Election Central

Fulcher at legislative forum in Kuna Friday, amidst gubernatorial listening tour

Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, is on the second day of a two-week listening tour Tuesday, weighing the prospects of challenging two-term Republican Gov. Butch Otter in the May 2014 primary.

Fulcher has scheduled stops in Burley, Twin Falls, Gooding and Mountain Home today. He was in Idaho Falls, Rigby, Rexburg, Blackfoot and Pocatello on Monday.

Fulcher hasn’t yet published his schedule for the balance of his statewide soundings, but Treasure Valley residents can spend part of their Friday night with Fulcher and his other District 22 GOP colleagues, House GOP Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude and Rep. Jason Monk.

The public is invited to a forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Kuna Grange Hall, sponsored by the Kuna Grange, 189 Linder Road. The forum is focused on issues for the 2014 legislative session, including, “educational funding, taxes, management of state lands, private or state management of prisons, (and) highway funding, including new funding options.”

As the No. 4 GOP leader in the Senate, Fulcher has acknowledged that the 2014 session will be complicated, now that he has said he’d like to replace Otter. He told me last week: “No question about it because, when you go public, OK, it’s going to be a tad awkward going into the next session. I’m not naive about that.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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