Butch Otter http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-politicians-walk-careful-line-debate-over-bergdahl-release <p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/13/321566455/bergdahl-back-in-the-u-s-to-continue-recovery" target="_blank">arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday</a> to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW, except among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:46:55 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47041 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Ask Idaho To Pay Their Court Costs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-plaintiffs-ask-idaho-pay-their-court-costs <p></p><p>Four couples who successfully sued Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter over the state's gay marriage ban are now asking to be reimbursed for nearly half a million dollars of attorney fees and other court costs.</p><p></p><p>The group filed a motion in Boise's U.S. District Court on Tuesday asking that the state be ordered to pay more than $467,000 for the expenses associated with bringing the lawsuit.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:37:47 +0000 Associated Press 46099 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Ask Idaho To Pay Their Court Costs 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer Maker To Give Some Proceeds To Gay Rights Groups http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/little-bitch-otter-beer-maker-give-some-proceeds-gay-rights-groups <p>The brewery we told you about two weeks ago that's fermenting a <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer">batch of political commentary</a> plans to give a portion of its proceeds from <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer">"Little Bitch Otter" beer</a> to gay rights groups.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:27:05 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 46037 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer Maker To Give Some Proceeds To Gay Rights Groups Idaho Opting Out Of Federal Prison Rape Law http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-opting-out-federal-prison-rape-law <p></p><p>Several states, including Idaho, are refusing to comply with a federal law designed to reduce sexual assaults in prison, with governors criticizing the Prison Rape Elimination Act as an unfunded mandate that replaces good intentions with red tape.</p><p>The governors of Idaho, Texas, Indiana, Utah and Arizona have informed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that they won't try to meet the federal prison rape standards. Governors were required to certify by May 15 that their states either met the standards, or to promise that they were actively working toward that goal.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:57:46 +0000 Associated Press 45863 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Opting Out Of Federal Prison Rape Law After Winning Urban Areas, Fulcher Says He Lost Idaho's Governor Primary With Rural Voters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/after-winning-urban-areas-fulcher-says-he-lost-idahos-governor-primary-rural-voters <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter won his Republican primary Tuesday night, making him the first GOP governor since 1962 to win his party’s nomination three times in a row. Otter's victory wasn't a landslide, his main primary opponent, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, gave the longtime Republican politician a run for his money.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:49:15 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 45707 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org After Winning Urban Areas, Fulcher Says He Lost Idaho's Governor Primary With Rural Voters Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Wins GOP Nomination For Third Term Bid http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gov-butch-otter-wins-gop-nomination-third-term-bid <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter barely cinched the GOP gubernatorial nomination, winning about 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.</p><p>Otter will face Democrat A.J. Balukoff in November as he bids for a third term in office.</p><p>The GOP gubernatorial race was tight, with tea party favorite Sen. Russ Fulcher lagging by only about 13,000 votes with 92 percent of precincts reporting very early Wednesday morning. But the governor left the GOP celebration in Boise early, without making a statement and before the race had been called.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:38:41 +0000 Associated Press 45686 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Wins GOP Nomination For Third Term Bid Gay Marriage Must Remain On Hold In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-must-remain-hold-idaho <div><div><p>A federal appeals court says no same-sex marriages will be allowed in Idaho until an appeal is decided.</p><p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a request for a stay from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.</p><p>The decision means that despite a recent ruling overturning Idaho's gay marriage ban, same-sex couples can't get married or have their marriages recognized until the 9th Circuit or U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to let the ruling stand.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:16:34 +0000 Associated Press 45650 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Marriage Must Remain On Hold In Idaho 5 Things To Watch In The Idaho Primary Election http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/5-things-watch-idaho-primary-election <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">WHAT'S AT STAKE? In Idaho, the primary election is often the most fiercely fought contest between candidates. The winners of the GOP primary almost always go on to win in November as they usually don't face serious opposition from Democrats.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:51:51 +0000 Associated Press 45552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 5 Things To Watch In The Idaho Primary Election Idaho Governor Ombudsman Order Changed At The Last Minute http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-ombudsman-order-changed-last-minute <p></p><p>Public records from Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office show that an executive order creating a new public records ombudsman had to be scaled back at the last minute over concerns it could step on existing law.</p><p>Otter issued the executive order late last month, naming Cally Younger the new ombudsman and calling on her to create an annual report detailing public record requests and denials. The move was in response to a request from the Newspaper Association of Idaho, which wanted an option to appeal denied requests without going to court.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:30:23 +0000 Associated Press 45525 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Ombudsman Order Changed At The Last Minute Idaho Brewery Gets Political With 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer <p>An Idaho brewery is wading into political commentary with a new beer dubbed "Little Bitch Otter," which appears to take a shot at Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.</p><p>The logo, made by Crooked Fence Brewing co-owner and marketing director Kelly Knopp, features an otter wearing a tie and cowboy hat.</p><p>"Anyone that is going to try to take away freedoms or not let someone be equal, Crooked Fence is against," says Knopp.</p><p>Knopp wouldn't be more specific on why their political cartoon appears to put Gov. Otter in the cross hairs, although the timing seems deliberate.