The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


Idaho in the News


Idaho Gubernatorial Headlines


Otter: Poll to explore highway tax support (Idaho Statesman, 12/8/13)
Chris Christie at Idaho rally:  ’Butch Otter and I became best friends’ (Boise Weekly, 12/7/13)
Christie: I am for Butch Otter (Coeur D’Alene Press, 12/7/13)
Rep. Burgoyne makes it official: He’s running for Idaho Senate (Idaho Statesman, 12/6/13)
Idaho campaigns feature stars: Christie for Otter; ‘Duck Dynasty’ for Denney (Spokesman-Review, 12/6/13)
The GOP’s business-vs-tea party battle moves to Idaho (The Fix, 12/5/13)
Fulcher: Otter propping up Obamacare, not fighting for repeal (Idaho Statesman, 12/5/13)
Rare moment of bipartisanship on Idaho school reform (Magic, 12/5/13)
Rep. Woodings eyeing statewide race, Farris to seek Idaho House seat (Idaho Statesman, 12/5/13)
Is Idaho bound for a Common Core war? (Idaho Statesman, 12/5/13)
Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled (Spokesman-Review, 12/5/13)
Fulcher factor could boost Balukoff’s chances (Huckleberries Online, 12/5/13)
EDITORIAL: Fulcher – Any doubt he’s conservative? (Idaho State Journal, 12/5/13)
US Chamber of Commerce to air ads, calling Rep. Simpson ‘conservative, Idaho strong’ (Idaho Statesman, 12/5/13)
Democratic lawmakers back bills supporting ed reforms (Idaho Statesman, 12/4/13)
Democrat AJ Balukoff launches Idaho governor campaign (Spokesman-Review, 12/4/13)
AUDIO: Why the 2014 Idaho governor’s race could be a real race (Boise State Public Radio, 12/4/13)
Balukoff counting on bipartisan support to win governor’s office (Idaho Statesman, 12/4/13)
Idaho Democrats want education improvement recommendations enshrined in law (Boise State Public Radio, 12/4/13)
Montana health insurer to court 10,000 Idahoans (Idaho Statesman, 12/4/13)
Otter on school reform: ‘Right now we’ve all got a chance to make it a bipartisan issue’ (Spokesman-Review, 12/4/13)
VIDEO: Boise’s Balukoff announces Democratic governor run (AP, 12/3/13)
Andrus: Idaho Dems to have strong top of ticket this year… (Eye on Boise, 12/3/13)
Otter campaign responds to Balukoff announcement in guv’s race (Spokesman-Review, 12/3/13)
A.J. Balukoff launches gubernatorial campaign: ‘We can do better’ (Boise Weekly, 12/3/13)
Petition drive aims to boost wages in Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 12/3/13)
Democrat Balukoff joins race for governor (Idaho Statesman, 12/3/13)
VIDEO: A.J. Balukoff announces candidacy for governor (Idaho Statesman, 12/3/13)
Idaho bankers to firms: Take equipment tax break before it expires (Idaho Statesman, 12/3/13)
Idaho’s exchange rollout: ‘We were pleasantly surprised’ (Idaho Statesman, 12/3/13)
COMMENTARY: Thank you, Sen. Fulcher (Times News, 12/3/13)
EDITORIAL: Can Idaho fix its schools without having preschools? (Lewiston Tribune, 12/2/13)
Secretary of state’s race: One less candidate (Idaho Statesman, 12/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Will these challengers defeat Idaho’s incumbents? (Times News, 12/2/13)
Fulcher could win with Otter’s help (Huckleberries Online, 12/2/13)
Idaho Rep. Patterson lets campaign domain name expire (Idaho Statesman, 12/2/13)
Democrat Balukoff looks likely to enter 2014 Idaho governor’s race (Idaho Statesman, 12/2/13)
Is Fulcher serious challenge to Otter? Stay tuned (Idaho Press, 12/1/13)
With Otter’s help, Fulcher could just win (Lewsiton Tribune, 12/1/13)


