M 2012 Idaho General Election

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Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. President of the United States
Idaho vote totals in the national election

CandidateVotesPct
Mitt Romney (R) 420,750 64.54%
Barack Obama (D) 212,560 32.61%
Gary Johnson (L) 9,448 1.45%
Jill Stein (G) 4,400 0.67%
Rocky Anderson (J) 2,495 0.38%
Virgil Goode (C) 2,218 0.34%
James Harris (S) 0 0%
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Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. U.S. Representative

CandidateVotesPct
Raul Labrador (R) 199,445 62.97%
Jimmy Farris (D) 97,403 30.75%
Rob Oates (L) 12,264 3.87%
Pro-Life (I) 7,600 2.40%
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Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Proposition 1
Referendum to approve or reject legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards and ending the practice of issuing renewable contracts

OptionVotesPct
No 371,228 57.29%
Yes 276,715 42.71%
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Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Proposition 2
Referendum to approve or reject legislation providing teacher performance pay based on state-mandated test scores, student performance, hard-to-fill positions and leadership

OptionVotesPct
No 376,605 57.98%
Yes 272,903 42.02%
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Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Proposition 3
Referendum to approve or reject legislation amending school district funding, requiring provision of computing devices and online courses for high school graduation

OptionVotesPct
No 432,656 66.71%
Yes 215,867 33.29%
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* These percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Idaho lawmaker equates abortion rights to prostitution

BOISE – A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if their pro-abortion-rights stance also means they support prostitution. Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene, made the comparison during a legislative breakfast presentation held by the ACLU. Read more

Labrador says he’ll decide early this year whether to run for Idaho guv

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he’s waiting to see what happens in Congress and efforts to reform immigration before deciding whether to run for Idaho governor. Labrador is among several Republicans who have… Read more

Feud between Simpson, Labrador the talk of Idaho political circles today…

The feud that’s broken out into the open between Idaho GOP Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador - detailed in a Sunday story in the Idaho Statesman by reporter Dan Popkey - is the top political news of the day in Idaho. Click below for… Read more

McMillan files finance report; other candidates report campaign debts

At 1 minute to 5 p.m. today Boise time, the Idaho Secretary of State’s office reported that Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, had filed her campaign finance report; up to that point, she was the only incumbent lawmaker who hadn’t filed. The deadline was Dec. 6…. Read more

North Idaho lawmaker misses campaign finance deadline, could be fined…

Second-term Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, hasn’t filed the required post-election campaign finance report, the only North Idaho legislative incumbent or candidate to miss the filing deadline. The reports were due the 6thof December – today’s the 12th. Candidates can meet the deadline by having that… Read more

Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications of that are serious: The state currently is being sued over the issue. Read more

Idaho House deposes Speaker Denney

BOISE – Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post Wednesday night to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political upset. The ouster, which happened during closed-door legislative caucus elections, marked the first time in three decades that a top Idaho legislative leader has been deposed by his own party. It came as top Idaho Senate leaders held off challenges, keeping their leadership team in place. Read more

Idaho House speaker Denney ousted

Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political upset. Read more

Idaho Lorax speaks for the trees, says ‘write me in please’

The Lorax, the “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” character with a “voice that was sharpish and bossy,” was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1971 environmentally themed children’s book by the same name, in which the Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the… Read more

Amid GOP House leadership fight, campaign cash flowed

As Election Day approached, Moscow Republican House candidate Cindy Agidius noticed her campaign account filling with money from prominent GOP lawmakers, from districts hundreds of miles from hers in northcentral Idaho, AP reporter John Miller reports. House Speaker Lawerence Denney of Midvale chipped in $1,000… Read more

Eye on Boise: Seuss environmentalist falls short in House bid

BOISE – The Lorax, the “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” character with a “voice that was sharpish and bossy,” was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1971 environmentally themed children’s book by the same name, in which the Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” And it was the title of a quirky 2012 feature film starring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. Read more

Sen. Nuxoll: Let’s drop it

Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, whose touting of a tea party plan to upset the presidential election resul… Read more

Sen. Nuxoll touts tea party scheme to flout presidential election results

A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling f… Read more

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker shares far-fetched idea to elect Romney

BOISE – A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result. Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, sent an article out on Twitter headed, “A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late).” Read more

Idaho ed board repeals online class obligation

BOISE – It was Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna himself who proposed Monday that the state Board of Education repeal the rule requiring that every Idaho student take at least two online classes to graduate from high school. Earlier this month, voters rejected Luna’s tech-heavy “Students Come First” school reform laws. Read more

State Ed Board repeals online graduation requirement on 7-1 vote

It was Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna himself who made the motion at the state Board of Education this morning to repeal the rule requiring that every Idaho high school student take at least two online classes to graduate from high school. “Proposition 3… Read more

State board prez: Online grad requirement was ‘one size fits all approach’

