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Fulcher: Otter’s loyalty to public in question, as four lobbyists run campaign

UPDATED, 1:40 p.m., noting Fulcher’s top campaign aide also worked as a lobbyist. Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter’s reliance on lobbyists to operate his re-election campaign calls into question who he’d represent in a third term — ordinary

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Fulcher: Otter ‘phony’ math off by $7 billion on economic growth

Sen. Russ Fulcher is throwing cold water on Gov. Butch Otter’s announcement Thursday that he was “thrilled” to report Idaho’s gross domestic product reached $60 billion in the final quarter of 2013. Otter’s math is off by $7 billion, says

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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: 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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Fulcher endorsement list includes small official GOP contingent

Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher’s primary challenge to two-term GOP incumbent Gov. Butch was not expected to draw a large number of Republican officials, but he has managed support from five sitting lawmakers, two retired legislators and one former

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Gov. Christie on Gov. Otter: ‘A great source of strength’ for Idaho

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement today in response to Otter’s formally filing paperwork Monday to seek a third four-year term. In December, Christie campaigned for Otter at a Coeur d’Alene rally

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Fulcher launches anti-Common Core petition drive

Gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher — who endorsed the new Idaho Core Standards three years ago — is now launching an online petition drive urging the state to dump the standards. From the Fulcher campaign website: Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian “Idahoans want a

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Fulcher: Wasden’s right, investigate Prisongate despite Otter’s objection

A week after Gov. Butch Otter rebuffed Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s call for a criminal investigation into understaffing at the for-profit Idaho Correctional Center, Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher issued a statement backing Wasden. Fulcher, R-Meridian, is seeking

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Romney endorses Otter, his 2012 Idaho co-chair, for re-election

Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has endorsed Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter for a third term. Otter co-chaired Romney’s Idaho campaign. “A proven conservative leader with a tangible legacy of principled Republican leadership, Governor

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Balukoff names new campaign manager, ex-Minnick aide Hattaway

Shauneen Grange, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant who managed the start of A.J. Balukoff’s governor’s race has stepped down for personal reasons. The new campaign manager is Marie Hattaway, who has worked for the Idaho Democratic Party, Senate Democrats and

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