COMMENTARY: Democrats are on track, despite claim of absence (Idaho Statesman, 11/30/13)
Fulcher: Any doubt he’s a conservative? (Idaho State Journal, 11/29/13)
Local GOP OKs radical gun proposal (Huckleberries Online, 11/27/13)
Maximum effort required to bump minimum wage (Boise Weekly, 11/27/13)
OPINION: Fulcher will need to present solutions (Idaho Statesman, 11/26/13)
Otter: DC can learn from Idaho (North Idaho Business Journal, 11/26/13)
VIDEO: Straight talk with Mike Murad: Russ Fulcher (KBOI2, 11/26/13)
EDITORIAL: Find Idaho’s Democratic Party in the morgue (Idaho Statesman, 11/25/13)
When history rhymes: A look back at the last time an Idaho guv was defeated in the primary… (Eye on Boise, 11/25/13)
Reagan Repub jumbos back Fulcher (Huckleberries Online, 11/25/13)
How Fulcher rose to power (Huckleberries Online, 11/25/13)
Who is Russ Fulcher? (Idaho Statesman, 11/25/13)
Sen. Russ Fulcher says ‘time is right’ to unseat Gov. Otter (Idaho Statesman, 11/24/13)
Idaho insurers answer questions on Affordable Care Act (Idaho Statesman, 11/24/13)
Fulcher announces run for governor (AP, 11/24/13)
Fulcher launches gubernatorial run, linking Otter to Obama (Boise Weekly, 11/24/13)
Sen. Fulcher launches challenge against Idaho Gov. Otter (Idaho Statesman, 11/23/13)
Fulcher flies around state, announces he’ll challenge Otter (Eye on Boise, 11/23/13)
Otter finds major ally on grouse, power line (Idaho Statesman, 11/23/13)
VIDEO: Sen. Russ Fulcher on running for Idaho governor (Idaho Statesman, 11/23/13)
COMMENTARY: How Idaho politicians can carry without a permit (Idaho Statesman, 11/22/13)
Patterson postscript: How did politicians get exempted from Idaho’s weapons law? (Idaho Statesman, 11/21/13)
Fulcher expected to launch gubernatorial campaign Saturday (Boise Weekly, 11/21/13)
Fulcher sets announcements Sat. in Meridien, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls (Eye on Boise, 11/21/13)
Idaho rejects tax shift sought by telecoms, railroads and utilities (Idaho Statesman, 11/20/13)
Bank on it: Fulcher will announce challenge to Gov. Otter in Saturday fly-around (Idaho Statesman, 11/20/13)
COMMENTARY: Fulcher-Otter race could spark tea party ticket (Idaho Statesman, 11/20/13)
Tribune: Fulcher, GOP colleagues dismiss social safety nets as ‘narcotic’ (Boise Weekly, 11/20/13)
Fulcher for governor? Stay tuned… (, 11/20/13)
Popkey: Tea Party ticket in offing (Spokesman-Review, 11/19/13)
Issues in Fulcher-Otter race set up prospect of Idaho tea party ticket (Idaho Statesman, 11/19/13)
AUDIO: Idaho lawmakers prepare for education fight in 2014 (Northwest Public Radio, 11/19/13)
Rep. Patterson may sue Raney; not sure whether he’ll run again, resign (Idaho Statesman, 11/18/13)
Otter names Edmunds director of Idaho Dept. of Labor (Idaho Statesman, 11/15/13)
EDITORIAL: Idaho deserves full disclosure from Patterson (Idaho Statesman, 11/15/13)
Not backing down: Patterson tells reporter he’ll revive gun bill (Idaho Statesman, 11/14/13)
OPINION: Invest in education for Idaho’s economic future (Idaho Statesman, 11/14/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho employers should support ‘add the words’ (Idaho Statesman, 11/14/13)
Fund is Idaho’s imperfect business tool (Idaho Statesman, 11/14/13)
MSNBC’s Maddow on Patterson’s rape and gun case: ‘How can this possibly be?’ (Idaho Statesman, 11/13/13)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter prepares for trade mission to Russia (AP, 11/13/13)
Ada sheriff alleges ethics violations against Reps. Patterson, Boyle (Idaho Statesman, 11/13/13)
Idaho education chairmen stand up for Idaho Core Standards (Idaho Statesman, 11/13/13)
Boise lawmaker says rape accuser recanted (Idaho Statesman, 11/12/13)
‘Obamacare’ brings a new world for Idaho insurers (Idaho Statesman, 11/12/13)
Idaho board keeping health exchange inquiry secret (AP, 11/12/13)
Fulcher in Meridian, Caldwell, Nampa on Tuesday for last leg of gubernatorial tour (Idaho Statesman, 11/11/13)
Idaho lawmaker Mark Patterson could lose weapons license over old Florida guilty plea (Idaho Statesman, 11/10/13)
Idaho’s long-time sec of state Ysura calls decision not to run ‘agonizing’ (Idaho Statesman, 11/9/13)
OPINION: Closing primaries denies voters their choice (Idaho Statesman, 11/8/13)
Otter to complete Totalitarian Trifecta with mission tor Russia (Idaho Statesman, 11/8/13)
COMMENTARY: Close races highlights voters’ impact (Idaho Statesman, 11/7/13)
Idaho’s Rep. Simpson loses finance chief as he faces multi-million-dollar race (Idaho Statesman, 11/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho should adopt Ohio’s stance on Medicaid (Idaho Statesman, 11/5/13)
Boise bonds campaign attracts cash (Idaho Statesman, 11/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Municipal elections’ importance should be obvious to all of us (Idaho Statesman, 11/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Just add the words, former Idaho Gov. Batt says about anti-discrimination laws (Idaho Statesman, 11/2/13)
Sen. Fulcher’s exploratory tour adds stops in McCall, North Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 11/1/13)
Idahoans forced to pick new insurance (Idaho Statesman, 11/1/13)


