May 15, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Ada County Elections
  • Polls opened on one of the most hotly anticipated Idaho primary elections in recent memory at 8 a.m. on this morning, and there are sharply contested races up and down both the Democratic and Republican ballots. These include the often-contentious race as to who Democrats and Republicans choose to run to be Idaho's next governor.
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    Ada County officials remind voters that several voting precincts have been added or adjusted due to the explosive growth in the Treasure Valley. Voters can find their polling locations by typing in their address at or calling 208-287-6860 for assistance. Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

    When they go to the polls, voters will be asked to show photo ID or, absent an ID, they'll need to sign an affidavit. The Republican ballot is open only to registered Republicans. Voters may register as Republicans today at the polls so they can vote on the Republican ballot. The Democratic primary is open to anyone who chooses a Democratic ballot.

    If you're not registered to vote, you can register at the polls and participate in today's primary.

  • The Seattle City Council approved a controversial new tax bill on Monday imposing a new levy on large employers to help fund affordable housing and homeless services. The New York Times reports that opponents dub the new levy the "Amazon Tax," but they say it unfairly targets big companies. In effect, Amazon and other large employers will be taxed an extra $275 per year for every full-time employee. It's expected to generate about $50 million for the city each year.
  • Hollywood is mourning the death of 69-year-old Margot Kidder, who died at her home in Livingston, Montana. Kidder, considered a renegade actress in the 1960s and '70s, found global fame in her portrayal of Lois Lane in the 1978 megahit Superman and three sequels. Variety says there's no word yet on the cause of her death.

  • With just four days until the big royal wedding, Vanity Fair reports that Megan Marke's Suits castmates have arrived in London to witness her marriage to Prince Harry. But there's trouble at the palace. TMZ reports that Markle's father staged some paparazzi photos of him preparing for the wedding. An official statement from the palace said that Markle and Prince Harry are "requesting understanding and respect" in what they called "this difficult situation."

  • The controversial film director Lars von Trier has returned to the Cannes Film Festival, but things aren't going well. von Trier was temporarily banned from the festival in 2011 for saying that he "sympathized with Hitler." And now, The Hollywood Reporter says von Trier's world premiere of his new film, The House that Jack Built, sparked multiple walkouts and comments of "disgusting," "gross," "vomitive," and "torturous."
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