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Keith Allred to run against Idaho Gov. Otter

A respected non-partisan citizen activist, former Harvard professor and trained mediator stunned Idaho’s political establishment Thursday by filing to run against GOP Gov. Butch Otter as a Democrat.


Tough cuts ahead, Otter warns

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter says it’s time to slash Idaho’s government back to what it was five years ago – because the state’s tax revenue has declined to the …


Otter has surgery on shoulder

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter plans to spend several days at home recovering from surgery to repair an injury to his left shoulder suffered recently while clearing brush on his …


Grocery tax credit hike may be held

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter would consider delaying a scheduled increase in the state’s grocery tax credit, possibly saving the state from another $15 million-plus in budget cuts next …


Mussels program draws mixed reviews in first year

State recreation officials say they have raised more than $776,000 this year from a program to raise money for boat inspections and keeping a pair of invasive mussels out of …


Idaho gov tells agencies to prepare for new cuts

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has given state agency directors until the end of next week to draft plans to cut millions from their spending as state tax revenue continues to …


Idaho faces new shortfall

BOISE – Idaho is facing a $151 million tax revenue shortfall in the current budget year, according to a new forecast, and state leaders will have to decide whether to …


Editorial: Rammell’s reaction a bad omen of leadership

At least Rex Rammell isn’t one of those equivocating public figures who explain their gaffes with wishy-washy nonapologies that evade blame by fixing it on anyone misguided enough to take …


Some of Idaho’s state employees get raises

More than 800 state employees were given raises this year. That’s about 3 percent of the 25,000 people on the state payroll system. Another 69 have been laid off, 186 …


Hunting license remark assailed

BOISE – Top Idaho Republicans – Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt – all condemned fellow …


Otter says he’ll seek re-election

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll run again in 2010. The Republican told KPVI-TV of Pocatello that “I fully intend to run again” – before adding he’s waiting for …


Otter says he’ll run for re-election in 2010

BOISE — Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll run again for Idaho governor in 2010.


Clock ticks in Idaho’s race for governor

BOISE – Idaho has a half dozen lesser-known candidates out stumping for governor, but no word yet from the two major parties – including that of Gov. Butch Otter – …


Major parties mum in Idaho governor’s race

BOISE – Idaho has a half dozen lesser-known candidates out stumping for governor, but no word yet from the two major parties – including that of incumbent Gov. Butch Otter …


Otter defends public land transactions

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke out Tuesday against limiting public information about state land transfers, saying he wants “total and complete transparency.” The governor’s comments came after a …


Soldier’s Idaho town kept mum on Taliban capture

Shortly after the first report two weeks ago that a U.S. soldier had been captured in Afghanistan, a small circle of people in this central Idaho town found out it …


Otter creates group to fix roads funding

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more roads funding Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report back in December …


Stimulus details came too late, Otter says

Three state governors agreed Monday that they had hoped more federal stimulus dollars would be devoted to infrastructure projects because of the challenge of finding one-time projects that create jobs …


Butch Otter: Evolution of a Libertarian

BOISE – When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was a legislator back in the ’70s, he was precisely the sort of outspoken, no-new-taxes, shrink-government conservative as those in the House who …


Otter gets earful for sipping Spokane-roasted brew

BOISE – In a buy-local brew-ha-ha percolating in Boise, a southwestern Idaho coffee roaster is steamed at Gov. Butch Otter for sipping out-of-state java. David Ledgard, who owns Dawson Taylor …


Otter vetoes more bills

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed 25 bills on Tuesday, after his own party in the House overwhelmingly killed his transportation plan. House members followed up the bill’s 55-15 …


Otter pushes for road funds

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter vetoed 10 bills Monday, jolting state lawmakers into action on his transportation initiative 99 days into the legislative session. Six hours after he wielded his …


Our View: Idaho’s lack of disclosure sends wrong message

The Idaho Legislature looked like it would finally overcome perennial opposition to personal financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers, but House Speaker Lawerence Denney has decided to sit on the bill. …


Otter plan steers money to roads, not schools

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to boost road spending three different ways but cut education sent Idaho lawmakers reeling Thursday, with some saying the governor’s right and others calling …


Gray wolves de-listed in Idaho, Montana

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he is upholding a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, including in Idaho and Montana, …


Strapped family seeks stimulus slice

BOISE – Sitting in her wheelchair in her three-bedroom, one-bath 1915 home in south-central Idaho, Melody Russell admits she’s not a bank. She’s not a carmaker or an insurance firm …


Idaho stimulus requests: They want how much for what?

BOISE - A geothermal outfit wants $225 million for well-drilling. Micron wants $100 million for a project. One Idaho woman wants $34,000 to pay off credit cards. All are among …


In brief: Ethanol exemption bill clears committee

The first two bills in Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s six-bill transportation funding package came up for hearings in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, and while one passed unanimously, the …


Otter names stimulus panel

Gov. Butch Otter named eight people, including three former governors and five current lobbyists, to a panel that will review proposals from Idaho agencies and companies wanting a share of …


Otter seeks tax increases for roads

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority – fixing …