It’s an Otter Halloween at the Capitol (Idaho Statesman, 10/31/13)
Fulcher announces two more stops on governor trek, Friday in Emmett, Payette (Idaho Statesman, 10/30/13)
Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters (Spokesman-Review, 10/30/13)
Fulcher at legislative forum in Kuna Friday, amidst gubernatorial listening tour (Idaho Statesman, 10/29/13)
Idaho tribes want first crack at federal land (Idaho Statesman, 10/29/13)
Denney killed pension reform bill, may benefit (Idaho Statesman, 10/29/13)
Denney killed reform bill, now could get sevenfold pension spike (Idaho Statesman, 10/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Opponents wave bloody shirt at forest swap (Idaho Statesman, 10/28/13)
Pushing for pre-K: Advocates say education reforms shouldn’t leave out preschool (Idaho Statesman, 10/28/13)
New coalition tries to revive the Idaho road funding debate (Idaho Statesman, 10/27/13)
OPINION: Competition may enliven Idaho primary (Idaho Statesman, 10/25/13)
Idaho lawsuit is latest claim against Remington (AP, 10/25/13)
‘Russ Fulcher Listens’ gubernatorial tour begins Monday in Eastern Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 10/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho’s level of education spending is telling (Idaho Statesman, 10/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Fulcher challenge fits on a bumper sticker (Idaho Statesman, 10/23/13)
Eight years into quest, Idahoans still pressing to ‘Add the Words’ (Idaho Statesman, 10/21/13)
Report: Denney decides to run for Idaho secretary of state (Idaho Statesman, 10/22/13)
Democrats try to target ‘toxic’ Luna  in 2014 election (Idaho Statesman, 10/20/13)
Fulcher working on run vs. Otter (Idaho Statesman, 10/20/13)
Sen. Fulcher exploring challenge to Gov. Otter in GOP primary (Idaho Statesman, 10/19/13)
Idaho lawmakers: Exchange deal ‘indefensible’ (AP, 10/18/13)
Idaho tea party candidate has 10 kids on Medicaid but hates government (Idaho Statesman, 10/18/13)
Idaho tea party candidate criticized for having 10 children on Medicaid (Idaho Statesman, 10/17/13)
Idaho congressmen hear from both sides over budget gridlock (Idaho Statesman, 10/16/13)
Four Idaho lawmakers backing Bryan Smith’s challenge to Simpson (Idaho Statesman, 10/16/13)
Balukoff off to hunt goose, then decide whether to aim at Otter (Idaho Statesman, 10/16/13)
Labrador calls immigration talks with Obama ‘crazy,’ says prez ‘trying to destroy the Republican party’ (Idaho Statesman, 10/16/13)
Idaho to tap state funds to pay contractors for road projects (AP, 10/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho needs to figure out how to help all of its citizens (Idaho Statesman, 10/10/13)
Idaho GOP Chairman: Why can’t federal judge order timber salvage sales? (Idaho Statesman, 10/9/13)
Latino labor is vital for Idaho farming (Idaho Statesman, 10/8/13)
Simpson raised $437K in third quarter, Smith $275K in Idaho 2nd CD race (Idaho Statesman, 10/8/13)
Congressional report shows the high costs of public land (Idaho Statesman, 10/8/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho education reforms — let’s get it right the first time (Idaho Statesman, 10/7/13)
Former Albertsons CEO Gary Michael appointed to Idaho Lottery Commission (Idaho Statesman, 10/7/13)
Idaho Democrats’ new LGBTA Caucus to hold ‘Coming Out’ party Friday (Idaho Statesman, 10/7/13)
Otter reflects on 40-year relationship with ‘Godfather’ Pete Cenarussa (Idaho Politics, 10/3/13)
Idaho teachers, school boards debate labor laws (Idaho Statesman, 10/3/13)
Democrats accuse Idaho’s Simpson of flip-flop on ‘clean’ budget vote (Idaho Statesman, 10/3/13)
Idaho schools chief Luna pushes for more education funding (Idaho Statesman, 10/2/13)
Idaho health exchange launches with few hiccups (Idaho Statesman, 10/2/13)
Luna sticks close to education task force’s proposal in newest budget (Idaho Statesman, 10/1/13)


COMMENTARY: Rural areas could lose under timber quota bill (Idaho Statesman, 9/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Otter’s education funding pledge subject to revision (Idaho Statesman, 9/30/13)
Are Idaho’s public information officers public servants or spin doctors? (Idaho Statesman, 9/29/13)
EDITORIAL: GOP needs to remember: Elections count (Idaho Statesman, 9/29/13)
Idaho Democrats to rally Saturday for public education (Idaho Statesman, 9/26/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho Gov. Otter’s unwelcome but immortal anecdote (Idaho Statesman, 9/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho faces infrastructure challenges (Idaho Statesman, 9/24/13)
Idaho’s health exchange down to the deadline (Idaho Statesman, 9/24/13)
Idaho embraces health insurance exchange — reluctantly (Idaho Statesman, 9/24/13)
GOP Senate challenger Bryan Smith gets support of tea party PAC (Idaho Statesman, 9/24/13)
AAA Idaho launches effort to increase road funding in 2014 (Idaho Statesman, 9/23/13)
Otter: Restore $82.5M in education funding, but attach strings (Idaho Statesman, 9/20/13)
Top GOP official badly injured in Idaho Falls plane crash (Idaho Statesman, 9/20/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho Legislature has responsibility to extend rights (Idaho Statesman, 9/19/13)
Otter on ‘tepid’ fundraising: You can only to to the well so many times (Idaho Statesman, 9/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Playing it cagey, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little draws a crowd (Idaho Statesman, 9/19/13)
Federal rules won’t change Idaho drug prosecutions (Idaho Statesman, 9/18/13)
Idaho Lt. Gov. Little says he will seek another term (Idaho Statesman, 9/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho education task force didn’t do homework (Idaho Statesman, 9/17/13)
Is Little planning a two-week tour to run for ‘Lite Guv’? (Idaho Statesman, 9/17/13)
Wasden says he’ll seek record fourth term as Idaho AG (Idaho Statesman, 9/16/13)
Judge: CCA in contempt for prison understaffing (AP, 9/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho’s students, teachers deserve host of changes (Idaho Statesman, 9/13/13)
Lt. Gov Little to announce 2014 election plans Wednesday (Idaho Statesman, 9/12/13)
COMMENTARY: Here we go again – Local option tax ideas (Idaho Statesman, 9/11/13)
Yet another out-of-state group jumps into Simpson-Smith race (Idaho Statesman, 9/11/13)
Insurance agents hope Idaho insurance exchange brings customers (Idaho Statesman, 9/10/13)
By the numbers: Idaho’s unemployment rate rises for third month in a row (Idaho Statesman, 9/10/13)
Idaho schools chief Luna admits to missteps in education reform plan (Idaho Statesman, 9/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Hear Luna out as he helps guide next steps for task force (Idaho Statesman, 9/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho public land is an economic asset, attraction (Idaho Statesman, 9/9/13)
COMMENTARY: State economy: Governor’s magical view won’t help Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 9/7/13)
Citing Asia experience, Otter urges more free trade agreements (Idaho Statesman, 9/6/13)
Otter’s economic ‘magic’ a failure, says top Idaho Democrat (Idaho Statesman, 9/4/13)
The politics of increasing Idaho’s minimum wage (Idaho Statesman, 9/4/13)
Latino professionals hope to set example in Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 9/4/13)
COMMENTARY: I didn’t leave the GOP — the GOP left me (Idaho Statesman, 9/2/13)
OPINION: Task force’s ideas for fixing Idaho schools make sense (Idaho Statesman, 9/1/13)


