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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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What’s the story behind those destroyed State Board applications?

This week, Gov. Butch Otter’s office released paperwork on some — but not all — of the Idahoans who applied for two vacant spots on the State Board of Education. The rest of the applications no longer exist, according to the governor’s

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Documents shed some light on some State Board applicants

Newly appointed State Board of Education member David Hill of Boise pointed up his resume with federal energy labs — and his involvement in higher education issues in Idaho. Meanwhile, fellow appointee Debbie Critchfield of Oakley touted her work with

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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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Playing hardball: Otter backs challenger to Sen. Pearce in another center-right showdown

In a rare move, Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed first-time candidate Abby Lee over Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce, an eight-term GOP lawmaker from New Plymouth. Pearce is backing Sen. Russ Fulcher’s challenge to Otter. The endorsement

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As Otter and Peterson feud, Mike Duff eyeing Idaho GOP chairmanship

Blackfoot sheep-breeder Mike Duff says he may be able to settle a row between two cowboys — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson — by running to replace Peterson after the May 20 primary. “I am

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Fulcher releases first TV ad, solicits help to buy time (w/ video)

Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Sen. Russ Fulcher released his inaugural TV ad this week and says he needs money to air the spots. So far, the ad is running on Boise-area stations and statewide on cable TV. In an email

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New Republican Liberty Caucus endorses Fulcher, other challengers

A libertarian group operating within the Idaho Republican Party is making its first endorsements in a slate led by Sen. Russ Fulcher in his challenge to two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho also backs challengers

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In shift, U of I to pay full cost of Otter poll on transportation needs, funding

Concerns about the credibility of a poll funded by the trucking and construction industries that would benefit from new spending on roads and bridges prompted the University of Idaho to take over the entire expense of a survey sought by

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