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Election Season Rolls On

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Caucus? Check. Filing date? Check. Levy vote? Check.

The latter had yet to happen as of press time, but in the days leading up to the vote, I saw fliers in support of the levy taped inside the rear windows of cars, fluttering in the wind on the outside of Boise homes and stacked next to cash registers in local businesses. If what I saw in terms of the ratio of "support" vs. "do not support" in the last few weeks is any indication of how the Boise vote will go, I'd say it looks like a pretty positive outcome for the Boise School District's pocketbook. Then again, I hadn't tuned into the opposition's daily radio show in the days leading up to the vote.

Next up: the Idaho primary on Tuesday, May 15. With reapportionment diminishing some incumbents' desires to run in their newly drawn districts and with life, generally speaking, just getting the best of other incumbents, the turnover in the Legislature is starting to look pretty high. In Citizen in this edition of BW, News Editor George Prentice chats with Boise Democrat Rep. Brian Cronin, who has decided to call it quits under the rotunda. And, of course, at least the race for Congress in Idaho's Second District looks like an interesting race with incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson--who's held the position since 1999--potentially squaring off against well-known Boise Democrat and retiring state Sen. Nicole LeFavour. Before we can see just how well LeFavour will do against Simpson in the heavily conservative Second District, both candidates have to get through the primary.

In less political news, BW's New Media Czar Josh Gross arrived in Austin, Texas, for SXSW after a week on the road with local band Finn Riggins. For the blow by blow, follow Gross on Twitter at @thejoshgross and @boiseweekly. We'll have blog updates and videos on the regular at boiseweekly.com, and just as things wrap up at SXSW, we'll be cranking up the coverage of Boise's inaugural Treefort Music Fest. So if you dig music, you're gonna be one happy reader in the coming weeks.

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