Harlan Brown — Idaho’s ‘profane clown given to kookiness’ — is back (Idaho Statesman, 8/30/13)
Tom Luna: School year brings new and improved standards to Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 8/29/13)
Otter: Restore $82.5M for schools (Idaho Statesman, 8/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Otter offers his greatest hits, few new ideas (Idaho Statesman, 8/28/13)
Otter wants to attract Wal-Mart suppliers to Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 8/27/13)
Idaho’s new education standards promise to make homework a new experience for everyone involved (Idaho Statesman, 8/25/13)
Next job for education task force: Convince the Idaho Legislature (Idaho Statesman, 8/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Extending health coverage to poor won’t cost more money (Idaho Statesman, 8/24/13)
Labrador, patting self on back, explains why he held Idaho town halls (Idaho Statesman, 8/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Simpson wisely skips a showdown (Idaho Statesman, 8/21/13)
Democrat reports she can follow Otter on Twitter again (Idaho Statesman, 8/21/13)
Building a strong Idaho workforce takes public investment, experts say (Idaho Statesman, 8/20/13)
Democrats say they were blocked from Otter’s Twitter account (Idaho Statesman, 8/20/13)
Democratic state Rep. Ringo to challenge Labrador for Congress (Idaho Statesman, 8/19/13)
Democratic state Rep. Ringo to challenge Labrador for Congress (Idaho Statesman, 8/19/13)
Idaho welfare benefits are low, rival entry-level pay, says think tank (Idaho Statesman, 8/19/13)
Speaker Boehner to host $50 Boise lunch for Congressman Simpson (Idaho Statesman, 8/19/13)
Idaho businesses, organization push for immigration reform (Idaho Statesman, 8/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Labrador part of new GOP faction (Idaho Statesman, 8/18/13)
EDITORIAL: Time for Crapo to step upon tax reform (Idaho Statesman, 8/14/13)
Labrador: Star or meteor (Idaho Statesman, 8/14/13)
Why an influx of retirees to Idaho is creating more low-wage jobs (Idaho Statesman, 8/13/13)
Labrador to seek third term in Congress, not run for governor (Spokesman-Review, 8/14/13)
Raul Labrador not running against Butch Otter (Politico, 8/14/13)
An Idaho land trade that should go nowhere (High Country News, 8/13/13)
Labrador to announce political plans Wednesday (Idaho Statesman, 8/12/13)
Idaho schools try to help low achievers (Idaho Statesman, 8/11/13)
Separated at birth: Idaho GOPers and Hawaii Dems? (Idaho Statesman, 8/8/13)
Idaho on Obamacare: We’ll take it from here (USA Today, 8/8/13)
Idaho Rep. Labrador won’t endorse Simpson for re-election (Idaho Statesman, 8/8/13)
A fine line on Idaho’s public lands (Idaho Statesman, 8/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Idaho congressional delegation has no excuse for lack of town hall meetings (Idaho Statesman, 8/7/13)
Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign loan a win-win (Spokesman-Review, 8/4/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho health exchange team focused on tough task (Idaho Statesman, 8/4/13)
OPINION: Democrats want right man for the wrong race (Lewiston Tribune, 8/3/13)
Review committee members say WiFi selection process was fair (Spokesman-Review, 8/3/13)
Forget governor? Idaho’s Labrador touted as next House Speaker (Idaho Statesman, 8/2/13)
Otter banks $85K from donors, Luna pulls in less (AP, 8/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Otter would kick Raoul’s butt (Huckleberries Online, 8/1/13)
Otter’s tepid fundraising will feed talk he won’t run in 2014 (Idaho Statesman, 8/1/13)

