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A.J. Balukoff endorses Paulette Jordan for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, the longtime Boise school board member and businessman who lost the Idaho Democratic primary for governor this year to Paulette Jordan, has issued a formal endorsement of Jordan …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 12:31 a.m.

It’s Paulette Jordan vs. Brad Little for Idaho governor

Paulette Jordan, a two-term state representative and former Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council member, pulled off an upset win in Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday over the party’s 2014 nominee, Boise …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives, but not her fellow Idaho lawmakers

Twelve of the 16 Democratic state lawmakers who served with former Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, have endorsed her opponent, A.J. Balukoff, in the Democratic primary for governor, and the other …


Democratic governor candidates talk wage gap in final debate

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan labeled her Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff as out of touch in their second and final televised debate on Tuesday.


Idahoans face big decisions in governor’s race on May 15

The stakes are huge – an open seat for governor of Idaho for the first time in 12 years. The competition is hot in both parties, with seven Republicans and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Democratic rivals for Idaho governor agree on much; clash over marijuana, campaign endorsements

Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Sunday spent most of their first televised debate in overall agreement when discussing the state’s biggest issues surrounding education, health care and taxes.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Idaho governor hopefuls go on the attack as May 15 primary nears

Candidates for governor of Idaho have been filling the airwaves with campaign commercials, and as the May 15 Idaho primary election approaches, many have gone on the attack.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Balukoff launches campaign, as Idaho faces contested primaries for governor in both parties

Businessman and longtime Boise school board president A.J. Balukoff launched his second run for governor of Idaho on Wednesday with an announcement in Pocatello, to be followed by stops in …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Balukoff, first major Dem, enters 2018 race for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, who ran as the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter in 2014, filed his paperwork Thursday to begin fundraising for another run for governor of Idaho in 2018.


Balukoff considers running again for Idaho governor

Boise businessman and school board member Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Balukoff said Thursday he’s considering running as a Democrat for governor in 2018.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 7:26 a.m.

Otter retains office; Ybarra holds slim lead

BOISE – Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools …


Eye on Boise: Decline in voting has Idaho secretary of state ‘troubled’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting a 58 percent turnout in Tuesday’s general election – that’s 58 percent of registered voters, and is equal to roughly 39 to …


Sparks fly at Idaho gubernatorial debate

BOISE – Idaho’s final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet in the race for the state’s top office. Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian …


Huckleberries: GOP slate has him looking elsewhere

David Bond, whose father, Dick, was a longtime legislator from Washington’s 6th District, is one of many Idaho Republicans turned off by the current crop of GOP state and county …


Otter ad rebuts Balukoff’s CCA claims

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and defending Otter’s handling of a private-prison scandal. It’s the first …


Balukoff targets Otter connections to prison scandal in ad

BOISE – The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal …


Betsy Russell: Bujak says he’d consider a future switch to GOP

John Bujak, the Libertarian candidate for governor, says if he’s elected and then runs for a second term, “I will likely run for a second term as a Republican, and …


Otter won’t desert gay-marriage fight, takes on challengers during election debate

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced during a political debate Tuesday night that he plans to continue fighting same-sex marriage – though he issued a statement earlier in the …


Eye on Boise: GOP’s Evans backs Balukoff, crossing over for education

Former GOP state schools Superintendent Jerry Evans has endorsed Democrat A.J. Balukoff for governor of Idaho, over two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “We simply cannot afford four more years of …


Idaho gubernatorial candidates square off on economy, education

Education and the economy were hot topics during Friday’s debate between Gov. Butch Otter and his Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff. Balukoff attacked the two-term Republican governor’s record on school achievement …


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 …


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 …


Idaho GOP charges against Balukoff, Democratic Party fizzle

BOISE – Charges flew – then fizzled – over the weekend as the Idaho Republican Party claimed that the Idaho Democratic Party and Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff were …


Libertarian Bujak’s candidacy could be trouble for Otter

BOISE – A disillusioned former Republican with an unusual story could affect the Idaho governor’s race this year. If Libertarian candidate John Bujak succeeds in his bid to appeal to …


Idaho business group lashes Otter challenger in ad

BOISE – The harshest political ad on the air in Idaho’s governor’s race goes after Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, branding him a “liberal” and attempting to tie him to President …


Balukoff campaign airing second TV ad

BOISE – The newest TV ad to surface in Idaho’s gubernatorial campaign this year is a second one from Democrat A.J. Balukoff, themed around the historic Oregon Trail wagon ruts …


Eye on Boise: Business group launches campaign against Balukoff

The race for governor lurched into high gear last week, as the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents the state’s largest businesses, launched an independent …


Otter: Idaho won’t help with immigration crisis on Mexico border

BOISE – Idaho is off-limits to any plans to ease the growing humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared Wednesday in a letter to federal officials. …


Eye on Boise: NRA’s loaded questions have pre-targeted answers

BOISE – A.J. Balukoff, a Democratic candidate for governor, is refusing to fill out a National Rifle Association candidate questionnaire, saying it’s “biased and loaded with leading questions that do …


Eye on Boise: Democratic ticket pleases ex-governor

BOISE – Former longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus was looking pleased, despite the chilly weather, as he gathered with a crowd of about 80 last week to cheer the launch …