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Eye On Boise A.J. Balukoff archive


Jordan: Campaign email wasn't meant to mislead Idaho voters

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan is not apologizing for sending a campaign email blast that critics say misled voters to think she was endorsed by the Idaho Democratic Party. Jordan, a former two-term state representative and member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday she did not intend to...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Paulette Jordan, left, and A.J. Balukoff, right, participate in a debate sponsored by KTVB-TV in Boise on Tuesday, May 1, 2018; the two are running for governor on the Democratic ticket. Idaho's primary election is May 15. (KTVB/screenshot)

Democratic governor candidates talk wage gap in final debate

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan labeled her Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff as out of touch in their second and final televised debate on Monday. The 38-year-old Jordan's attack stemmed from 71-year-old Balukoff's promise to work toward eliminating the gender wage gap in Idaho — an issue that has become a priority for the Boise...

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Balukoff calls for grocery tax repeal

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff called yesterday for the Legislature to introduce legislation to repeal Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. “The state is balancing its budget on the backs of working Idahoans every time they go to the grocery store and it’s time...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 2018

THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

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TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Catching up on the news...

Idaho state treasurer Ron Crane's website hacked with an Islamic State message; fire season arrives in southern Idaho; giant sequoia moved; Payette cabin sites auctioned; Balukoff mulling another guv run; and more from while I was gone...

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A.J. Balukoff, running for Idaho governor, laughs with attendees of a Democratic election night party at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. (AP/Idaho Statesman)

Balukoff concedes to Otter in gov's race

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, has conceded the election to GOP Gov. Butch Otter; Balukoff said he offered Otter his congratulations in a late-night phone call. "Being governor is often a thankless job, and I commend Gov. Otter for his public service," Balukoff...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Watch the full governor's debate...

The full, 90-minute debate between Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian challenger John Bujak can be viewed online here. It was a lively and often heated debate that saw the candidates clash on an array of issues as Tuesday's election...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, right, responds past Libertarian candidate John Bujak, center, to a comment by Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, left, during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho guv debate most heated yet 

Idaho's final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet between the candidates seeking the seat, the AP reports. GOP Gov. Butch Otter faced off against Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. The three agreed on little, writes AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi,...

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, left, and Democratic challenger Bert Marley, right, shake hands at their televised debate on Thursday (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

A night of lively political debates in Idaho...

Here’s a link to my full story at on tonight’s lieutenant governor debate, the only debate in the race between GOP Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley. In the polite but pointed televised debate, Little and Marley outlined sharply differing views...

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News, happenings and more from the Idaho Legislature and the state capital.