JULY 2013

Otter forgives campaign loan from self, plus raises $85K over past six months (Spokesman-Review, 7/31/13)
Otter vs. Labrador: Parlor politics (Ridenbaugh Press/Northwest, 7/31/13)
Otter comes to Grace, gets face-time with rural Idaho (Idaho States Journal, 7/30/13)
Gov. Butch Otter tepid on school WiFi deal (Spokesman-Review, 7/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Smith all-in with challenge to Rep. Simpson (Idaho Statesman, 7/30/13)
Bryan Smith dismisses ‘crumbs,’ which bring $26M to Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 7/30/13)
Study: Idaho lags in cost-benefit analysis of tax spending (Idaho Statesman, 7/29/13)
One-time WiFi money was part of plan to fund stakeholders proposals next year (Spokesman-Review, 7/29/13)
Otter on WiFi contract: ‘Not necessarily how I would have done it’ (Spokesman-Review, 7/29/13)
Otter sides w/WiFi contract critics (Huckleberries Online, 7/29/13)
Eye on Boise: Idaho school WiFi contract questioned by lawmakers (Spokesman-Review, 7/28/13)
Luna awards controversial WiFi deal (Idaho Ed News, 7/25/13)
Idaho school WiFi plan surprises legislators (Spokesman-Review, 7/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Huffington Post: Labrador ‘likely’ to challenge Otter, then eye White House (, 7/24/13)
Raoul Labrador playing crucial role in immigration fight, with an eye on higher office (Huff Post Politics, 7/23/13)
Trib: Wither goest Raoul? (Huckleberries Online, 7/22/13)
Idaho prepares for Medicaid expansion — just in case Otter, lawmakers opt to broaden coverage (AP, 7/22/13)
Eye on Boise: Funds suggest re-election on Labrador’s radar (Spokesman-Review, 7/21/13)
GOP centrists vow aid for Idaho’s Simpson (Idaho Statesman, 7/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho Rep. Labrador’s gubernatorial plans are done for (Idaho Statesman, 7/17/13)
The governor’s race: Reading the tea leaves (Idaho Ed News, 7/16/13)
Boise School Board president eyes Idaho governor’s office (Idaho Statesman, 7/16/13)
Education at the heart of Balukoff’s possible run for governor (Idaho Statesman, 7/15/13)
For Rep. Simpson’s foe Bryan Smith, campaign finance is a family affair (Idaho Statesman, 7/15/13)
National group recruited Simpson challenger via website (Spokesman-Review, 7/14/13)
Governor’s race rumor mill: AJ Balukoff? (Idaho Ed News, 7/12/13)
Idaho lawmakers to study federal land transfer (Idaho Statesman, 7/12/13)
Getting stronger?: Idaho Democrats begin nine-stop caucus road show Friday (Idaho Statesman, 7/11/13)
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson challenger receives big boost (Idaho Statesman, 7/11/13)
Gov. Butch Otter attending Allen & Co. BBQ (Idaho Statesman, 7/6/13)
Butch Otter takes on Obama over carbon dioxide rules (AP, 7/4/13)
Labrador misses self-imposed deadline on guv’s race, hopes for decision in ‘next couple of months’ (Idaho Statesman, 7/3/13)
Otter names two new Idaho Fish & Game commissioners (Eye on Boise, 7/2/13)
Kathy Simpson — congressman’s wife — to help pick Idaho judges (Idaho Statesman, 7/1/13)
Otter names Kathy Simpson, wife of Rep. Mike Simpson to Judicial Council (Boise Weekly, 7/1/13)
A GOP primary fight to watch: Smith vs. Simpson in Idaho (National Review, 7/1/13)
OPINION: If Otter won’t investigate, lawmakers must (Idaho Statesman, 7/1/13)
Kathy Simpson — congressman’s wife — to help pick Idaho judges (Idaho Statesman, 7/1/13)
Otter appoints Kathy Simpson to Idaho Judicial Council (Eye on Boise, 7/1/13)
Otter dumps rival, names Idaho rep’s wife instead (AP, 7/1/13)

JUNE 2013

Otter says INL hazardous waste removal to restart (AP, 6/28/13)
Otter silent as Obamacare marks one-year since Supreme Court win (Idaho Reporter, 6/28/13)
Idaho GOP names new top staffer, Woolf hires outgoing ED Whitsworth (Idaho Statesman, 6/27/13)
Are private prisons good deal? (Huckleberries Online, 6/26/13)
Senate Education chairman faces censure from local GOP (Idaho Statesman, 6/24/13)
Otter rejects state intervention in local civil rights legislation (Idaho Reporter, 6/24/13)
Otter favors local control in anti-discrimination fight (Spokesman-Review, 6/23/13)
Idaho works on prison reform (Spokesman-Review, 6/19/13)
Idaho GOP seeks to halt cities’ anti-discrimination ordinances (Idaho Statesman, 6/19/13)
Otter unveils new effort to reduce prison growth (Boise Weekly, 6/18/13)
Gov. Butch Otter announces launch of public safety initiative (KIVI-TV, 6/18/13)
Otter on GOP resolution: Honor local control (Eye on Boise, 6/18/13)
Carlson: Otter needs an opponent (Huckleberries Online, 6/18/13)
Idaho GOP wants to void local laws banning sexual orientation discrimination (Spokesman-Review, 6/18/13)
GOP rejects plan to vet candidates (AP, 6/17/13)
GOP passes ‘gutted’ Common Core language (Idaho Education News, 6/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Idaho, the home of state-sponsored crony capitalism (Idaho Statesman, 6/17/13)
Trib: Butch Otter’s delusional (Huckleberries Online, 6/17/13)
Speaker Bedke says he might consider higher office (Idaho Statesman, 6/17/13)
Idaho GOP wants non-discrimination ordinances voided (Spokesman-Review, 6/17/13)
Pollsters finds broad Idaho support for immigration bill (Spokesman-Review, 6/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Otter: Civil liberties vulnerable when we stop paying attention (Idaho Statesman, 6/16/13)
Rules and resolutions: What GOP leaders passed (Times-News, 6/16/13)
GOP Committee votes down proposal requiring endorsement for party ballot (Times-News, 6/16/13)
GOP rules committee rejects limits to primary candidates (Idaho Statesman, 6/15/13)
GOP rules committee rejects limits to primary candidates (Idaho Statesman, 6/15/13)
Idaho GOP ponders halting anti-discrimination ordinances, ending daylight savings, more… (Eye on Boise, 6/14/13)
Former governor Batt chides Idaho for not raising gas tax (Spokesman-Review, 6/14/13)
Otter, Batt join opposition to GOP vetting plan (AP, 6/13/13)
Otter, other top GOP speak out against ballot access limit rule (Huckleberries Online, 6/13/13)
Republican  leaders could get final say on who runs in primaries (Times-News, 6/12/13)
Gov. Butch Otter works toward third-straight year of tax cuts (StateImpact/Idaho, 6/12/13)
IACI visits Coeur d’Alene to set 2014 legislative agenda (, 6/11/13)
Governor to be featured in canal safety campaign (Idaho State Journal, 6/11/13)
Republican rift: Idaho AG spat skips generation (AP, 6/7/13)
Chairman: Democrats have candidates in pipeline for governor, superintendent (Idaho Statesman, 6/4/13)
Dem party chair: GOP leaders have abandoned the ship (Idaho Education News, 6/3/13)
Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers (Spokesman-Review, 6/1/13)

