When Gov. Butch Otter said some of the other candidates want to raise taxes, Keith Allred said Otter knows he doesn't want to raise taxes. Otter responded, "This is Obama-speak," and said Democrats want to say they're for cutting taxes but really want to raise them. Allred told Otter to focus on Idaho, not talk about Obama, and noted that personally, he favors keeping the Bush tax cuts in place. Jana Kemp asked if that was the same Fox News appearance in which Allred said he wasn't a Democrat. Allred said he's an independent running on the Democratic ticket. Allred said he wants the government to get out of the business of picking winners and losers in the economy, and wants to do so by lowering tax rates and eliminating exemptions. Now it's time for closing statements.
News, happenings and more from the Idaho Legislature and the state capital.