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Idaho Gov. Otter faces rivals in final debate

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter defended his cuts to education and his track record as governor Thursday night, as he met four rivals in the final debate before Tuesday’s election.


Minnick, Labrador clash at debate

With the latest independent poll showing Idaho’s 1st District congressional race narrowing to a dead heat, Congressman Walt Minnick and GOP rival Raul Labrador clashed in a debate Thursday on …


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 …


Ross Perot’s grandkids back Labrador

H. Ross Perot III, the grandson of the quirky Texas billionaire who ran for president twice in the 1990s, has made a last-minute campaign contribution to Idaho GOP congressional hopeful …


Idaho schools race draws independent spending

There are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc.


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 …


Minnick, Labrador pile up cash for final stretch

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick had nearly half a million dollars cash left in his campaign warchest heading into the final stretch of the campaign, more than three times as much …


Idaho vote-by-mail initiative dropped

Idaho Vote By Mail has called off its signature-gathering effort to get an initiative on the 2012 ballot giving Idahoans the option of permanently requesting an absentee ballot, saying it …


Idaho Gov. Otter pulls ahead in fundraising

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.


Labrador ad tries to tie Minnick, Pelosi

Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador on Tuesday launched a TV ad trying to portray Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick as a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President …


Allred calls GOP attack ad a ‘distortion’

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 …


Ad Watch: Allred ad targets Otter for school cuts

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.


Otter targets LDS vote with Romney visit

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter brought in former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to stump for him Wednesday in Idaho Falls and Boise, in an effort to pump up support among LDS …


New Minnick ad again hits Labrador on immigration

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday, again faulting the record of his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration.


Idaho teachers rally to replace schools chief

Idaho schoolteachers are coming out in force behind the candidacy of retired Boise school superintendent Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools, against incumbent Supt. Tom Luna. At a rally …


New Allred ad hits Otter on school cuts

With state education cuts high on Idahoans’ minds as children return to school this fall, Gov. Butch Otter’s Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, has launched a new TV ad criticizing Otter …


Minnick goes negative in new ad

Idaho 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick has gone negative, airing a new TV commercial across the district attacking GOP challenger Raul Labrador for his work as an immigration lawyer and …


Older voters mobilize in Idaho

The Idaho AARP is launching a statewide voter-education effort complete with voter guides for every legislative race in the state along with statewide and congressional races, meetings and discussions with …


Otter shifts stand on 17th Amendment repeal

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared during a political debate today that he doesn’t favor repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - though he’s been sharply critical of …


Minnick launches first TV campaign ad of race

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn’t been able to hit the airwaves.


Labrador joins GOP’s ‘Young Guns’ after all

Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador has ended an awkward dance with the National Republican Congressional Committee by agreeing to join its “Young Guns” candidate recruitment program, after refusing earlier.


Obama piggybacks on Minnick bill

Legislation proposed by freshman U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho has been latched onto by the Obama administration, which last week introduced its own bill modeled after Minnick’s. Both bills …


GOP hires two staffers for Labrador

BOISE – The Idaho Republican Party is hiring two full-time staff members to campaign on behalf of newly nominated GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador, who’s challenging 1st District Democratic Congressman …


‘Blue dog’ Minnick ready to take on Labrador

BOISE - As the 1st District Congressional race shapes up for November, incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick is launching his re-election campaign. Minnick, a conservative “blue dog” Democrat, faces Republican Raul …


Election shakes status quo for Idaho GOP

BOISE – A primary election has caused havoc in Idaho’s Republican Party, with everything from tea party activism to social media hijinks contributing to such surprising results as the defeat …


Primary shakes up Idaho Republican Party

A low-turnout primary election has caused havoc in Idaho’s Republican Party, with everything from Tea Party activism to social media hijinks contributing to such surprising results as the defeat of …


Labrador leads Ward in Republican primary

A contentious race for the GOP nomination for North Idaho’s seat in Congress went down to the wire Tuesday night, as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with …