MAY 2013

Idaho scrimps on state employee pay (Spokesman-Review, 5/31/13)
Gov Otter wants more personal accountability in Medicaid (Idaho Statesman, 5/30/13)
Union groups can revise lawsuit, court says (AP, 5/28/13)
VIDEO: Otter on federal help with exchange- It will be Idahoans making decisions (Idaho Reporter, 5/28/13)
Tight-fisted Otter earns jeers (Huckleberries Online, 5/24/13)
Otter defends Idaho exchange’s use of federal computers (AP, 5/24/13)
Otter says surplus is not license to spend (Idaho Statesman, 5/23/13)
Otter, Idaho exchange officials defend exchange, sat Feds won’t run it (Eye on Boise, 5/23/13)
Legislators express surprise: Idaho exchange looks to Feds for assistance (Idaho Reporter, 5/23/13)
Otter on the risks of relying solely on Fox News (Idaho Politics, 5/23/13)
Otter: Beware of Fox News (Spokesman-Review, 5/23/13)
Otter to Ferguson: Keep your mitts off Idaho’s surplus (Idaho Politics, 5/22/13)
OPINION: Otter shows adaptability (Idaho Statesman, 5/22/13)
Otter not planning to spend surplus (Huckleberries Online, 5/22/13)
Without Senate confirmation, Otter’s insurance exchange board moves forward (Idaho Reporter, 5/21/13)
Idaho announces irst round of IGEM grants (AP, 5/21/13)
Idaho’s Minnick hired by Gabby Giffords to lobby on gun control (Idaho Politics, 5/17/13)
AUDIO: Gay rights efforts gain traction in Idaho small towns (OPB, 5/10/13)
Some Idaho legislators see tough times in the next session (Idaho Statesman, 5/7/13)
Idaho Opportunity Fund increased to $3M to attract new businesses (Times-News, 5/2/13)
Otter calls Asia trade mission a success (Eye on Boise, 5/1/13)
Smylie’s indictment of Luna a signal of 2014 candidacy? Maybe (Idaho Statesman, 5/1/13)

