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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

SuperPAC alters anti-Minnick ad

SuperPAC for America has revised its "Idaho Voter Guide" ad, removing a false claim that Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick voted for the federal stimulus bill; Minnick was one of 11 House Democrats who voted against the bill. In the new version, that part of the...

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Weekly: 'The campaign that wasn't'

The Boise Weekly sent reporters out to the various corners of the state in recent weeks to "deconstruct the race for governor," and came up with this rather interesting report, "The Campaign That Wasn't." It includes reports from the Panhandle, North-Central Idaho, Southwest Idaho, Central...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010


IACI hits Allred again, with another $24K

The Idaho Prosperity Fund, operated by IACI, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, has filed another independent expenditure report showing that it made a $24,275 independent expenditure today against Keith Allred, all paid to ORRA SGS of Orlando, Fla. for printing, postage and advertising...

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Ad Watch: Latest Otter ad

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Gov. Butch Otter's latest campaign ad, which touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund that Otter helped establish, but doesn't mention that no new students have been able to apply for the scholarship for the past two...

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Dems fund poll for Allred 

The Idaho Democratic Party has filed an independent expenditure report showing that it spent $50,000 on polling yesterday on behalf of Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor. Coincidentally, that was a day before the independent Idaho Newspapers Poll came out today, showing GOP Gov....

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Faith, politics and Mitt Romney... 

AP reporter John Miller takes a look today at how Mormonism and politics have merged in two western campaigns, Idaho's gubernatorial race and Nevada's Senate race, and the glimpses it provides into scrutiny Mitt Romney could face in a 2012 run for president. "Americans like...

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KTVB pulls SuperPAC ad

At least one Idaho TV station, KTVB-TV in Boise, has decided to pull the SuperPAC for America ad against Walt Minnick that contains a false claim. "It is a non-candidate sponsored commercial, and we just reviewed the facts," said Doug Armstrong, KTVB general manager. "It...

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And a 'superPAC' is... 

Here's an interesting tidbit about SuperPAC for America, the national group headed by Dick Morris that's running a false ad in Idaho targeting Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick: Opensecrets.org reported yesterday that the group was the single top outside spender in the nation that day, spending...

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Minnick campaign: False SuperPAC ad 'outrageous'

Congressman Walt Minnick's re-election campaign is calling a new anti-Minnick ad from a national group headed by GOP strategist Dick Morris "outrageous" for falsely claiming Minnick voted in favor of the stimulus bill. "What's outrageous is the actual vote they cite says he voted no,"...

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010


Ross Perot's grandkids backing Labrador 

H. Ross Perot III, the grandson of the quirky Texas billionaire who ran for president twice in the 1990s, has made a last-minute campaign contribution to Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, and so have three of his family members. "Good, solid conservatives, the Perots,"...

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Kempthorne endorses Labrador 

Former Idaho governor, U.S. senator and secretary of the interior Dirk Kempthorne today endorsed Raul Labrador for Congress, saying, "The people of Idaho have been well-served by their Republican team of elected officials" and saying Labrador will be "a fine addition to that successful team."...

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The state's highest-ranking wedding crasher? 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter accidentally became the state's highest ranking wedding crasher during a campaign stop. The state's chief executive entered a room in the Jerome Public Library in southern Idaho with...

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Republican Gov. Butch Otter, left, and Democrat Keith Allred attend a luncheon in September.  (Shawn Raecke)

Profile: The race for governor 

Butch Otter’s long-awaited turn as Idaho’s governor – he first ran for the post in 1978 and served as lieutenant governor for 14 years – hasn’t turned out quite the way he planned. He promised improvements to education, a business-friendly climate, and a restructured, more-efficient...

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Raul Labrador, left, and Walt Minnick, right, smile before they debate on Idaho Public TV on Oct. 14. (Betsy Russell)

Profile: The 1st CD race

Freshman congressman Walt Minnick is a new kind of Idaho Democrat – one who votes more often with Republicans than with his own party, one who attracts business support that usually goes to GOP candidates, and one who crusades against earmarks, refusing to request any...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010

Schools race draws independent spending 

You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on how there are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc. The company launched a TV ad...

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Palin endorses Otter for re-election 

Sarah Palin today endorsed Gov. Butch Otter's re-election bid, calling him "a voice for commonsense conservatism." She made the endorsement on her blog and Facebook; you can read the Otter campaign's full announcement here. "I am honored and humbled to receive Gov. Palin's endorsement," Otter...

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