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Book Review: ‘Under Orders’ by Dick Francis

October 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Sid Halley is a thirty-eight year old champion jockey, disabled in a racing accident that destroyed his left hand. He now wears an artificial forearm and is a free-lance racing “investigator.” As the story opens, he is attending the Chelton...

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No place for drama in Little’s campaign

October 08, 2018 at 11:18 am

By CHUCK MALLOY,Idaho Politics Weekly contributorBoring is good.Add the words, “Vote for Brad Little,” and it would be an appropriate campaign bumper sticker for the longtime lieutenant governor.The description fits Little, but not so much ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Jordan campaign hit with turmoil, distractions

October 01, 2018 at 9:27 am

There has been a lot of political hand-wringing about Paulette Jordan’s campaign staffers abruptly walking out as Election Day draws near.The political drama has been interesting, but I’d venture to say that few Idahoans will be voting for ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: GOP stronghold put to the test in North Idaho

September 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Three decades ago, Democrats running for legislative seats in Coeur d’Alene didn’t have to make this kind of appeal to the party faithful.“I have reason to believe that Legislative District 4 is primed for Democrat victory,” wrote Cory Engl...

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Book Review: THE FIRST EAGLE by Tony Hillerman

September 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

The Navajo Tribal Police patrol a 27,000 square mile area, mostly in Arizona’s high desert between Flagstaff and Teec Nos Pos. Author Tony Hillerman’s dozen-or-more novels have won many awards from both the Navajo Nation and American litera...

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Slot machines won’t save racing, opponents say

September 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

If it looks like a slot machine, pays off like a slot machine and eats money like a slot machine, then it must be...A duck. Or, as proponents for Proposition 1 will suggest, historical horse racing terminals.Jonathan Krutz, who teaches econ...

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Jockey hopes voters will bring back racing in Idaho

September 04, 2018 at 1:51 pm

As a female jockey, Nikeela Black of the small town of Greenleaf has experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of being kicked in the teeth and bucked off a horse.She knows all about separated shoulders, injured ankles and broken bone...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Democratic leaders make pitch for Jordan

August 29, 2018 at 11:05 am

House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding of Boise was among the Democrats caught in an awkward position during May’s primary election.He supported his friend, A.J. Balukoff, for governor four years ago and the two had traveled the state recruiti...

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Stallings: Dems not smart enough to win nationally

August 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Say what you want about President Trump – and there are plenty of strong opinions on both sides – but this much is clear. He’s the president that the Democratic Party so richly deserves.Political pundits are rubbing their hands in anticipat...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Re-election may not be a cakewalk for Simpson

August 06, 2018 at 10:20 am

Aaron Swisher of Boise, a Democrat who is challenging longtime Congressman Mike Simpson for the Second District seat, says that “20 years is enough for anybody to be in office.”Simpson is not an example of a congressman who has outlived his...

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