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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‘We want to sit down with our elected leaders, and that includes Supt. Luna’

Mike Lanza, a Boise father of two who chaired the “No on Props 1,2,3” campaign, said today, “I first got involved … Read more

IEA chief: ‘Together we can be a model of reform for the nation’

Leaders of the successful campaign to overturn state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” schoo… Read more

Luna: ‘I do not believe any Idahoan wants to go back to system we had 2 years ago’

After all three of his “Students Come First” school reform measures were soundly defeated by Idaho voters yesterda… Read more

More election results…

Other results from last night, with 99% of the vote counted: SJR 102, county probation services amendment: 74.4… Read more

All three school reform measures fail

With 93 percent of the vote counted, all three “Students Come First” school reform measures are being soundly defe… Read more

Idaho voters push back on school reform issues

BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch Otter trailed at the polls throughout the night. The three measures, Propositions 1, 2 and 3, became the hottest election issue in Idaho this year, eclipsing even the presidential race – which was a foregone conclusion for Idaho’s four electoral votes in the heavily GOP state that strongly favored Mitt Romney. Read more

Voters appear to be rejecting school reform referendum measures

Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as  school-reform… Read more

Labrador holds big lead in bid for 2nd term; Simpson has 68%

Freshman GOP Congressman Raul Labrador appears headed toward a second term, with a big lead over Democratic challe… Read more

Idaho voters appear to turn down school-reform plan

BOISE - Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch Otter trailed at the polls throughout the night. Read more

With 20% of vote counted, all three school reform measures still trail

With 20 percent of the vote counted, all three school reform referendum measures continue to trail, with Propositi… Read more

South Dakota voters overwhelmingly reject school reform referendum measure

South Dakota, like Idaho, also had a referendum measure on its ballot regarding teacher contracts; that state’s me… Read more

School reform opponents: ‘An affirmation’

Opponents of the “Students Come First” school reform measures are celebrating at their own election-night party at… Read more

Idaho Dems celebrate, pool beckons…

At the Idaho Democrats’ election-night watch party, the festivities spill into several rooms, including the pool d… Read more

School reform measures trailing in early results

The very first smattering of election results has come in, and with just 9 of 967 precincts reporting, all three ”… Read more

Party faithful gather, await results…

It’s early yet, but folks are gathering at both the Idaho Democratic Party election-night watch party at the Boise… Read more

Idahoans turn out at the polls…

Love this AP photo by Adam Eschbach of the Idaho Press-Tribune, showing Dora Winter of Nampa after an “I Voted” st… Read more

Northern Idaho election proceeds after bomb scare

A bomb threat Monday in northern Idaho during a training session for election workers forced them to evacuate a building with 22,000 ballots, but it isn’t adversely affecting Tuesday’s voting, the Bonner County clerk said. Read more

Time to vote…

There was a half-hour wait to vote at my polling place this morning; one guy ahead of me in line gave up and left…. Read more

In statewide mock election, Idaho students pick Romney, reject school reform measures

In the fourth Idaho Student Mock Election, high school seniors across the state cast online ballots last week, and… Read more

Idahoans riled up and ready to vote, big turnout expected

Idaho voters are riled up and ready to vote, with a contentious school-reform debate reverberating in the state’s … Read more

School reform propositions in Idaho will be ‘catalyst for turnout’

BOISE – Idaho voters are riled up and ready to vote, with a contentious school-reform debate reverberating in the state’s airwaves and decisions looming on every seat in the Legislature, key local races, two constitutional amendments and seats in Congress. Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting that 78 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots, and forecasting a long night of ballot-counting before final results are tallied. Some large counties have advised election-night workers their shifts could run to 5 a.m. the next day. Read more

Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that “is only paid if the contract is severed for some reason” and “may or may not be paid.” In response to my inquiries, after I found no reference to such an early-cancellation buyout fee in the contract, department spokeswoman Melissa McGrath told me, “That would be my error.” Read more

John Webster: The Old Party isn’t so Grand anymore

I used to be a Republican. Voted for them. Wrote nice things about them and their policies. When I was a kid, I even doorbelled for them. Never again. Read more

Idaho’s school-reform hot potato…

I was contacted in April by State Legislatures Magazine, which is published by the National Conference of State Le… Read more

Ad Watch: Latest school reform commercial echoes earlier one

The latest TV commercial in favor of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 comes from “Yes for Idaho Education,” and features a … Read more

‘Buyout’ clause in laptop contract is not just a contingency, it’s a required cost

It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the $182 million laptop contract is not what the State Department of Educ… Read more

Otter appears in pro-reform ad

BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is at a crossroads,” the casually dressed governor says in the commercial, which is running statewide, including in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market. “This election year we’re being asked whether we will keep meaningful education reforms on the books or go back to the old way of doing things.” Read more

Hayes: 15,000 Voted So Far

County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced that Friday, November 2, is the last day for in-person absentee voting at the E… Read more

School reform campaign spending sets a record - or does it?

Idaho’s fight over three school-reform ballot measures has set a record for campaign spending on ballot measures i… Read more

Hagadone gave openly to school overhaul campaign, then took it back and gave secretly

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Amid a campaign secrecy dustup, millionaire Idah… Read more

Ad Watch: Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 … Read more

Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. Read more

NYC mayor big donor in Idaho vote

BOISE – A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an Idaho grocery heir and by the billionaire mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. That news surfaced when Education Voters of Idaho, acting under a judge’s order, filed its campaign finance disclosure report on Wednesday afternoon. Bloomberg gave $200,000 to EVI, which financed TV ads across the state backing Idaho Propositions 1, 2 and 3. His donation was eclipsed only by that of Albertsons heir Joseph B. Scott, who gave $250,000. Read more

Ex-official has role in laptop deal

BOISE – A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students. The contract, obtained Tuesday by The Spokesman-Review under the Idaho Public Records Law, includes information about key staffers for the companies that partnered in the successful bid, including Hewlett-Packard, Education Networks of America and Xtreme Consulting. Among them is a familiar name: Garry Lough, Idaho director of customer services for ENA. Read more

Otter: First lady asked NY mayor Bloomberg to donate to Idaho campaign group

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says it wasn’t him who asked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to donate to Idaho’s school-r… Read more