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Rammell Eyes Legislature, St. Maries

In late May, Rammell said that he was done with Idaho politics for the foreseeable future and that he had no plans to run for elected office.  He might be changing his tune slightly, though he points out that he hasn’t made any firm decisions.  ”My supporters in District 2, the St. Maries area, are wanting me to run there,” said Rammell. “And I’m considering it. But I am waiting until they draw the districts up next year to see what happens”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Could Rex Rammell when a seat in the Idaho Legislature by moving to District 2 (southern Bonner County, Shoshone County, and St. Maries)?

Rammell Moving To Central Idaho

Failed Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex F. Rammell expects to arrive in Idaho County today to open a large animal veterinary clinic with an eye toward moving to the area permanently. Rammell, 49, confirmed by telephone Monday that he and his wife, Linda, and one daughter will arrive in Kamiah today and begin operating a mobile veterinary clinic from his pickup truck. “I kind of fell in love with the area, to be right honest with you,” Rammell said. “They have a shortage of large animal veterinarians in that area. And so I thought we’re coming up to check it out to see if we want to build a house”/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Would you want Rex Rammell for a neighbor?

Debate: Why Didn’t Butch Show Up?

Two of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s primary election challengers lashed out at him during a statewide debate Tuesday night, while Otter declined to participate in the matchup that aired live statewide on Idaho Public Television. “I’d like to ask him why he thinks he’s above having his ideas challenged by the public,” said GOP challenger Rex Rammell, a veterinarian from Rexburg. “Isn’t it the responsibility of the top elected official of the state of Idaho to let the people know what your ideas are? … Why didn’t you show up for this?”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you more or less likely to vote for Gov. Butch Otter after he skipped a chance to present the public w/his ideas at the gubernatorial debate broadcast statewide?

Peterson: Otter Will Lose GOPrimary

Republican candidate for Idaho governor, Ron “Pete” Peterson, said he’s confident that Gov. Butch Otter will lose in the May 25 Republican primary, but unlike other aspirants for office, he doesn’t think he’ll be the one to take down the incumbent. He said he expects former elk rancher Rex Rammell of Idaho Falls or Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman to win the race. Peterson said he doesn’t want the state’s top political job, and has already endorsed an independent candidate in the race. Ousting Otter has been the focal point of Peterson’s campaign. His official website is, where people can order bumper stickers, shirts, or underwear with the “Beat Butch” slogan/Brad Iverson-Long. More info.

Question: Will Rex Rammell break double digits, percentagewise, in his primary race against incumbent Butch Otter and others?

PM Headlines: Rex’s Inflatable T-Rex

It turns out that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell’s 16-foot green T-Rex is an inflatable, like the big balloons you see in parades. Asked where he got it, he said, “I don’t know, New York or someplace. We got him online.” The big dinosaur, with its big, pointy teeth and claws, clutches something white in its right paw could perhaps be a submachine gun, or then again could be a movie camera (it’s looking for publicity?). Rammell wasn’t sure what the dinosaur’s holding/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: You have to admit that the T-Rex is a pretty decent attention grabber for long-shot gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell. Or do you?

Otter Skirts GOPrimary Debate

Gov. Butch Otter today declined to participate in the gubernatorial debate, which will feature GOP challengers Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman, and will take place on May 18. Otter, in a letter from his campaign manager, Debbie Field, said he objected to criteria limiting the debate to those candidates who are actively campaigning and would prefer that all those listed on the ballot be present, though at an earlier GOP Lincoln Day event attended by candidates, when Otter was asked by Rammell if he’d debate him, Otter responded with a flat “No.” Click below to read Field’s letter/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: How can concerned members of the public get a message to Otter and other heavily favored Repub office holders that refusal to debate opponents publicly is not OK?

Rammell Campaign To Use T-Rex

GOP gubernatorial challenger Rex Rammell, who’s campaigned for office in the past by driving a giant, decorated RV around the state that doubles as a rolling campaign billboard, plans to unveil a new gimmick tomorrow: A giant model of a 16-foot tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, “which will be pulled behind the Rammell for Governor RV throughout Idaho,” the Rammell campaign said in an announcement. The large model will “be used to communicate his states’ rights message about stopping the federal government from usurping state authority,” according to an announcement of tomorrow’s press conference/dinosaur unveiling/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is there any possibility at this point that you’d vote for Rex Rammell in the GOP race for governor?

Rammell OK w/Militias Showing Force

You know that ABC’s “Nightline” featured that Boundary County militia in a recent segment. But did you know that Idaho gubernatorial wannabe Rex Rammell was present at the North Idaho Lightfoot Militia training session and was quoted as saying the following in view of health care reform: “It’s because of the current administration’s politics — the more they force upon the states, the more noise there is,” (Rammell) says. “The more concern people have, the less freedom there is. Lots of Idahoans believe the health care bill is very intrusive on our individual rights. … We are not going to allow them to come into the state and make what we believe are unconstitutional mandates. Even if they can get them passed in D.C., we are not going to all that to happen. These guys want to show a little force behind the scene… I don’t have a problem with that“/TPMMuckraker. More here H/T: Bubblehead, The Stupid Shall Be Punished

Question: Rammell won 5% of the vote during his 2008 run for the U.S. Senate. Will he win a higher percentage of the vote this year for governor by running on a platform that supports a statewide militia?

DC: Rammell’s One Sorry Guy

There was a time back in my naive younger days of journalism when the imbecilic behavior of politicians would confound me. “How can these so-called leaders be such embarrassing clods?” I would ask myself. As I grew older and wiser I realized the truth. Silly me. I had been holding politicians to a totally unreasonable standard, namely normal behavior. But politicians aren’t like you and me. These are deeply flawed human beings we’re talking about. That’s why they lie so much and toe-tap strangers in airport toilet stalls. That’s why Rex Rammell keeps digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Are politicians a cut above your average citizen? Or a cut or two below?

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