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Lt. Gov. To Announce Re-election Bid?

Lt. Governor Brad Little is announcing this week in a series of statewide appearances that he will ask the voters to renew his lease on the state’s number two position. They should regardless of whom the Democrats may offer as the alternative. The former four-term state senator from Emmett has performed well whether leading trade missions or greeting visitors to his office. In this writer’s opinion the 59-year-old Little is the best to hold the office since former State Senator John V. Evans served as lieutenant governor to Cecil Andrus. That is saying something because Idaho has had a series of fine “governors in waiting,” all of whom did the state solid service especially when called on to exercise the full power of the Office of Governor when the sitting governor is out of state/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you know much about Lt. Gov. Brad Little?

Lt. Govenor Leadfoot

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state's lieutenant governor was ticketed for speeding on U.S. Highway 95 in northern Idaho.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports state police ticketed Lt. Gov. Brad Little early Wednesday for speeding between Lewiston and Moscow.  Latah County court records show Little was found driving 76 mph when the speed limit was 65 mph.
  
He is among a list of Idaho elected officials who've been busted for driving too fast. More here.

 

Okay. I admit it. I like to drive fast, how about you? When did you last receive a speeding ticket?

Otter In Hawaii As Execution Nears

As last-minute pleas for clemency continued to pour into Idaho’s state Capitol this week in advance of the state’s first execution since 1994, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wasn’t there – he was at a posh resort in Maui to speak about presidential politics, leaving Lt. Gov. Brad Little in charge. Little was Idaho’s acting governor from Sunday, when Otter left for Hawaii, until today, when Otter is planning to return to Boise, leaving the California Independent Voter Project’s “Business and Leader Exchange” a day early to make it back for the Friday execution/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Are you bothered that Gov. Otter was in Hawaii earlier this week while pleas for clemency for triple-murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades poured into the state — and attorneys tried to save the condemned man?

Butch Isn’t Quitting Yet — Warbis

On his Twitter account, Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter tweets: “Governor's temporary spokesman Mark Warbis says Otter resignation rumors are “silly” and not worth comment.” But, you also not that Warbis did not give a strict and straight denial of the rumors.

Question: Do you expect Gov. Butch Otter to complete his second term, or resign early in favor of Lt. Gov. Brad Little?

Moyle Bellies Up to Fed Hog Trough

Relying on the Environmental Working Group's data base, IdahoReporter.Com found Lt. Gov. Brad Little and 18 lawmakers accepted $4.3 million in farm subsidies in the years between 1995 and 2009. Among these are some of the most conservative, anti-government, pro-free market acolytes you'll find anywhere. For instance, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star. In 15 years, he accepted $163,502. Says Moyle, the money is there. He might as well take it. “If they're not giving it to me, they're going to give it to my neighbor,” Moyle said. Just a second there. While it is true there's a line of farmers waiting for limited conservation program dollars, a small portion of Moyle's federal check - $3,500 — comes from that account. The rest comes from commodity subsidies. That's an entitlement. If Moyle says no, nobody else collects. It goes unspent/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is there a bit of hypocrisy going on here among Idaho legislators who love to spout against the federal government on other occasions?

Little: Idaho Better Off Than California

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said Idaho faces more tough budget choices but those decisions could benefit the state in the future. Little spoke at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho (ATI) conference Wednesday, telling a crowd that included many policymakers that Idaho’s government is in better shape now than it was during the Depression of the 1930s and doesn’t have nearly the debt of California. Little also said Idaho faces a potentially ugly future of the federal government reducing spending that goes to state programs and services/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is it a comfort to you that Idaho’s state spending is in far better shape than California’s?

Bus Tour Comes To Unhappy End

  • Originally posted at 6:13 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22

Seems the GOP Bus Tour had an unhappy ending as it swung into the Lake City High parking lot a few minutes ago for the final step of an all-day tour in North Idaho, prior to the football game between Sandpoint and the host Timberwolves. The governor, his First Lady, and other top elected officials had barely set foot on the ground when they were told by a school administrator in a pink, silk cap that they couldn’t campaign on school grounds. A Berry Picker assumed that the administrator didn’t know she was talking to the governor’s wife, Lori, Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, or Senate Education Chairman John Goedde. At her insistence, the GOP officials moved their campaign signs across the street from the north end of the football field parking lot and joined well wishers for hot dogs in the corner of the lot. (Photo: Lt. Gov. Brad Little holds a “remember to Vote” sign as he tours North Idaho aboard the GOP express Friday)

Question: Did the Lake City High administrator react correctly when the GOP bus tour pulled onto school grounds Friday evening?

Sisyphus: Otter Gets Little Pick Right

Score one for Otter, finally. After a downright disasterous run of horrible appointments, Senator Little (R-Emmett) was sworn in today as Lt. Governor. Little’s family has deep roots in Idaho. He’s a rancher and businessman. He doesn’t let ideology cloud his pragmatism. He’s personable, approachable, likable, respected and intelligent. He was one of the first ranchers to offer a hand instead of a fist towards environmentalists concerned about land abuse/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

*Shiny & new blog sites/Political Game

*Lt. Gov. Brad Little/Randy Stapilus

*Who will take Lt. Gov. Little’s Senate seat?/Unequivocal Notion

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