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Keith Allred: Beaten But Buoyed

“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?

Poll: Butch Or Keith?

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)

  • Tuesday Poll: Democrat Jody DeLuca-Hissong is the overwhelming choice of Hucks Nation for county coroner. 94 of 133 (71%) said they would vote for DeLuca-Hissong over Republican Debbie Wilkie, 39 of 133 (29%) in the county coroner’s race.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the Idaho governor’s race?

Allred Removes GOP Logo From Site

Keith Allred has taken the official Republican elephant logo off the web page for Republicans for Allred. after a complaint of trademark violation from the Republican National Committee. “Your campaign’s use of the RNC’s official elephant logo appears designed to mislead the public into thinking you are a Republican or that your views are consistent with those of the Republican Party,” said John Phillippe, chief counsel of the Republican National Committee in the letter. “On the contrary, your tax and spend liberal agenda stands in stark contrast to conservative principles.” Allred for Idaho campaign manager, Matt Compton, called Phillippe to announce the compliance/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Was Allred trying to be deceptive? Or just trying to reflect the fact that some Idaho Republicans back his candidacy against Gov. Butch Otter?

43SB: Allred Uses Fox To Tack Right

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?

Keith Allred Unveils New Ad

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?

Otter Opposes 17th Amendment Repeal

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?

Otter Spurns NIdaho, Lewiston Debate

Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter has canceled plans to debate Democratic opponent Keith Allred in Lewiston Oct. 7. The debate was co-sponsored by the Lewiston Tribune, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and KLEW-TV. Debbie Field, Otter’s campaign manager, informed the Tribune by e-mail this morning that the governor “will be unable to accept your invitation for the October 7 debate.” She offered no explanation and did not immediately return a phone call. Tribune reporter Kathy Hedberg, who was coordinating the debate, said Field gave her a verbal confirmation on July 16 that Otter would participate in the debate/Lewiston Tribune, via Facebook.

Question: What do you make of this unexplained decision by Gov. Butch Otter not to debate Democrat Keith Allred in North Idaho?

Allred Leads Otter In Press Poll, But …

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.)

Marty: Cheers For Guv Debates

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:

  • Aug. 19’s debate at the Idaho Falls City Club.
  • Sept. 15 at the Boise City Club.
  • Oct. 7 at Lewiston, sponsored by the Tribune, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and KLEW. (Otter’s people say this is tentative. They’re still working out the schedule.)
  • Oct. 13 at Caldwell, presented by Boise’s KTVB, Spokane’s KREM and Idaho Falls’ KIFI television stations.
  • Oct 28 at Boise, broadcast statewide over Idaho Public Television and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club.” More here.

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?

Allred: Otter Botched Budget, Hurt Ed

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?

ID Blogs: NYT WSJ Notice Guv’s Race

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?

Allred, Otter Mix It Up @ Debate

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.

‘Apprentice’ Runnerup Joins Team Otter

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.

  • AP 2004 file photo/NBC:Troy  McClain, left, and Kwame Jackson pose at the post-telecast party after the finale of NBC’s television boardroom game “The Apprentice,” in New York.

Question: Is a guy who finished second on Donald Trump’s ‘The Apprentice’ a good addition to Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign?

Otter’s Lead Slips To 11 Percent

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?

GOP: Allred Deceptive Re: Birth Place

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?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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