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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Ad watch: Nicaraguan visits 30 years ago continue to fuel misleading ads against Congress challenger Lisa Brown

Radio ads tie Brown to the Sandinistas, a group that seized power in the Central American country in 1979. They draw from a 1990 article written about Brown’s time in …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


Eye on Boise: Record suggests Risch could surprise

What might Idaho Sen. Jim Risch be like as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress? Jim Weatherby, BSU professor emeritus and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

AdWatch: Idaho governor candidate makes big promise to cut ‘wasteful’ state budget

Tommy Ahlquist, one of the GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, launched a new TV ad on Wednesday promising to cut $100 million from the state budget in …


Eye on Boise: It’s already Ad-Watch time in 2018 Idaho governor race

It’s pretty much unheard-of for statewide TV ads in an Idaho governor’s race to begin airing more than a year before the primary election, but that’s what’s happening.


AdWatch: Crapo’s final ad tries to stir voters to turn out

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has launched his final campaign commercial of the season, focusing on stirring images and broad themes to stress the importance of the upcoming election.


AdWatch: Piotrowski takes Idaho Rep. Labrador to task on everything from votes to two paid cars

James Piotrowski, the Democratic challenger to 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, is airing a hard-hitting new TV ad that takes Labrador to task on everything from his voting record …


Eye on Boise: McAlister outraises Scott in N. Idaho race

The latest campaign finance reports from the race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister of Sandpoint show McAlister out-raising the outspoken first-term incumbent. McAlister, president of …


Ad Watch: Crapo, Sturgill launch new campaign ads on night of presidential debate

As a record TV audience tuned in for the first presidential debate this week, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Jerry Sturgill, both launched new TV campaign commercials.


Ad Watch: Crapo’s federal-debt ad is first of campaign season in Idaho

“This is Idaho,” proclaims Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s new political campaign commercial, as it touts his advocacy for balancing the federal budget and reining in the national debt. The ad …


Otter ad rebuts Balukoff’s CCA claims

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and defending Otter’s handling of a private-prison scandal. It’s the first …


Balukoff targets Otter connections to prison scandal in ad

BOISE – The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal …


GOP governors group buys Balukoff attack ads

BOISE – The Republican Governors Association launched an attack ad in Idaho on Wednesday against A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, decrying him as “a typical politician” and “wrong …


Boise teachers tout Democrat Balukoff’s impact on Boise school board

BOISE – The latest TV commercial in Idaho’s governor’s race comes from Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and features a Boise teacher talking about his record as leader of the Boise …


Campaign ad attributes Idaho’s recovering economy to Otter

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign commercial features a real estate broker crediting the GOP governor with turning around the state’s economy and looking out for “all industries.” …


Otter campaign ad’s rosy outlook chooses stats carefully

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s new campaign commercial claims the state’s economy is “on a roll” thanks to his leadership, citing several measures. But overall, Idaho’s economy, while growing, …


Idaho business group lashes Otter challenger in ad

BOISE – The harshest political ad on the air in Idaho’s governor’s race goes after Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, branding him a “liberal” and attempting to tie him to President …


Balukoff campaign airing second TV ad

BOISE – The newest TV ad to surface in Idaho’s gubernatorial campaign this year is a second one from Democrat A.J. Balukoff, themed around the historic Oregon Trail wagon ruts …


GOP governor candidates in Idaho air ads focused on health care act

BOISE – Both Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and his Republican challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, have launched new TV commercials in the final days leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, …


Gov. Butch Otter launches TV campaign commercial

BOISE – About a week out from the primary election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched his first TV campaign commercial, showing him in a cowboy hat, riding a horse, …


Otter appears in pro-reform ad

BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …


Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message.


Ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers

The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of the measures to suggest they hamper teachers in doing their jobs. “We want …


Pro-Proposition 1, 2, 3 ad uses Romney anti-teachers union quote

BOISE – A new TV commercial in Idaho’s school reform fight makes it appear that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in on Idaho’s ballot propositions. The commercial uses …


Numbers correct, cause unclear in ad opposing Idaho Props 1, 2 and 3

BOISE – The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of Idaho’s school reform propositions focuses on the number of Idaho teachers who have left the profession since the laws passed …


Ad Watch: Minnick says Labrador helped alien flee charges

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has come out with another hard-hitting new campaign ad about GOP rival Raul Labrador, this one focusing on a federal drug case involving an illegal immigrant …


Ad Watch: Minnick hits Labrador on vets plate bill

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched a new TV ad that repeats his earlier criticisms of GOP rival Raul Labrador, plus adds a new one: That Labrador “dishonored Idaho’s veterans …


Ad Watch: Idaho guv touts scholarship despite cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign ad touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which he says helps Idaho students in the current “tough economic times,” but doesn’t mention that no new …


Ad Watch: Anti-Minnick ad makes false claim

A new independent ad against Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick that’s airing in Idaho makes a false claim that Minnick voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the …


Ad Watch: Allred blames Otter for economy

A new campaign commercial from Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, blames GOP Gov. Butch Otter for the state of Idaho’s economy, saying Otter “focused on helping …