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Governor’s race: two divergent views on education

Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is on a continuing “journey to education excellence.” His Democratic opponent, A.J. Balukoff, called Idaho’s bottom-ranked per-pupil spending “downright shameful.” Gov. Butch Otter That’s the split that was underscored Thursday. In a guest opinion sent to

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Balukoff: State Board record-shredding may have broken law

Gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff ripped Gov. Butch Otter on Monday — for shredding documents. Balukoff, a Democrat, said an Otter aide may have violated state law by destroying paperwork from 22 candidates for the State Board of Education. A.J. Balukoff

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Poll: Otter holds 14-point advantage; Risch up 25 points

Incumbent Gov. Butch Otter holds a 14-point lead in a poll conducted last week by Rasmussen Reports, a conservative-leaning polling company. The Republican Otter had 50 percent backing in the poll of 750 likely Idaho voters, according to survey results

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Idaho’s Balukoff: So manly he wears uninsulated fishing waders duck hunting

Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s snubbing of the NRA’s candidate questionnaire has generated the heaviest response of any issue since he announced his bid for governor in December, says campaign spokesman Mike Lanza. Balukoff’s April 10 Facebook post has generated about 500

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Fulcher and Otter differ on repeal of 17th Amendment (w/ video)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than

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Russ Fulcher’s Common Core challenge

Russ Fulcher says he changed his mind about Common Core for a simple reason: “It didn’t come as advertised.” Fulcher said he thought the math and English language arts standards would etch local control into Idaho education. But he now

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Balukoff staffer yanked from Otter K-12 task force

A member of Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force has been excluded from the group’s followup work — because he is now working for one of Otter’s election-year opponents. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza — a paid member of Democratic gubernatorial

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As shocked as Claude Rains in Casablanca: Otter to announce re-election bid

Gov. Butch Otter, who submitted a 142-page campaign finance report in January and on March 3 filed to appear on the ballot for a third term, “will officially announce his re-election campaign with a tour across the state” Wednesday, according

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Balukoff: Romney visit proof Otter has ‘completely lost touch’ with ‘real Idahoans’

Democrat A.J. Balukoff says Mitt Romney’s Boise campaign stop on behalf of GOP Gov. Butch Otter shows the two-term governor isn’t mindful of Idaho’s economic woes, including its rank as the state with the highest proportion of minimum-wage workers. “There are

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Students Come First opponent joins Balukoff campaign

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff added a familiar name to his campaign team Friday: the founder of the group that spearheaded the campaign to vote down Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza, co-founder of Idaho Parents and

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