APRIL 2013

COMMENTARY: Mental health system improvements as unlikely as gun control in Idaho (Times-News, 4/29/13)
Idaho school task force has big choices (Idaho Statesman, 4/27/13)
Idaho GOP rejects Core Standards plan (Idaho State Journal, 4/26/13)
Governor’s education task force holds its final scheduled meeting (Idaho Reporter, 4/26/13)
Public tells Idaho Ed Task force to increase funding, get Idaho out of Common Core (Boise State Public Radio, 4/26/13)
Otter leads Idaho delegation on eight-day Asia mission (Idaho Reporter, 4/25/13)
Insurance exchange board members defend hiring process in selecting exec director (Idaho Reporter, 4/24/13)
Executive director selected, insurance exchange gears up for work ahead (Eye on Boise, 4/23/13)
Sizable crowd turns out for education task force (Rexburg Standard Journal, 4/23/13)
OPINION: Good luck, health care exchange board (Idaho Statesman, 4/23/13)
Idaho health exchange board threatened with lawsuit (Spokesman-Review, 4/23/13)
Phone calls threaten Idaho Health Insurance exchange board members (Boise Weekly, 4/23/13)
Personal political rhetoric not wanted here (Idaho Reporter, 4/22/13)
The 2014 Idaho election:  A blockbuster, or a bore? (Idaho Statesman, 4/22/13)
Insurance exchange members told ‘anonymously’ they may face a lawsuit (Idaho Reporter, 4/22/13)
Gov. Otter to go on Asia trade trip (Times-News, 4/21/13)
Otter signs as law limits teacher contracts (Spokesman-Review, 4/20/13)
Otter prepares for Asia trade trip to promote Idaho exports (AP, 4/18/13)
The new normal for Idaho schools (Times-News, 4/14/13)
The reasons behind the vetoes (Capitol Confidential, 4/12/13)
Idaho’s Andrus, Smylie on top 50 list of longest-serving governors (Idaho Statesman, 4/12/13)
Governor’s office, GOP leaders deny Medicaid special session in the works (Idaho Reporter, 4/11/13)
Idaho Speaker finds silver lining in repeal of ‘Luna laws’ (Idaho Statesman, 4/10/13)
2014 Idaho Medicaid expansion hinges on hard work, new lawmakers (Idaho Statesman, 4/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Otter’s on the rebound (Idaho Statesman, 4/9/13)
For business, 2013 Idaho legislative session brought changes (Idaho Statesman, 4/9/13)
Insurance agent worries about his industry’s role in Idaho insurance exchange (Idaho Reporter, 4/8/13)
Governor-appointed panel will soon start building health insurance exchange (Boise Weekly, 4/8/13)
Hot-button issues of 2013 Idaho Legislature (Idaho Statesman, 4/7/13)
Odd couple lawmakers team up on education bills (AP, 4/7/13)
Divisiveness takes toll during legislative session (Idaho Statesman, 4/7/13)
Exchange, tax repeal give Otter key victories (Idaho Statesman, 4/7/13)
Idaho leaders lament uncertainty over delay in Obamacare small business provisions (Idaho Reporter, 4/5/13)
Otter says Gwartney still his friend (Idaho Statesman, 4/5/13)
Gov. Butch Otter reiterates wish to hold off on expanding Medicaid eligibility (StateImpact/Idaho, 4/5/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Butch Otter talks possible Medicaid expansion (Idaho Reporter, 4/5/13)
VIDEO: Rep. Ken Andrus: ‘We’re leaving here more divided than I have ever seen (Idaho Reporter, 4/5/13)
Will Tom Luna seek a third term in 2014? (Idaho Statesman, 4/5/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Butch Otter says legislature’s work on personal property tax was ‘outstanding’ (Idaho Reporter, 4/5/13)
Idaho Legislature approves $20.7 million in tax cuts (StateImpact/Idaho, 4/4/13)
Otter, legislative leaders announce they’ll work on gun-rights legislation over the interim (Spokesman-Review, 4/4/13)
Gov. Otter signs personal property tax bill, calls for full repeal (StateImpact/Idaho, 4/4/13)
House, Senate pass $1.3 billion K-12 education funding bill (Idaho Reporter, 4/4/13)
Otter expresses concerns to lawmakers about two bills, but still signs them… (Spokesman-Review, 4/4/13)
Otter gives session high marks, says work remains for next year… (Spokesman-Review, 4/4/13)
When the dust settles, 2013 Idaho Legislature will be remembered for bruising fight for health insurance exchange (Boise Weekly, 4/4/13)
Idaho governor signs bill tightening initiative rules (Spokesman-Review, 4/3/13)
Legislature OKs expansion of charter school authorization, and boosts funding (Idaho Reporter, 4/3/13)
K-12 budget legislation seen as ‘going home’ bill for 2013 session (Idaho Reporter, 4/3/13)
Idaho Legislature OKs resolutions seeking ownership of federal lands (Idaho Reporter, 4/2/13)
Otter signs bill making ballot measures tougher in Idaho (Spokesman-Review, 4/2/13)
Otter wants hearings before heavy trucks roll (Spokesman-Review, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

Sandy Hook fallout echoes in Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 3/31/13)
Grand bargain turns to debacle for Idaho lawmakers (AP, 3/31/13)
Democrats provide key votes in legislative session (Idaho Statesman, 3/31/13)
This legislative session, Idaho Democrats ‘in play’ (Idaho Statesman, 3/31/13)
What happened to the local-option tax this session of the Idaho Legislature? (Idaho Statesman, 3/30/13)
Analysis: Idaho lawmakers game system to get their way (Idaho Statesman, 3/30/13)
Otter signs $3M bill to lure businesses (AP, 3/29/13)
Idaho Dems urge weekend campaign on Medicaid expansion to save taxpayers $478M (Idaho Politics, 3/29/13)
Legislators’ search for a K-12 budget solution stalls (Idaho Statesman, 3/29/13)
HB 65 passes Senate unanimously, heads to governor’s desk (Spokesman-Review, 3/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Education budget debacle unveils legislature power struggle (Times-News, 3/29/13)
Education bills go to Otter, overall schools budget languishes (AP, 3/29/13)
Otter signs ‘Opportunity Fund’ bill, Commerce says there’s ‘whole pipeline’ of projects (Spokesman-Review, 3/28/13)
Idaho Senate to consider state’s demand for federal land (AP, 3/28/13)
Virginia think-tank: Idaho 6th in freedom with a bullet, up from No. 17 (Idaho Statesman, 3/28/13)
Roadmap leads to nest week,with early break for Easter in Idaho Senate (Idaho Statesman, 3/28/13)
County Commissioner’s response to business tax resolution: Relief (StateImpact/Idaho, 3/28/13)
Some Idahoans will see their jobless benefits cut (StateImpact/Idaho, 3/28/13)
Otter on education budget: ‘We’ve got an end in sight’ (Spokesman-Review, 3/28/13)
Otter throws in towel on HOME tax credit for this year (Spokesman-Review, 3/28/13)
Idaho Senate votes 35-0 for personal property tax cut (AP, 3/27/13)
COMMENTARY: A year later, GOP wounds still healing in Idaho (Idaho Statesman, 3/27/13)
Idaho school budget dies in political turf battle (Boise State Public Radio, 3/27/13)
Idaho Senate kills K-12 funding bill, likely blocking plans for Friday adjournment (Idaho Statesman, 3/27/13)
GOP lawmakers battle on Facebook over Idaho gun rights, school safety bills (Idaho Statesman, 3/27/13)
Otter, lawmakers meet over failed education budget (AP, 3/27/13)
Idaho lawmakers test waters on more roads funding (AP, 3/26/13)
Could a ‘third option’ make Medicaid expansion more palatable in Idaho? (StateImpact/Idaho, 3/26/13)
Rev & Tax members reject, decry income tax surcharge bill (Spokesman-Review, 3/26/13)
Idaho Democrats: Don’t squander Medicaid expansion (Idaho Statesman, 3/26/13)
Idaho Democrats’ last-gasp move on Medicaid expansion fails (Idaho Statesman, 3/26/13)
Tom Luna vs. Glenn Beck? (Idaho Education News, 3/26/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘The speaker’s living room’ (Idaho Statesman, 3/26/13)
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers hear of Medicaid expansion’s upside (Spokesman-Review, 3/24/13)
Senate OKs Otter’s health insurance exchange proposal (Spokesman-Review, 3/22/13)
Otter wins exchange fight with Legislature (Spokesman-Review, 3/21/13)
Tuition tax credits bill passes Idaho House (Spokesman-Review, 3/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Change in tone advances Idaho gay rights prospects (Idaho Statesman, 3/21/13)
Idaho state Senate approves state-based health insurance exchange (AP, 3/21/13)
Idaho House favors private school tax credits (AP, 3/20/13)
Lawmakers question robocalls opposing Idaho health exchange (Idaho Statesman, 3/16/13)
Personal property tax: Second bill unveiled (Idaho Education News, 3/8/13)
Judge strikes down Idaho’s fetal pain abortion law (AP, 3/7/13)
Personal property tax 101: The stakes for education (Idaho Statesman, 3/7/13)
Counties present plan to partially exempt business personal property (StateImpact/Idaho, 3/7/13)
Idaho counties tout personal property tax relief plan (AP, 3/7/13)
Idaho House panel backs state insurance exchange (AP, 3/7/13)

