Posts tagged: Stan Olson
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?
Olson accused Luna of failing to plan ahead for possible cuts. When Luna touted his efforts to unearth $22 the million of endowment reserves to help offset this year’s cuts, Olson dismissed it as a last-minute ploy and a poor precedent. And there was even some snark about academic credentials, as Olson made a point of reminding Idahoans that he has had to defend a doctoral dissertation. “I’ll have to tell you about that someday,” Olson told Luna/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: What role will the unprecedented budget cuts to public education play in the elections for governor and superintendent of schools?
Democratic Idaho State Department of Education Superintendent candidate Stan Olson, left, and Republican incumbent Tom Luna debate at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise on Tuesday in a statewide broadcast produced by Idaho Public Television. You can read Betsy Russell’s coverage of last night’s debate here. And: blow-by-blow coverage of the debate by Betsy on her blog here. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)
Question: Who is the best candidate for superintendent of schools? Why?
It’s debate season, with major debates set in the coming weeks in Idaho’s top political races, giving voters who tune in a chance to see and compare the candidates. The Idaho Debates, which have been sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club and aired on Idaho Public Television live for the past three decades, kick off this week with tomorrow night’s live debate in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and on Thursday night, debates in the contests for Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Idaho Education Association President Sherri Wood speaks at a statehouse rally Friday for Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools. Betsy Russell reported over the weekend that 95 percent of Idaho’s teachers support Olson, who is challenging current Superintendent Tom Luna. Story here. (SR photo: Betsy Russell)
Question: Will Democrat Stan Olson be helped much by the fact that 95 percent of Idaho teachers support him over incumbent Republican Tom Luna?