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Today’s fun video: ID gov debate

 

There are about as many differences between Washington and Idaho politics as there are differences between the two states. 

 As this video demonstrates, Idaho gubernatorial debates are quite a bit more entertaining, as dark horse candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes join Gov. Butch Otter and his main Republican opponent Russ Fulcher on stage for a debate. 

This is not to say Washington doesn't have its own stable of unusual folks who run for office. Mike The Mover and GoodSpaceGuy have jumped into congressional races. But they don't often wind up in a debate broadcast around the state on public television.

Brown and Bayes, who were invited at the insistence of Otter, kind of steal the show at various times.

Kudos to colleague Betsey Russell, The Spokesman-Review's Boise bureau chief, who is on the panel and handles this all with great aplomb.

National political blogs -- which normally pay as much attention to Idaho as they do to Liechtenstein, are agog with the debate. 

The fill video lasts about an hour, but for highlights, try Buzz Feed's 9 Reasons Why The Idaho Gubernatorial Debate Was the Most Important Political Event of the Year.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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