State superintendent rumor mill: Barbara Morgan? (Idaho Education News, 3/6/13)
State: Governor’s mansion should go back to Simplots (AP, 3/1/13)


Idaho might send cops to jail for enforcing gun controls (Spokesman-Review, 2/26/13)

North Idaho Democrat named new state party chairman (Idaho Statesman, 2/25/13)
Third time not the charm for legislation limiting eminent domain takings (Idaho Reporter, 2/16/13)
Otter’s zero-raises recommendation for state workers to be built into all budgets (Spokesman-Review, 2/15/13)
House passes governor’s Opportunity Fund proposal, 59-8 (Idaho Reporter, 2/15/13)
State workers to meet at Capitol on pay issues (AP, 2/15/13)
Otter floats personal property tax cut (AP, 2/15/13)
Budget writers adopt Otter’s 2014 budget target (AP, 2/15/13)
Tax relief proposal will likely include a tax shift (Lewiston Tribune, 2/14/13)
Freshmen in Idaho House seek health bill changes (Spokesman-Review, 2/14/13)
Gov. Otter floats personal property tax cut plan (Spokesman-Review, 2/14/13)
Tax repeal push stokes worries among farmers (Capital Press, 2/14/13)
Otter wasn’t kidding: He’s ropin’ in dough for third term (Idaho Statesman, 2/14/13)
16 House GOP freshmen say they’ll back gov’s exchange bill if their trailer bill passes (Spokesman-Review, 2/13/13)
House member wants legislative involvement in oversight of state insurance exchange (Idaho Reporter, 2/13/13)
House signals state insurance exchange support — with provisions (AP, 2/13/13)
Idaho House freshmen band together on exchange bill (Spokesman-Review, 2/13/13)
Idaho Senate rejects Otter’s F&G appointee (AP, 2/12/13)
Health insurance exchange bill’s fiscal note changed on Senate floor (Idaho Reporter, 2/12/13)
Idaho Senate rejects Fish & Game Commission nominee (Idaho Statesman, 2/12/13)
Vote against Fish & Game’s Hurlock reveals rural-urban divide in Idaho GOP (Idaho Statesman, 2/12/13)
Eye on Boise: Idaho losing money by cutting costs (Spokesman-Review, 2/10/13)
Brad Little – Waiting in the wings (Magic Valley Times-News, 2/10/13)
Otter: I’m ready to run, but not ready to announce (Idaho Statesman, 2/8/13)
Otter: Let me be clear, I was not lobbying in 2006 (Idaho Statesman, 2/8/13)
Otter: ‘I don’t hope anybody but me runs for governor’ (Spokesman-Review, 2/8/13)
Exchange looms as Otter faces potential 2014 fight (AP, 2/8/13)
Labrador returns to Statehouse for health plan fight (Idaho Statesman, 2/7/13)

More heat: Idaho GOP chairman says party’s opposition to health exchange ‘irrefutable’ (Idaho Statesman, 2/7/13)
Gov. Otter’s health insurance exchange plan moves forward (StateImpact/Idaho, 2/7/13)
Did Otter really never lobby Legislature while he was in Congress? (Idaho Statesman, 2/7/13)
Testimony: ‘Mr. Otter now owns Obamacare,’ ‘Keep millions in Idaho,’ ‘Liberty in jeopardy’ (Spokesman-Review, 2/7/13)
In Idaho, fewer guns is hardly an option (Idaho Statesman, 2/6/13)
Idaho’s personal property tax: A spirited debate (Idaho Statesman, 2/5/13)
Budget cuts forced Idaho AG to hire outside help (AP, 2/5/13)
The 2014 governor’s race rumor-o-rama (Idaho Statesman, 2/5/13)
COMMENTARY: How long will Labrador’s magic last? (Idaho Statesman, 2/5/13)
Gov. Otter: Lawmakers may not come up with a personal property tax plan this year (StateImpact/Idaho, 2/5/13)
Debate over gun control is one-sided in Idaho (New York Times, 2/4/13)

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