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Labrador Won’t Endorse Simpson

Though they deny it, the breach between Idaho's only two members of the U.S. House of Representatives might be widening. Rep. Raul Labrador says he won't observe the longstanding custom of endorsing fellow Republican Rep. Mike Simpson over primary foe Bryan Smith. Smith is courting the GOP's right wing, where Labrador is popular. Neither will Labrador say whether he considers Simpson a conservative. “You know,” Labrador said Wednesday, “I said I wouldn't speak about the race.” Simpson, however, says he will back Labrador over primary challenger Michael Greenway. “Well, let me just say I'm supporting Raul,” Simpson said Wednesday/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you consider this bad/good form on Labrador's part?


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Idaho Paper Backs Mitt, Slams Others

We believe that Mitt Romney is the best choice for Idaho, the best choice for Republicans, and the best option in bringing conservatism back to the White House in the person of the 45th President of the United States. He has listed creating jobs and restoring American competitiveness as his highest priorities, and although implementing those priorities is way easier said than done, at least he has the priorities right. And despite his bungled statements about both the “very rich” and the “very poor,” his clarifying remark — “My energy is going to be devoted to helping middle-income people” — is exactly where the next president’s energy ought to be focused/Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board. More here. (AP photo of Mitt Romney in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday)

Question: Do you agree with the choice of the Twin Falls Times-News for the GOP presidential nomination?

Hamilton: Shouldn’t Toe Union Line

RE: Police, fire billboard touts wannabes (John Bruning & George Sayler)/HucksOnline

Tom Hamilton: To put it in my perspective, I view the responsibility of a Trustee to be primarily advocacy for the taxpayer and the parents. The administration should advocate for the district, the CEA should advocate for the teachers and between all of those groups, our mutual goal is to advocate for the student. I view the role of the city council, public unions and city administrators in much the same light. It is not the role of the city councilman to blindly support the public unions. There should be give and take, negotiation and compromise. That’s why I like Dan. He honestly doesn’t tow anyone’s line…he listens, thinks, discusses and decides…just the way I think it ought to be.

Question: What impact does an endorsement from Coeur d'Alene's rank-and-file police officers & firefighters have?

Brand X: We (Heart) Otter

Otter is a rugged individualist who throws caution to the wind when he bucks broncos yet meticulously manages your hard-earned tax dollars. He’s an entrepreneur, someone with a CEO’s background and mentality and a super salesman’s keen eye and thick skin. He’s fearless in personally recruiting businesses from neighboring states, selling them on Idaho’s lifestyle and business-friendly environment. He’s rock solid in his determination to keep Idaho’s tax structure optimal for businesses not just to survive, but to thrive. He understands that a good education is key to a good job, but he also knows the difference between spending wisely and spending lavishly/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the Coeur d’Alene Press endorsement?

Ex-Repub Super Evans Backs Allred

In a statement entitled “A Difficult Choice,” former longtime Idaho GOP state schools Supt. Jerry Evans today has endorsed Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate, for governor over incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “It came as a disappointing surprise this year when Governor Otter recommended a large cut in public school support,” Evans writes. “We cannot afford another four years like the past four”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you paying more attention to endorsements this year than you usually do?

Ex-Gov. Batt Endorses Raul Labrador

Former GOP Gov. Phil Batt, who backed Vaughn Ward in the primary for 1st District Congress, says he’d intended to keep quiet about his preference in the race. But Batt says Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick’s two TV ads attacking GOP nominee Raul Labrador for his practice of immigration law have prompted him to announce his support for Labrador. Batt also said it is “imperative” that Republicans control the House and impose financial discipline. Batt supplied a written statement to the Idaho Statesman, preferring that route to an announcement by the Labrador campaign/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Betsy Russell photo: Phil Batt with Vaughn Ward earlier this year)

Question: How big is former governor Phil Batt’s endorsement for Labrador?

Statesman Endorses Tom Luna

Incumbent state schools superintendent Tom Luna touts his business background. Challenger Stan Olson is running on his 40-year career in education. The job isn’t so easily pigeonholed. And it is decidedly political. A successful superintendent must be able to navigate a treacherous landscape, during some of the toughest budget times in state history. A successful superintendent must be able to balance the interests of every group that has a stake in our school system — and a stake in the future of 278,000 Idaho students. By both measures, Luna earns our endorsement/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Agree? Disagree? Have you paid attention to this race at all?

County GOP backing Baker, White

The Spokanke County Republican Party endorsed Assessor Ralph Baker and legislative candidate Dave White over the weekend.

Ordinarily, one might think that the county party endorsing an elected GOP official, as Baker is, is something of a gimme. But not always this year. The County GOP is endorsing Dave Stevens over incumbent GOP Prosecutor Steve Tucker, for example.

For White the choice might have been pretty easy. He’s running in the open seat in the 3rd Legislative District, a district that is trends strongly Democratic and has three Democratic candidates.