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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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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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Malloy: Repealing 17th Amendment makes no difference in Idaho

Veteran journalist Chuck Malloy says the Idaho Republican Party’s call to return to the pre-1913 practice of having U.S. senators elected by legislators rather than voters would have no practical effect on who represents Idaho in Washington, D.C. “I say

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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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Fulcher’s bid to lure Democrats, third parties to GOP made small difference

If Sen. Russ Fulcher defeats Gov. Butch Otter in the May 20 Republican primary by a hair’s breadth, he may credit his effort to convince non-Republicans to re-register and vote for him over Gov. Butch Otter. But the result of

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Fulcher rips Otter’s management of Idaho economy

As Gov. Butch Otter flew around the state Wednesday visiting businesses in four cities to mark the official opening of his campaign for a third term, his principal GOP challenger said Otter’s tenure “will be remembered as eight years of

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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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