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Fulcher rips Otter for ducking him, says record is ‘shallow’

Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter is afraid to defend his “shallow record” and limiting give-and-take to a single debate on Idaho Public Television May 14. Speaking to about 100 people at an Ada County Republican Central Committee forum

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Otter: Due diligence required before filling Patterson seat

Gov. Butch Otter is eager to fill the vacant Idaho House seat left by the resignation of Boise GOP Rep. Mark Patterson, but it won’t happen in a day and not before Idaho State Police complete customary background checks. Otter’s

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Balukoff on Otter: Nice guy who’s led Idaho astray

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff says the man he wants to remove from office — GOP Gov. Butch Otter — “is a good person and a likable man, but it is clear that it is time for a new governor

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Fulcher: Otter propping up Obamacare, not fighting for repeal

Sen. Russ Fulcher is blasting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s statement Tuesday, which urged insurance companies to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses whose policies will be terminated January 1 for failing to meet standards under the Affordable Care

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Democrat Balukoff looks likely to enter 2014 Idaho governor’s race

Boise School Board Trustee A.J. Balukoff will announce whether he’ll run for governor on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Elementary School. According to a media advisory from the Idaho Democratic Party, the public is invited to attend — a

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Otter to complete Totalitarian Trifecta with mission to Russia

Judging by his travel schedule, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter doesn’t appear much concerned about a possible primary challenge from Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher. According to Otter’s official schedule released Friday, he leaves Nov. 15 for a nine-day schlep

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Fulcher converts website to exploratory campaign for guv, still no schedule

Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, has replaced his Senate campaign website with a Russ Fulcher for Governor Exploratory Committee site, headlined “Listening to You. Listening to Idaho.” Fulcher is exploring a race against two-term Republican Gov. Butch

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Balukoff off to hunt goose, then decide whether to aim at Otter

Boise School District Board President A.J. Balukoff said in July that he’s considering running for governor as a Democrat against two-term Republican Gov. Butch Otter next year. Balukoff tells me he’s expecting to make a decision in mid-November, after he

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Sen. Cruz’s reading list: Dr. Suess in prime time, Wayne Hoffman at 2 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21 hours of debate in favor of stripping funding for Obamacare featured a good deal of reading material, including a brief quote from Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Forum. At just after 2 a.m.

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The immortal anecdote: Butch Otter’s tight jeans triumph makes political ‘Bible’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s winning a tight jeans contest has become an unwelcome part of his legacy. In the new edition of the “Almanac of American Politics,” word of Otter’s 1992 victory at Boise’s Rockin’ Rodeo lounge appears on page

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