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Guv's budget chief: 'Not much money to do anything new'
Jani Revier, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, "We expect a conservative budget that doesn't over-commit."
Tue Dec 10, 2013
IEA Endorses Education Reforms
In the days leading up to the 2014 legislative session, groups are coming out in support of Gov. Butch Otter's task force for reforming education.
Christie Meets Christa
Coeur d'Alene School Board Vice Chairwoman Christa Hazel whispers something to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a break in the action at the fundraiser for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Friday night.
Dem candidate for governor has vast personal wealth
The personal wealth of Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff is vast, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey reports this morning, and Balukoff has been very open about it, including his ability to at least partially self-fund his campaign; he has that in common with current Gov. Butch Otter, a multi-millionaire who in August forgave a ... (more)
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Livestock producers vote to raise assessments to pay for wolf control
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation members have voted to raise the state brand renewal fee by $25 to increase funding for wolf-control efforts by Idaho Wildlife Services, the Capital Press reports.
Otter: Poll to explore highway tax support
Dec. 08--Gov. Butch Otter says he must have a show of public support for increasing revenue for roads and bridges before he'll support such a plan.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Chris Christie at Idaho Rally: 'Butch Otter and I Became Best Friends'
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both presumably seeking to increase their political fortunes, teamed up Friday night in a North Idaho rally.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Idaho campaigns feature stars: Christie for Otter; 'Duck Dynasty' ...
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. Sure, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is bringing in GOP political star Chris Christie for a fundraiser tonight at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, but former House Speaker Lawerence Denney has stars of his own headed to Idaho for a fundraiser for his campaign for secretary of state.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Chris Christie leaves for Oklahoma Thursday, raising ire of Democrats and gay rights activists
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie leaves late Thursday afternoon for his first out-of-state fundraising trip as chairman of the Republican Governors Association - and liberal groups have noticed.
Dems unveil ed reform bills to back task force, Luna signs on
Idaho House and Senate Democrats were joined by GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna today as they unveiled four bills designed to implement the 20 recommendations of Gov. Butch Otter's education stakeholders task force.
Democrat A.J. Balukoff launches Idaho governor campaign - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 PST
A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho on Tuesday, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule have hurt the state's education system and economy and created a "pay-to-play culture that leaves regular Idahoans on the outside looking in."
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Otter campaign responds to Balukoff announcement in guv's race
Gov. Butch Otter's re-election campaign released this statement today in response to the announcement from A.J. Balukoff that he'll run for Idaho governor as a Democrat: "While others campaign and consider their options, Governor Otter is busy governing and continuing to position Idaho at the forefront of growth, job creation and freedom.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
Balukoff schedules Tuesday announcement regarding possible run for governor
Longtime Boise School Board member A.J. Balukoff, a businessman, retired CPA and community volunteer, has scheduled an announcement for tomorrow morning on his decision regarding a possible run for governor as a Democrat.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Idaho business leaders ramp up push for education reforms
Concerned about where Idaho's education system is headed, dozens of Idaho CEOs have banded together to push for reforms and improvements, from boosting reading instruction in early grades to finding ways to get more Idaho kids to continue their education after high school.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Edit: Fulcher Needs To Give Solutions
Not counting today, Sen. Russ Fulcher has 175 days to convince Idaho Republicans to dump a well-funded Gov. Butch Otter in next May's primary if and when the governor announces he is running.
Otter wants applications for state Board of Ed opening by Dec. 9
Gov. Butch Otter is asking anyone interested in the opening on the state Board of Education to apply by Dec. 9, a week from next Monday.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Governor finds major ally on grouse, power line
Idaho Republican Gov. Butch Otter had a single request for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell when they met in Washington in late October.
When history rhymes: A look back at the last time an Idaho guv was defeated in the primary...
In his Johnson Post blog, Marc Johnson offers an interesting take today on the historical parallels between this year, when two-term Gov. Butch Otter faces a primary challenge from a member of an insurgent wing of the Idaho Republican Party, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, to 1966, when popular three-term GOP Gov. Robert E. Smylie faced a similar ... (more)
Fulcher Announces Guv Run
Idaho Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Boise, leaves the Kootenai County airport terminal en route to his plane to fly from Coeur d'Alene after telling a gathering that he's running for governor.