phone calls and social media messages he’s been getting that urge him to renege on a pledge to vote for Donald Trump when the Electoral College convenes next month.

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There was a close battle between Republican Rick Visser and Democrat TJ Thomson for Ada County Commission in District 2. Visser won with 98,777 votes, or 53.7 percent, over Thomson's 85,070 votes, or 46.3 percent. Both men are from Boise, and Thomson is a Boise City Councilman.

  • By Idaho Press-Tribune staff newsroom@idahopress.com
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Voters in the College of Western Idaho district, which includes both Canyon and Ada counties, rejected a $180 million bond on Tuesday, with the bond failing to get two-thirds of voters in support. 

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Meridian voters rejected two bonds on Tuesday that would have paid for the construction of library branches and indoor pools. 

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About 20 to 30 people were waiting outside the Meridian Library Cherry Lane branch before the poll opened at 8 this morning, said Julia Couch, the precinct chief judge. Voter turnout throughout the day was busier than she's typically seen in her 20 years of working at polling sites.

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Get to know the candidates and issues in our voter guide at mymeridianpress.com. You’ll find survey response from local candidates in legislative and county races.

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The Meridian Library District is refuting the claim that it wouldn't be able to afford to operate two new branches should a bond measure pass on Tuesday. This claim was made in a mailer sent out by the The Idaho Freedom Action, a sister organization of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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TJ Thomson isn’t publicly identifying himself as an Obama-inspired Democrat on his signs, website or not even at some open house events. If you believe, “Barack Obama had such a profound impact on my life that I decided to run for public office. He’s not a partisan choice, but [his presidenc…

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This has been a historic early voting season for Ada County with 34,858 people already casting their ballots in person and 27,442 absentee ballots issued, according to county spokeswoman Kate McGwire.

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Bill Rutherford, Senate District 20 candidate, proposes increasing education funding, reducing property taxes with everyone paying their fair share. Idaho has 240,000 K-12 students. At $6,700 per student, our funding is near the bottom nationally. This year, 80 percent of our school district…

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Please accept my highest recommendation and support of TJ Thomson for Ada County Commissioner. TJ is a superstar public servant and as a resident of Boise/Ada County for 37 years, I have seen those citizens in our community that are truly leaders and will help shape our children’s futures. T…

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The Friends for Meridian’s Future is apologizing for sending out an inaccurate campaign mailer that promotes the $20 million Western Ada Recreation District bond. The bond would pay for two new indoor aquatic centers in Meridian.

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I support TJ Thomson for Ada County Commissioner! TJ was raised in Idaho and truly cares about making Ada County the best place to live, work and raise a family. He is a veteran, a father, a husband and a public servant. TJ will focus on improving accountability and transparency in county go…

To date I have received three very expensive to produce mailers convincing me to “Vote YES for WARD.” Not one of these pieces of propaganda funded by anonymous donations has provided any information on how tax rates will be affected by the bond, and the continuing expenses for staffing and m…

Four-term incumbent Chuck Winder, a Republican from Boise, will face challenger Bill Rutherford, a Democrat from Meridian, for the District 20 Senate seat.

Daniel Weston, a member of the Constitution Party from Meridian, is up against incumbent Joe Palmer, a Republican from Meridian, for seat A in the House of Representatives. Palmer did not submit a survey response.

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Two candidates from Eagle are seeking to fill House Seat B in District 14: Republican Gayann DeMordaunt and Democrat Glida Bothwell. The seat is being vacated next term by Reed DeMordaunt, Gayann’s husband. Bothwell did not submit a survey response.

Voters will choose a candidate within the district where they live. Candidate Mike Tracy did not submit a survey response, and incumbent Jim Hansen was not sent a questionnaire because he is running uncontested.

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Rebecca Arnold is clearly the best choice for Ada County Highway District commissioner. As an attorney and former certified public accountant, she has the education and experience to make the best decisions. She listens to the public and makes well reasoned decisions.

  • By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press
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BOISE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador questioned his Democratic challenger’s readiness to be in Congress as well as his ability to read, while first-time candidate James Piotrowski responded that the Idaho congressman had failed to live up to his promises during the their first and only debat…

  • Robin Lundgren, Meridian
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Curt McKenzie claims endorsements by several groups, among them Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Idaho Chooses Life and the National Rifle Association. He also claims he would fairly apply the Constitution and statutes as written.

  • By Vern McCready, Boise
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Low-end, fearful Republicans and/or their surrogates can't stand handle a "fair" contest. Republicans have demonstrated on a national stage they can't win a fair contest. They gerrymander, deny voting rights, put up roadblocks at every opportunity to stop people (Democrats) from voting.

  • By Mary Ollie, Meridian
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Sen. Chuck Winder’s voting record is testament to using political office for the benefit of a few. Programs and regulations designed to help people or to solve problems end up benefiting the well-connected political class.

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I live in Senate District 20. My current representative, Chuck Winder is an embarrassment to me and to Idaho. I've often wondered how certain representatives in Idaho get elected and retain their positions after introducing so much nonsense legislation.

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Voters will see a $20 million bond proposal for two new indoor aquatic centers on the Nov. 8 ballot. One center would serve south Meridian at the future YMCA, and the other would serve north Meridian several years from now.

  • By Lis Steward lstewart@idahopress.com
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The College of Western Idaho will ask voters on Nov. 8 for $180 million to expand and improve its campuses in Nampa and Boise. CWI Board of Trustees made the decision Sept. 6 to put the bond proposal on the November ballot.

  • Meridian Press staff news@mymeridianpress.com
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Former Republican senator and gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher announced Wednesday he is again running for the state's top political seat in 2018.

  • By Shelly Hiner, Meridian
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I am writing in support for Bill Rutherford, candidate for Idaho Senate in District 20. Our students deserve someone who fights for adequate funding for public education and supports our teachers. See his position on public education at http://bill-rutherford.ruck.us.

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Voters in the West Ada School District recalled on Tuesday two trustees who have been accused of poor leadership and a lack of transparency.