Ken Edmunds of Twin Falls, president of the Idaho State Board of Education, said what the voters said last week “matters a great deal.” He said, “If people aren’t satisfied with what we’re doing, they’re not going to support further change.” The board will hold… Read more

‘Fractional ADA’ funding scheme diverting school funds to online providers also up for repeal Monday

There also are two other rule changes on the State Board of Education’s agenda for Monday’s special meeting that are a result of the rejection of the “Students Come First” laws by voters: One regarding “fractional ADA,” and another regarding teacher and principal evaluations. The… Read more

AG’s opinion: Teachers to get bonuses for last year as scheduled

Idaho school teachers who earned $38.8 million in merit-pay bonuses last year under the now-repealed “Students Come First” school reform laws still must be paid those bonuses for their work last school year, according to an Idaho Attorney General’s opinion released today by state Superintendent… Read more

Bedke goes public, announces he’s running for House speaker

The Twin Falls Times-News reports today that House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, has publicly announced his run for Speaker of the House, taking on current Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. “It’s time for a change,” Bedke told the newspaper. Leadership elections will take place… Read more

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option

BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school districts on Nov. 15 – he just wants it distributed differently than the voter-rejected Students Come First laws required. “I would like to see it go to the base, and let the teachers negotiate with their local school boards for it,” Hammond said. “Because I think it’s disingenuous … giving merit pay to people that don’t deserve it. I don’t want to do that to teachers.” Read more

Legislative leaders gather to review election result, look ahead to session…

The Legislative Council, the Legislature’s leadership group that meets outside the legislative session, is gathered in the House Majority Caucus Room this morning; so far, it’s heard reports on interim committees and task forces and discussed training sessions planned for new legislators this year -… Read more

Chewing over the election results…

I’ll be on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue” program tomorrow night, along with Greg Hahn, Gary Moncrief, and host Marcia Franklin, to discuss the election results. Among them: I’ve been looking at how we ended up with the exact same party split in the Legislature as… Read more

Hayes Explains Election Count Snafu

In a press release emailed moments ago, County Clerk Cliff Hayes explained the counting snafu that prevented final Kootenai County results to be posted online until shortly before 7 Wednesday morning: Around 1:30 a.m. elections management saw online results were not adjusting correctly as each… Read more

Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. Mike Lanza, a Boise father of two who chaired the successful referendum campaign, said, “We want to sit down with our elected leaders – and that includes Superintendent (Tom) Luna – and begin the hard work that is required to forge real education reform.” Read more

Idaho school reform combatants on both sides call for new start

Here’s a link to my full day-after-the-election story at spokesman.com, on how after Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling today for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, with all the… Read more

Idaho school reform foes call for new start

After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, with all the stakeholders at the table. Read more

Denney says he’ll ‘aggressively’ campaign for speaker despite Bedke challenge

House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, told Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey today that he’s planning to “aggressively” campaign for another term as speaker - though popular Assistant majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, also is seeking the post. “The game is on,” Denney said. “We know… Read more

Labrador promises ‘bold actions and strong leadership’ in 2nd term

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has released a statement thanking supporters for his “resounding victory” in yesterday’s election. “After the results of the national election, I know we are all wondering what to expect for America’s future,” he writes. “Well, you and I both… Read more

Otter: ‘We’re prepared to sit down and find a path forward with all the stakeholders’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke with reporters this afternoon about the election results, and he said the call from “Students Come First” opponents to begin new talks with all stakeholders about school reform is “exactly what I want to do.” “I think the interest that… Read more

Goedde ponders whether to continue as Senate Ed chair or not…

Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, who’s just won re-election to a seventh term in the Senate, says he may or may not continue as the Senate Education Committee chairman. “I would be in line to take the Commerce & Human Resources chairmanship, and that’s something… Read more

Farris says he’ll run against Labrador again in 2014

1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris, who polled 30.8 percent to GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s 63 percent in the final, unofficial results, has released this statement: “I want to thank the many people who put their faith in me and honored me with their… Read more

Contract: No cost to state now that Prop 3 voted down

I’ve had several inquiries from readers concerned that now that voters have rejected Proposition 3, that the state would face costs related to the now-canceled $182 million laptop contract with Hewlett-Packard. I can verify that according to H-P’s Business and Scope of Work Proposal, which… Read more

Johnson’s takeaways: Historic election ‘will be hashed over for years’

Marc Johnson’s “The Johnson Post” offers five takeaways from yesterday’s election, including a dose of Idaho historical perspective, some demographics, impacts for the two senior members of the state’s congressional delegation, and how the election leaves Idaho balanced on its own “cliff,” this one involving… Read more

Otter on school reform: ‘The public conversation isn’t over, it’s only begun’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter issued this statement today on the voters’ rejection of Propositions 1, 2, and 3, the “Students Come First” school reform measures: “The people have spoken, so I’m not discouraged. That’s how our system works. But it’s important to remember that the… Read more