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:54:45 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 45429 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Brewery Gets Political With 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer As America Laughs, Host Of Wacky Idaho Debate Has No Regrets http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/america-laughs-host-wacky-idaho-debate-has-no-regrets <p>Idaho Public Television host Melissa Davlin says she doesn’t blame <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-idahos-governor-wouldnt-debate-without-2-perennial-election-losers">Idaho’s governor for insisting</a> that long-shot candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes be invited to participate in this week’s GOP gubernatorial debate.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:45:01 +0000 Scott Graf 45405 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As America Laughs, Host Of Wacky Idaho Debate Has No Regrets Idaho's Republican Candidates For Governor Square Off In Colorful Debate http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-republican-candidates-governor-square-colorful-debate <p></p><p>Four candidates vying for the Idaho GOP gubernatorial nomination faced off Wednesday evening in their only scheduled debate, tackling the economy, state control of federal lands and the Affordable Health Care Act.</p><p>Two-term Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is challenged by Sen. Russ Fulcher, Walt Bayes and Harley Brown.</p><p>During the Idaho Public Television debate, Brown colorfully described the group as a cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker and a normal guy, referring to Otter, Bayes, himself and Fulcher respectively.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 03:57:02 +0000 Associated Press 45286 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Republican Candidates For Governor Square Off In Colorful Debate Idaho Congressman Endorses Challenger Russ Fulcher For Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressman-endorses-challenger-russ-fulcher-governor <p></p><p>Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher is the latest nominee to secure an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.</p><p>The Idaho congressman announced Monday he would support Fulcher, who is hoping to unseat two-term Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. This is the third endorsement Labrador has made in Idaho's primary statewide election race. He's also endorsed Todd Hatfield, who is challenging incumbent state Controller Brandon Woolf, and state Rep. Lawerence Denney, who is running for Secretary of State.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:52:12 +0000 Associated Press 45113 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressman Endorses Challenger Russ Fulcher For Governor Listen: Gov. Otter Says His Primary Challenge Is A Battle For "Heart And Soul" Of Idaho's GOP http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/listen-gov-otter-says-his-primary-challenge-battle-heart-and-soul-idahos-gop <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. C.L. “Butch” Otter says no matter what, the Affordable Care Act, or </span>Obamacare as it's known,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was coming to Idaho. &nbsp;</span></p><p>“Because if we hadn’t [have] established our own state exchange, we would have had Obamacare in Idaho,” he says. “We didn’t have a choice. We were going to have an exchange in Idaho. We were going to have the Obamacare exchange in Idaho or we were gonna have [an]&nbsp; Idaho exchange in Idaho.”</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Scott Graf 44735 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Listen: Gov. Otter Says His Primary Challenge Is A Battle For "Heart And Soul" Of Idaho's GOP Listen: Fulcher Paints Otter As GOP Outsider In Race For Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/listen-fulcher-paints-otter-gop-outsider-race-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Russ </span>Fulcher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says incumbent </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. C.L. “Butch” Otter no longer represents the heart of Idaho's Republican Party. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Fulcher<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membershipSingle.cfm?ID=82">state senator</a> from Meridian, has been on the campaign trail since late November spreading that message. He’s the tea party candidate trying to unseat a longtime cowboy politician he says has a political “machine” behind him.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Scott Graf 44666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Listen: Fulcher Paints Otter As GOP Outsider In Race For Governor Idaho Governor Otter Unveils New Economic Development Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-otter-unveils-new-economic-development-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is launching an initiative he says will boost economic development using planning collaboration but not much spending.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Associated Press 44594 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Otter Unveils New Economic Development Plan Idaho Governor Appoints Public Records Ombudsman http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-appoints-public-records-ombudsman <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed a public records ombudsman to review how state agencies handle records requests and to look at ways to improve Idaho's public records laws.</p><p>Cally Younger, the associate attorney for the governor's office, is filling the post, Otter announced Wednesday.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Associated Press 44029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Appoints Public Records Ombudsman Gov. Otter Signs Tax Incentive Bill To Lure Businesses To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-signs-tax-incentive-bill-lure-businesses-idaho <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is backing legislation aimed at creating jobs and bringing business to Idaho.</p><p>Otter on Thursday signed the bill into law that refunds up to 30 percent of state corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and sales taxes to businesses that create a certain number of new jobs.</p><p>The measure mandates workers must be paid wages that at least match the county average.</p><p>The bill hit some speed bumps during the session, drawing the ire of small business owners who said the tax breaks give an unfair edge to their larger competitors.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:43:15 +0000 Associated Press 42898 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Signs Tax Incentive Bill To Lure Businesses To Idaho Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/removed-idaho-education-task-force-one-member-cries-foul <p>A member of Idaho’s '<a href="http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/board_initiatives/education_improvement_taskforce/taskforce_jump.asp" target="_blank">Task Force for Improving Education</a>' has been kicked out of the group. Mike Lanza says he was told it was because he went to work for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Democratic challenger.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42831 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-agriculture-industry-happy-2014-legislature <p></p><p>Idaho's farmers, ranchers and producers say they're happy with the outcome of the 2014 Legislature.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1i1yyJk" target="_blank">The Capitol Press</a> reports a lot of things went right for the agricultural industry during the 74-day session, where numerous industry-boosting bills found a foothold.</p><p>That included the Agriculture Security Act, a dairy-backed bill that punishes those who film agricultural operations, and is designed to protect farmers from spying activists.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:17:02 +0000 Associated Press 42528 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature