Election Central

Otter, Little soliciting St. Paddy’s Day pot-o-gold for Mike Simpson

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little are seeking $250 sponsors for a St. Patrick’s Day “Bring the Green” fundraiser for 2nd District Republican Congressman Mike Simpson.

In a fundraising letter addressed to “Dear Friends,” Otter and Little, write, “We hope you will help ‘Bring the Green,’ by joining us for the event and by being a generous sponsor. We look forward to seeing you there!”

General tickets are $20 for the event at Beside Bardenay in Downtown Boise, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Sponsors contributing $250 will have their name added to the general invitation and get two tickets, write Otter and Little.

Simpson, seeking his ninth term, is challenged by Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith.

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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