Posts tagged: governor’s race
“We also know that the outcome had little to do with us and our message. We knew from the beginning that it would be as difficult as ever here, in Idaho, to get people to look beyond the partisan label to see our genuine commitment to solutions that rise above the partisan divide. What we didn’t know was that there would be an anti-Democratic wave that would reach such historic heights on Election Day. Idahoans were understandably outraged by fiscal irresponsibility in Washington, which made it especially difficult to convey that this Democratic nominee was more serious about a low tax burden for Idaho families than the Republican incumbent”/Keith Allred, via his Facebook page. More here.
Question: Are Democrats wasting their time to field and fund quality statewide candidates like Allred in the fire engine-red political environment in Idaho today?
Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise profiles the race for governor between incumbent Republican Butch Otter, Democrat Keith Allred, and three others. You can read about it here. And you can read Betsy’s profile of the 1st Congressional District race here.
Gov. C.L. ” Butch” Otter is introduced on Tuesday by English instructor Kimberly Madison to her class, which consisted of students from Twin Falls, Sugar City and Clark Fork who participated in the College of Southern Idaho course through the Idaho Education Network. (AP Photo/Times-News, Meagan Thompson)
From 43rd State Blues (via YouTube), Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred explains to Fox News his support for the 10th Amendment and Bush tax cuts. Writes Sisyphus/43rd State Blues: “Keith Allred is asked to be on Fox Business News
to chat about tax cuts and failed to read from their script. As the
Democratic candidate in their punditocracy, he’s supposed to be the
punching bag. But he uses the opportunity to deflate Otter’s primary
talking points on a network that reaches much of the gubernatorial
battleground in SE Idaho. Allred wants to “honor” the tenth amendment
and reinstate the Bush tax cuts.” More here.
Question: What do you make of Allred’s support for the 10th Amendment & Bush’s tax cuts?
Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise breaks down the claims in the new television ad by Democrat Keith Allred, who is running against incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, here
Question: What do you think of Keith Allred’s new TV ad?
Asked about possible repeal of the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (at today’s gubernatorial debate) — the amendment that established popular election of U.S. senators — Gov. Butch Otter said, “I want Idahoans to elect our U.S. senators. I have said time and time again, and I’ll say it again, my focus is on the 10th Amendment. … I certainly understand the frustration, but repealing the 17th Amendment is just not in the scope of political reality. It’s theoretical.” Challenger Keith Allred responded, “Here at the City Club in Boise, Butch Otter tells you that he thinks Idahoans should elect their own senators, but when he goes across the state line to speak” at a Tea Party rally in Spokane he says the 17th Amendment was among the nation’s “biggest mistakes”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here
Question: Anyone see or hear the debate? Reaction?
I’ve been watching with interest the current Coeur d’Alene Press poll re: the Idaho governor’s race. Democrat Keith Allred has been leading for the last 36 hours or so — 47% to 42%, with the rest undecided or pulling for another candidate. Yeah, yeah, I know — newspaper polls are very unscientific … and this is probably the work of local Democrats who voted early and often. Still, it’s funny. On the other hand, Otter is leading Allred by 19% in a statewide poll commissioned by KREM, KIFI, & KTVB here.
Question: What value do you see in newspaper polls — or even the one that runs daily here at Huckleberries Online. (Before you answer cynically that there is no value, consider. Partisans go out of there way to stacked the vote … and followers regularly retweet results here.)
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune writes: “CHEERS … to Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter. He’s the incumbent Republican in a Republican state. He’s ahead of Democratic challenger Keith Allred by, depending on the poll, at least 11 points. So the prudent thing for Otter would be to dispense with Allred in one obligatory debate. Not this time. Otter has agreed to share the stage as many as five times in this campaign:
Question: I join Lewiston Trib opinionator Marty Trillhaase in applauding Butch Otter for his series of debates against Democrat Keith Allred. But there be one debate in North Idaho?
Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, says the latest official state revenue forecasts shows “Otter cut schools unnecessarily,” and said in a news release this morning, “New information about Idaho’s budget once again underscores one point: Idaho school kids shouldn’t have to pay the price for Butch Otter’s botched budget.” Idaho lawmakers and Otter cut funding for public schools this year by $128 million, 7.5 percent. The latest state revenue forecast suggests the current fiscal year, which began July 1, could end with about $80 million more in state tax revenue that lawmakers predicted/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Did Butch Otter act responsibly by taking a conservative approach to the education budget? Or did he hurt education by being too cautious?
The New York Times took notice of Idaho’s governor’s race on its political blog today, referencing a Wall Street Journal story over the weekend headlined, “In Idaho, GOP Incumbent Sees Wide Lead Erode.” That story, datelined Idaho Falls, where the WSJ reporter caught the first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred, reported, “Thanks in part to anti-incumbent sentiment, Democratic challenger Keith Allred has been steadily chipping away at Mr. Otter’s wide lead in the polls. … While few pundits expect Mr. Otter to lose, they say his opponent is proving surprisingly strong in a state that last elected a Democratic governor 20 years ago”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: What odds do you think Las Vegas would give re: Demo Keith Allred knocking off incumbent Gov. Butch Otter?
Wow. In a very lively, issue-oriented debate in Idaho Falls, Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred departed from the set format just now, with Otter using his final rebuttal to a question about the Republican Party platform to ask Allred about his view of planks of the Democratic Party platform. Though it wasn’t his turn to speak, Allred responded, and moderator David Adler said he’d allow that through “moderator’s prerogative.” Allred responded, “The governor did ask me a question,” to which Otter put in, “But that doesn’t mean under the rules you get to reply.” Responded Allred: “It’s good to do this with a career politician who knows all the tricks.” Otter then declared, “This is the first college professor I ever ran against,” prompting Adler to make a crack about losing control of his class/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.
Troy McClain has avoided politics since capturing the hearts of 28 million Americans as the runner-up on Donald Trump’s first season of “The Apprentice” in 2004. The Boise entrepreneur had a simple request for politicians “don’t mess with my huntin,’ don’t mess with my fishin,” the self-described “country boy with big city instincts” said. But now the founder and President of the McClain Companies has jumped in to help Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. McClain, a public speaker, consultant and sometimes television host, decided to bring his wide media skills and experience to Otter’s campaign. “I said, ‘Butch, you’re the right person, we need to get the right message behind you,’” McClain said/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Is a guy who finished second on Donald Trump’s ‘The Apprentice’ a good addition to Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign?
Item: Otter’s lead over Allred shrinks in new independent poll/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman
More Info: Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s lead over Democrat Keith Allred has slipped to 11 percentage points, according to a poll commissioned by the Idaho Hospital Association by Republican pollster Greg Strimple. Otter led 47 percent to 36 percent, the first time his support has dropped below 50 percent in polls that have become public.
Question: Is there a huge upset in the making?
Idaho Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Keith Allred has been attempting to mislead the public into believing that he is a native Idahoan. According to Project Vote Smart and the Idaho Statesman Candidate survey, Allred answered that he was born in Twin Falls when in fact Keith Allred was actually born in Redondo Beach, California. “It is disingenuous of Keith Allred to fill out candidate surveys claiming that he was born in Twin Falls and implying that he is a native Idahoan when in fact he was born in California,” stated Jonathan Parker, Idaho Republican Party Executive Director/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here
Question: Is the term “native Idahoan” meant for only someone who was born here?