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GOP governors group buys Balukoff attack ads

BOISE – The Republican Governors Association launched an attack ad in Idaho on Wednesday against A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, decrying him as “a typical politician” and “wrong for Idaho.” The description is “very wide of the mark, and a script written by somebody who apparently doesn’t know the state or A.J. Balukoff very well,” said Jim Weatherby, Boise State University professor emeritus and a longtime observer of Idaho politics. Read more

AdWatch: GOP governors group launches anti-Balukoff attack ad in Idaho

The Republican Governor’s Association launched an attack ad in Idaho on Wednesday against A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate…

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‘Crystal Ball’ sees Otter’s prospects dimming

Maybe this is why Politico picked the Idaho governor’s race as a potential “wild card” yesterday when it was…

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Idaho Supreme Court rules Bujak violated legal ethics, but penalties satisfied

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak - the current Libertarian candidate for governor - violated…

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Republican Governors Association launches attack ad against Balukoff, calling him ‘typical politician’

The Republican Governors Association has launched an attack ad against A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, calling…

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Boise teachers tout Democrat Balukoff’s impact on Boise school board

BOISE – The latest TV commercial in Idaho’s governor’s race comes from Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and features a Boise teacher talking about his record as leader of the Boise School Board. “A.J. Balukoff made a real difference here. As governor, he’ll do that for all of Idaho’s students,” Garfield Elementary School teacher Sonia Galaviz says in the commercial. Read more

Q&A with prosecutor candidates Haskell, Beggs

Spokane County prosecuting attorney candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. Why are you running for county prosecutor? Read more

AdWatch: Balukoff says he’ll take standout school district’s success statewide

The latest TV commercial in Idaho’s governor’s race comes from Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, and features a…

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Four candidates for governor to debate Friday in Coeur d’Alene

Four candidates for governor have confirmed that they’ll debate this Friday in Coeur d’Alene – GOP Gov. Butch Otter…

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Not actually Basque…

When little-known candidate Sherri Ybarra won a four-way GOP primary race for state superintendent of public instruction in May, some…

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Denney, Woodings vie to run Idaho elections

Lawerence Denney already has experience shaping Idaho’s election policy. In the Legislature, he pushed successfully to close Idaho’s…

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Spokane County sheriff candidates Q&A

Spokane County sheriff candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. How should the county address jail crowding? Read more

Eye on Boise: Interim YourHealthIdaho director now permanent

Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho, has named a new executive director: Pat Kelly, the former finance director for the exchange who was named interim executive director in July. “Pat has been with us since the very beginning and has a deep understanding of our commitment to our customers and to our state,” said Stephen Weeg, board chairman for the exchange. “After a very competitive nationwide search, we realized we already had the right leader in place.” Read more

Q&A: Spokane County sheriff candidates Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr

Spokane County sheriff’s candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order they appear on the ballot. Read more

Schools chief rivals square off in Idaho

BOISE – The two women vying to be Idaho’s next state schools chief Friday staked out similar ground about how to improve involvement of teachers, parents, principals, superintendents and the business community in the way schools operate. But, in a debate, they differed on who’s better qualified to accomplish that. Read more

Rivals for Idaho schools chief debate

The two women vying to be Idaho’s next state schools chief staked out similar ground in Friday on involving stakeholders – from teachers and parents to principals, local superintendents and the business community – in how Idaho’s schools operate. But they differed on who’s better qualified to accomplish that – Democrat Jana Jones, the former chief deputy state superintendent, or Republican Sherri Ybarra, a school administrator from Mountain Home. Read more

Of stakeholders, taxes, and starving schools…

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's debate at the City Club of…

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Jones, Ybarra each say they’re the leader Idaho schools need

In their closing comments at today’s City Club of Boise debate, the candidates, Democrat Jana Jones and Republican Sherri…

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How to recruit, retain teachers…

Asked about how Idaho could better recruit and retain teachers, Democrat Jana Jones told the City Club of Boise that…

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Jones, Ybarra spar on resources, party, standards…

Asked if, as a member the Democratic minority, she can work with the GOP-dominated Legislature, state schools superintendent candidate Jana…

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