Here are the Spokesman-Review endorsements for attorney general, secretary of state and superintendent of schools: Idaho voters will go to the polls Tuesday to vote in their party primaries. The Spokesman-Review supports candidates who will focus their efforts on the numerous challenges facing the state and not waste the state’s energies on rolling back the Affordable Care Act or gaining control of federal lands. Idaho’s schools and universities need funding and its roads rebuilding. Idaho’s economy will not grow robustly until those fundamental responsibilities have been met, and prospective employers see a state with the workers and infrastructure they need to compete globally. So far, the candidates have not done a good job explaining to voters how they will move Idaho forward. Today, we submit our endorsements in the Republican races for attorney general, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, District 1 Senate and District 2 House/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. Endorsements here.
Also: Voters can express their support for pragmatic leadership by retaining veteran Rep. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint in a District 1 race and booting Rep. Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens in District 2. Keough supports more educational funding and doesn’t waste time on counterproductive issues. Barbieri wants to reduce educational funding and embraces other extreme positions.