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A misleading claim, an overstatement, and the campaign season is on…

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's first campaign commercial for his re-election bid contains a misleading claim, while that of his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, includes an overstatement. But both TV spots, unveiled as Labor Day marks the start of the thick of the campaign season in Idaho, begin to delineate the candidates, from the incumbent who strongly defends his state budget cuts as a victory in shrinking government to the challenger who draws himself as an Idaho everyman who's not beholden to "special interests." You can read my full story here at, examining the claims in the two ads.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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