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Eye On Boise Tommy Ahlquist archive

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

Conservative commentator Candace Owens, right, speaks at a press conference in Boise endorsing Tommy Ahlquist for governor of Idaho on Monday, April 30, 2018, along with Charlie Kirk, center, and Ahlquist, left. (The Spokesman-Review / Betsy Z. Russell)

Ahlquist wins endorsement from prominent young Trump backers; link to my full story

Tommy Ahlquist, a GOP candidate for governor of Idaho, was endorsed by two prominent millennial Trump supporters today – Charlie Kirk, who was the millennial director of the Trump campaign, and Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and YouTube star who rails against the Black Lives Matter movement. “We have a disruptor in D.C. – now we need...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

From left, Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, participate in a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls clash in debate, trade jabs

Idaho's top Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, a four-term congressman, pushed his aggressive economic plan to cut nearly a $1 billion of the state's taxes...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2018

Ahlquist campaign decries defeat of disclosure bill

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, issued this statement: “Today's failure by the House State Affairs committee highlights yet again politics as usual and the need to elect a political outsider like Tommy Ahlquist as Governor. Tommy has been championing the...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2018

Ahlquist: $100M promise may not result in Idaho budget cut

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist says his high-profile campaign promise to cut $100 million in 100 days if elected to the position may not result in a reduction of the state budget. Ahlquist first announced his plans to trim $100 million of the state budget last year. During a radio interview with KLIX this week, Ahlquist...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018

Ahlquist campaign rips health care executive order

Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign is disparaging the executive order issued by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little today on health care, suggesting it’s a campaign stunt. Here’s the campaign’s statement, from campaign manager David Johnston: “Sadly, this is just the latest example of Boise’s...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2017

Ahlquist clarifies breaching dams stance after forum

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist's campaign said Friday the Republican businessman has always been against breaching dams along the Snake River despite not stating that position when asked at a recent sportsmen's forum. In an opinion piece published earlier this week, Ahlquist said he would fight to protect Idaho's waters for farmers...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 2017

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

Ahlquist goes after Little, Labrador with 'quiz' website

GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign has put up a new website criticizing rivals Brad Little and Raul Labrador, criticizing both as “professional politicians” who “do the darndest things with your tax dollars.” The site is online at It’s set up as a “quiz,” asking...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2017

Mitt Romney endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho governor

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018. Romney, who will appear with Ahlquist at a campaign rally in Idaho Falls this evening, said in a news release, “Tommy Ahlquist’s unparalleled real-world experience as both a doctor and...

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MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017

County GOP central committee decries one of GOP guv hopefuls 

The same Kootenai County GOP committee that recently condemned Idaho GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo for backing sanctions against Russia has passed a resolution blasting Tommy Ahlquist, one of the three leading GOP candidates for governor in 2018, for having donated to Democrats, and questioning whether he’s really a Republican. According to...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2017

Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments 

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Thursday said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000 each, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican's economic interest disclosure does not include a range of how much each asset is worth...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017

Self-insurance proposal could save Idaho $13M 

According to Mercer — the state's newest actuarial consultant — Idaho taxpayers could save roughly $13 million during the first year of implementing a self-insurance model. Under a such a plan, the state would pay for health insurance for about 45,600 state workers and family members directly rather than purchasing insurance through...

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