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Idaho GOP candidates face off in sole gubernatorial debate

BOISE – Four candidates vying for the Idaho GOP gubernatorial nomination faced off Wednesday evening in their only scheduled debate, tackling the economy, state control of federal lands and the Affordable Care Act. Two-term Gov. Butch Otter is challenged by state Sen. Russ Fulcher, Walt Bayes and Harley Brown.

Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher fight for GOP vote in Idaho’s governor’s race

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has built a long political career on disdain for the federal government, stirring talk of freedom and encouraging Idahoans to be the “architects of our own destiny.” So the 72-year-old, a millionaire rancher who ran for Congress a decade and a half ago on a pledge to tell the feds to “butt out” of the state, seems a bit puzzled about his GOP primary challenge by a state Senate leader who maintains Otter is not conservative enough.

Raul Labrador backs Russ Fulcher for Idaho governor

BOISE – Saying Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has “lost his way,” fellow Republican and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador endorsed the governor’s opponent, Russ Fulcher, on Monday. “Butch Otter has done a lot of things to admire in office,” Labrador said at a Statehouse news conference with Fulcher. “But after 40 years in government, he has lost his way. … Idahoans are looking for leaders with political courage and fresh ideas, and Russ Fulcher has both.”

Idaho governor hopeful Fulcher launches ad campaign

BOISE – With just three weeks left before Idaho’s primary election, GOP gubernatorial challenger Russ Fulcher has launched his first statewide campaign commercial and posted billboards around the state. Incumbent Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t, but plans to hit the airwaves between now and the primary, said Jayson Ronk, Otter’s campaign manager.

Idaho senators vote to keep concealed weapon privileges

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers will keep their concealed-gun privileges, after senators on Monday killed legislation that would have repealed the special exemption. In Idaho, elected officials may carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Idaho lawmakers to keep special gun privileges

Idaho senators today killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials – including state lawmakers – to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Among the leading advocates of killing the House-passed bill was Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is running for governor.

Eye on Boise: Lawmakers name stand-ins while campaigning

Two legislators who are running for statewide office missed most or all of the past week of lawmaking, appointing subs to serve for them while they campaigned. Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, who is running for secretary of state, named Howard Rynearson, of Payette, who is running for Denney’s seat, as a substitute for him in the House through Monday.

Eye on Boise: Fulcher decries Otter’s wolf control fund

BOISE – Sen. Russ Fulcher is ripping Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a new $2 million wolf control fund. “I don’t know what we need to spend $2 million for,” Fulcher said on a Boise talk radio show this past week, after Otter announced the new fund in his State of the State message. Fulcher, who is challenging Otter in the GOP primary, said Otter’s plan would “create another bureaucracy in order to manage this.” Otter’s proposed state budget for next year calls for spending $2 million in state general funds to start up the new fund, and then adding contributions each year of $110,000 from hunting license fees and the livestock industry to sustain the fund. “This three-pronged approach will provide the revenue needed to more effectively control Idaho’s burgeoning wolf population and ease the impact on our livestock and wildlife,” Otter said to applause.