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Elected leaders react to school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Many elected officials responded to the school shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Eighteen students were killed along with three adults in the mass shooting. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy spoke to his colleagues, demanding answers from…

Idaho Republican Party sues over ‘illegal endorsements’

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party and Chairman Tom Luna have filed a lawsuit accusing the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee of making illegal endorsements in the Republican primary and demanding the committee stop making recommendations. The eight-page…

Trump-backed candidate in Wash. House race appears to stall

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The insurgent candidate backed by former President Donald Trump appears to be stalling in a crowded field of Republicans challenging the GOP incumbent for a U.S. House seat in conservative central Washington state. Rep. Dan Newhouse,…

Idaho sees small shift in party affiliation ahead of primary

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fewer than 10,000 of Idaho’s roughly 1 million registered voters switched their affiliation to Republican ahead of next week’s primary election, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. Idaho has long been a Republican stronghold.…

Ex-Idaho cops, sheriffs oppose McGeachin's run for governor

A group of retired Idaho county sheriffs and police say Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's association with extreme, anti-law enforcement factions has prompted them to oppose her run for governor. The retired officials on Tuesday announced the formation of a political action committee called Defend & Protect Idaho. The group says McGeachin's promotion of intimidation and violence threatens the rule of law. McGeachin is challenging first-term Republican Gov. Brad Little. McGeachin in February delivered a taped speech to the America First Political Action Conference, a white nationalist gathering. She's also posed with members of the Three Percenters antigovernment militia group. McGeachin didn't respond to a phone message seeking comment.  

Senator Murray, other U.S. Senators speak on International Workers' Day

SEATTLE, Wash. -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on International Workers' Day: “Washington state’s workers—including immigrant workers—are the backbone of our economy. They are what keeps our…

Trial begins for former Idaho lawmaker accused of rape

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The trial for a former Idaho lawmaker accused of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern began Tuesday with a prosecutor telling jurors the case was about power imbalances and the defense saying the sex was consensual. Aaron…

Idaho lawmakers intervene in lawsuit against abortion ban

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has allowed state lawmakers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law they passed earlier this year that would ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The court…