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Ex-Im Bank: How vital is it?

Govs. Jay Inslee and Butch Otter signed on to a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but the owner of a Palouse company sometimes listed as a local beneficiary of the institution says the United States should let it go out of business . .  .

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Today’s fun video: Colbert on the great ID gov debate

 

Stephen Colbert is a little late in weighing in on the Idaho gubernatorial debate, but last night managed to wrap Harley Brown and Walt Bays into a report on Tuesday's primary results.

This may confirm for some Russ Fulcher's complaint that Gov. Butch Otter's insistence that the two “out there” candidates in the sole debate made Idaho a laughingstock. To which Spin Control can only say: “Oh, waaaaah.”

Watch for a guest appearance by the S-R's Betsy Russell late in the segment.

Today’s fun video: ID gov debate

 

There are about as many differences between Washington and Idaho politics as there are differences between the two states. 

 As this video demonstrates, Idaho gubernatorial debates are quite a bit more entertaining, as dark horse candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes join Gov. Butch Otter and his main Republican opponent Russ Fulcher on stage for a debate. 

This is not to say Washington doesn't have its own stable of unusual folks who run for office. Mike The Mover and GoodSpaceGuy have jumped into congressional races. But they don't often wind up in a debate broadcast around the state on public television.

Brown and Bayes, who were invited at the insistence of Otter, kind of steal the show at various times.

Kudos to colleague Betsey Russell, The Spokesman-Review's Boise bureau chief, who is on the panel and handles this all with great aplomb.

National political blogs — which normally pay as much attention to Idaho as they do to Liechtenstein, are agog with the debate. 

The fill video lasts about an hour, but for highlights, try Buzz Feed's 9 Reasons Why The Idaho Gubernatorial Debate Was the Most Important Political Event of the Year.

Otter trying ‘personal touch’ in snare business

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter continues to “court” Washington businesses, sending personal letters to their owners that suggest they should move to the Gem State.
That’s fair, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday, because the Evergreen State makes similar overtures to businesses in other states, including Idaho. She called foul last month when Otter sent out a blanket “love letter” to businesses in the Washington and Oregon that derided the neighboring states for tax increases.
“It is not normal for governors to send a so-called love letter. Governors absolutely do contact businesses in other states,” Gregoire said.
Hitting Washington for tax increases was “a little premature”, she added, because the Legislature hasn’t settled on any yet.
But it’s about to, warned Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla…

Otter to WA biz: Come on over

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is suggesting Washington businesses come over to his side of the border if taxes go up like they have in Oregon.
In a “love letter to our neighbors,” Otter argues that Idaho has a better plan than other states for handling the recession: “Predictable tax and regulatory policies are what our employers need in order to maintain their operations through this rough patch.”

 

ID can find budget savings that WA can’t

Colleague Betsy Russell at Eye on Boise tells of an election-related savings in Idaho that isn’t available in Washington. But even if it was, Washington Republicans would probably be more than happy to put the money in the budget.

As reported here, it seems that Gov. Butch Otter’s office was submitting its 2011, which, like the governor’s budget in Washington, is mostly staff expenses. There’s also $15,000 contingency line item for transition, should Otter not be re-elected and a successor have to take over. (All kinds of campaign slogans come to mind, like “Save 15K with ButchO”)

In Washington, the gubernatorial election is still nearly three years off. But Republicans have been out of the governor’s mansion for so long that if this comes up in 2012, they’ll see it as a worthwhile investment.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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