The first TV campaign commercial is out in the initiative campaign to expand Medicaid in Idaho, and it focuses on returning federal tax dollars to Idaho rather than letting them go to other states — a claim the measure’s opponents immediately decried as false.

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Welcome to “Campaign Notebook.” This column will run every Sunday until Nov. 11 — the Sunday after the election — and detail the politicking, advertisements, endorsements, campaign spending and other developments in local and statewide races. We’ll take a brief hiatus after that, and then re…