Posts tagged: Keith Allred
Keith Allred, left, talks with 1st District Rep. Walt Minnick during a picnic for Canyon County Democrats July 10 in Nampa, Idaho.
BOISE – Before Keith Allred ran for governor of Idaho, the former Harvard University professor was becoming an increasingly common sight in Idaho’s state Capitol, where he spent five years lobbying for what he called “the common interest” on behalf of his nonpartisan citizens group.
Allred brought together people of all political stripes from throughout the state into a group that collectively studied and debated issues, and where they reached broad consensus, he lobbied for those positions in the state Legislature, with some notable successes.
Now, after running on the Democratic ticket and losing to Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Allred says he plans to focus on business consulting work for the next two to three years, but he says the idea of the common interest isn’t over – and he still hopes to expand it nationwide. More here. Betsy Russell
Today HB Ventures and Allred Solutions announced their merger. The new entity will operate under the HB Ventures name. Keith Allred, the founder and Principal of Allred Solutions, will be a Partner in the new firm and will lead its strategy and organizational development activities. Allred brings 15 years of consulting and executive education experience to the new role. His previous clients include large companies like Chevron, Dow Chemical, Hughes Aerospace, Micron Technology, Santa Fe Railway, and the JR Simplot Company as well as federal agencies like the IRS, EPA, and the Department of the Interior/Cynthia Gibson, HB Ventures. More here.
Question: What role do you see Keith Allred playing in the future of Idaho politics?
Democrats running against the Democratic party is a shortsighted losing strategy which enables the destruction of the Democratic brand in Idaho leaving us little to work with in the next cycle. … When all the Democratic candidates do it, as all three top tier candidates did, people just stay home. And in addition to being dead wrong, poobahs telling the media after an election that there was nothing to be done, ignores the consequences of that pronouncement. That self serving excuse demoralizes volunteers and tells funding sources not to bother next time we come a knocking, not to mention throwing a bucket of cold water on future candidate recruitment. Most Democrats would rather go down swinging, standing up for who we are, whether right or left, but as proud Democrats, with pragmatic and successful solutions, not self contradicting platitudes/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.
Question: Which strategy is better in Idaho — to run as a Democrat against the Democrat Party, and occasionally win as Minnick did 2 years ago — or to run as a Democrat and lose?
“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?
Earlier this morning, long-time Idaho political observer Randy Stapilus pointed out Democrats in Idaho fared worse than their brethren throughout the country in the big Republican victory. Noting that Congressman Walt Minnick is one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, he said that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred and superintendent of public schools candidate Stan Olson were solid candidates who got stomped. Then, he points out that Democrats will some of the few seats they have in the Idaho House, concluding: “The point is this: Idaho Democrats are going to have to figure out a different way of doing things if they want to move beyond fringe status. Will they?”
Question: Is there any way for Idaho Democrats to return to respectability?
Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter celebrates with his mother Regina Otter while addressing supporters at the Idaho Republican election night headquarters in Boise Tuesday. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)
Question: Why did Republican Gov. Butch Otter win so easily over Democrat Keith Allred?
Allred is an unconventional Democrat. He had no evident partisan affiliation before entering the gubernatorial contest, and when he did, he made it clear to party leaders that his alignment with them would be on his terms, not theirs. He has a doctorate in conflict resolution – not a bad calling in the world of politics – and taught it at Columbia University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As the founder and president of Common Interest, a public-issue citizen group, Allred understands the value of engaging the public in problem-solving and consensus-building efforts. Such an approach, which he has regularly practiced in Common Interest, won’t work magic, but it has a good chance to build badly needed public trust/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with this endorsement?
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred is doing better in Republican-dominated eastern Idaho than one would expect. Polls show his support is strongest there. Allred also has picked up endorsements from prominent centrist Republicans, many of whom work in that region of the state. What could possibly explain it? It might be that Allred’s opponent, Republican Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter, traditionally has had problems in eastern Idaho. Or it just could be that Allred has struck a nerve with his centrist, problem-solving philosophy. No, says eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot. It’s because Allred is playing the religion card. Allred is a Mormon and he’s encouraging other Mormons to back him for that reason, says VanderSloot, CEO of Melaleuca Inc./Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you take note of a candidate’s religion during his/her political campaign?
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.
“As a proud Vandal grad who was born in Idaho and still has plenty of Idaho family roots, I’m honored to endorse Butch Otter for governor of the Gem State. Whether serving in Congress or the governor’s office, Butch has been a voice for ‘common-sense conservatism.’ He’s been a strong advocate for fiscal discipline and energy independence. As governor of Alaska, it was a pleasure working with Butch as both our states bucked a growing federal government power grab in disregard of the Tenth Amendment. Butch has served Idaho with distinction as governor, and Idaho can’t go wrong re-electing him this November”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Does Sarah Palin’s endorsement sew things up for Republican Gov. Butch Otter?
Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, held a news conference on the Capitol steps today to announce that he opposes Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to pull Idaho out of wolf management, and that if elected, he’d reverse it. “We should be expanding state control, not giving it away to the federal government,” Allred declared. “If we want wolves de-listed, we need to stay in the game”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Should Idaho be involved in wolf management?
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)
Independent Jana Kemp, left, and Democrat Keith Allred, center, clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Butch Otter last night during a gubernatorial debate televised statewide. Betsy Russell’s Eye On Boise story here. (SR Photo: Betsy Russell)
In a statement entitled “A Difficult Choice,” former longtime Idaho GOP state schools Supt. Jerry Evans today has endorsed Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate, for governor over incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “It came as a disappointing surprise this year when Governor Otter recommended a large cut in public school support,” Evans writes. “We cannot afford another four years like the past four”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Are you paying more attention to endorsements this year than you usually do?
For some reason, I don’t think Gov. Butch Otter would have appointed Christina Crawford to the Benewah County Board of County Commissioners, if he’d known she was going to support his opponent in the next general election. Democrat Keith Allred’s office contacted Huckleberries Online to say that she has done just that. Shea Andersen of Allred’s office writes: “We’re happy to receive the endorsement of Benewah County Commissioner Christina Crawford today.” Here’s the statement of Crawford, who’s the daughter of famous actress Joan Crawford: “Keith Allred is our best hope for a brighter Idaho future. He understands our issues: taxes, jobs, education and he is willing to work for everyone, not just the powerful few. I support him as candidate for Governor.”
Question: What do you make of Christina Crawford’s gubernatorial endorsement?
In his latest post, Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman writes: “In his latest TV ad, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred conflates two of his main campaign talking points. He criticizes Republican Gov. Butch Otter for presiding over a $128 million budget cut to public schools, while pushing a tax increase.” He writes more here. And then asks whether the message is on point.
Question: Is the criticism leveled by Democrat Keith Allred about Gov. Butch Otter in this ad legitimate?
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Butch Otter for re-election as Governor of Idaho. “Butch Otter has earned the NRA-PVF endorsement for his solid pro-gun record,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. “His commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage makes Butch Otter the clear choice for Idaho gun owners and hunters”/National Rifle Association. More here.