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Allred wants to retain state control of wolves

BOISE – Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, announced Thursday that he opposes Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to pull Idaho out of wolf management, and that if elected, he’d reverse it. “We should be expanding state control, not giving it away to the federal government,” Allred said. “If we want wolves delisted, we need to stay in the game.”

Ad blames Otter for Idaho’s woes

BOISE – A new commercial from Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for Idaho governor, blames GOP Gov. Butch Otter for the state of Idaho’s economy, saying Otter “focused on helping special-interest cronies instead of creating jobs.” Allred cites a big decline in the rate of personal income growth in Idaho since Otter took office, compared with surrounding states, along with a drop-off from 2006 to 2008 in the growth rate for the state’s gross domestic product.

Otter debates two challengers

CALDWELL, Idaho – Cuts to dental programs for the poor became a surprise flashpoint of Wednesday evening’s debate between Republican Gov. Butch Otter and Democrat Keith Allred, as they went tooth to tooth over austerity measures aimed at saving Idaho money. About 150 dentists have been cut from a program that provides dental services to Medicaid recipients.

Governor, Allred spending heavily on ads

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday reported raising $752,000 in campaign funds in the past four months, while his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, raised $372,500. With both candidates spending heavily on advertising as the campaign season hits its peak, Otter reported $211,634 in cash on hand at the close of the period on Sept. 30, while Allred reported $102,072.

Idaho governor’s race

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is seeking a second term in office at a time when the state is facing historic budget cuts and high unemployment, and after he’s failed twice to push through his major legislative initiative, to increase funding for the state’s roads and bridges.

GOP ad targeting Allred on taxes

BOISE – The Idaho Republican Party has launched an attack ad against Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, charging that he’d tax everything from child care to church bake sales, a claim Allred dubs a “wild distortion.” Norm Semanko, Idaho Republican Party chairman, said the new TV commercial, which is running statewide including in the Spokane TV market, is based on Allred’s statement at a debate in Twin Falls that everything is on the table when it comes to reviewing existing tax exemptions.

Allred takes Otter to task on school cuts

BOISE – Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is going after incumbent Butch Otter with a new TV commercial targeting Otter for this year’s school funding cuts. It’s the same theme Allred hit in his previous ad; Idaho cut school funding an unprecedented 7.5 percent this year.

Gubernatorial rivals Otter, Allred play up their ranching roots

BOISE – They have castrated thousands of calves. They spend free time riding the range on horseback or hunting with shotguns slung over their shoulders. Cowboy hats, oversized belt buckles and scuffed-up boots are standard attire. Meet the candidates for Idaho governor – two champion horsemen who seem to be running as much for cowboy-in-chief as they are for the state’s top political office.