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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Ysursa: ‘We do think this will send a message’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says Education Voters of Idaho has now complied with the state’s Sunshine Law,… Read more

EVI leaders: ‘We are proud of our donors’

John Foster and Debbie Field of Education Voters for Idaho submitted a letter to Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysur… Read more

Albertson Foundation: ‘It wasn’t us’

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has released this statement: “The donation made by Joe B. Scott to the E… Read more

New York mayor’s office doesn’t know why Bloomberg gave, and they’re ‘wall to wall’ with storm

Asked why the mayor of New York donated $200,000 to an Idaho school reform ballot measure campaign, a spokesman fo… Read more

Link to the full reports…

Here’s a link to the full campaign finance reports filed this afternoon by Education Voters of Idaho, which show t… Read more

NY mayor among secret donors to Idaho school campaign

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. Read more

Mayor of New York among big givers to Idaho secret-donors school reform campaign

Education Voters of Idaho, acting under a judge’s order, filed its campaign finance disclosure report this afterno… Read more

Awaiting the big reveal…

Idaho political watchers are awaiting the big reveal today - when a secretive group, under a court order, reveals … Read more

Former Idaho official would play key role under laptop contract

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. Read more

Campaign finance reports show VanderSloot, union up ante in ed overhaul fight

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Eastern Idaho Republican businessman Frank Vande… Read more

Former state official would play key role under laptop contract

The state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students includes information a… Read more

Expert on laptop contract: ‘A really complex deal’

I spoke last night with Leslie Fiering, research vice president for Gartner Inc., a leading market research and ad… Read more

Idaho liable for damaged, lost laptops under contract

BOISE – Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature – the state won’t actually own the computers, and if they’re lost, damaged or stolen, it’ll have to pay HP for them. The contract price is $292.77 per year per laptop, with each unit on a four-year replacement schedule. Over the four years, the state would pay $1,171 per unit. Read more

$182M laptop contract is just for rental, not purchase

Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high s… Read more

Idaho’s $182M laptop contract just for rental, not purchase

Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature: The state won’t actually own the computers, and if they’re lost, damaged or stolen, it’ll have to pay H-P for them. Read more

Secret-donations group apparently giving in, will disclose donors tomorrow

Education Voters of Idaho, the group that’s been fighting to keep secret its contributors who financed a statewide… Read more

Contract: State must pay if laptops are damaged, lost or stolen

Here’s a surprising feature of the state’s new $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard for laptop c… Read more

What the contract says…

I’m still awaiting answers from the State Department of Education to a series of questions I had after reviewing t… Read more

The $180 million-plus laptop contract…

Here it is - the $181,935,125 eight-year contract that the state of Idaho has signed with Hewlett-Packard Co. to s… Read more

The ‘selective enforcement’ argument…

Among the unsuccessful defenses that the secretive “Education Voters of Idaho” offered yesterday in court for its … Read more

School ads group can’t hide

BOISE – A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a 4th District judge ruled Monday afternoon. Judge Mike Wetherell ordered Education Voters of Idaho to disclose its donors by 3 p.m. on Halloween. Read more

Judge on secret donations: ‘Idaho’s law is clear and unambiguous’

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s court decision upholding Idaho’s Sunshine Law and order… Read more

Judge orders Idaho group to disclose secret donors

A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a 4th District judge ruled this afternoon. Read more

Judge orders EVI to disclose donors

Fourth District Judge Mike Wetherell has ruled in favor of the state of Idaho in its lawsuit seeking disclosure of… Read more

Ad Watch: Latest ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers

The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of … Read more

Ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers

The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of the measures to suggest they hamper teachers in doing their jobs. “We want to give your children the best education - but the Luna laws make that harder,” says the ad, which is airing statewide, including in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market. Read more

Secret-donations arguments: ‘The court’s opportunity to let that sun shine’

4th District Judge Mike Wetherell, after taking close to an hour of arguments from both sides in the secret-donati… Read more

Simpson, LeFavour face off in debate

2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, debated on live TV l… Read more

Lawmakers spar over laptop contract costs

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The eight-year, $180 million pact with Hewlett-P… Read more

Pro-Proposition 1, 2, 3 ad uses Romney anti-teachers union quote

BOISE – A new TV commercial in Idaho’s school reform fight makes it appear that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in on Idaho’s ballot propositions. The commercial uses a clip from a speech Romney gave in May about a recall election in Wisconsin, part of which was re-broadcast on C-SPAN in June when it interviewed a teachers union official. In the clip, Romney criticizes teachers unions and says they’ve “lost their way” and “protest the loudest” when “anyone dares to offer a new idea.” Read more

Eye on Boise: Labrador admits who’s boss when Cantor visits

BOISE – U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped in Boise last week to raise funds for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s re-election campaign and urge Idahoans to send the freshman Republican back to Washington for another term. “I believe in Raul,” Cantor declared. “He has come in and joined this freshman class and has proven himself an independent thinker.” Read more

Idaho health insurance panel favors state-based exchange

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange working group has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state-based health insurance exchange, calling for a private nonprofit group set up by the state to run it. The recommendation now goes to Otter, who must notify the federal government of which way the state will go by Nov. 16. If the state does nothing, under the Affordable Care Act it will get a federally run health insurance exchange and lose state regulatory control over its health insurance industry. Read more

Labrador, Farris explain views in debate

BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than those to save the life of the mother. The freshman congressman took all three stands during a debate broadcast live Thursday night on Idaho Public Television. His Democratic challenger, Jimmy Farris, differed sharply on the retirement age and abortion, but found common ground with Labrador on trimming military spending. Read more

Labrador: Raise Social Security retirement age to 70

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on last night’s lively debate between Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador… Read more

Labrador: Raise retirement age to 70

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than those to save the life of the mother. Read more