Thirty-two Idaho delegates are in Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention. The list includes some well-known names, like Governor Butch Otter, U.S. Senator Jim Risch and former State Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko. Delegates are hosted at parties and attend special meals put on by interest groups. But it’s not all fun and games. David Adler directs the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State.
Samantha Wright asked Adler about what it means to be selected as a delegate.
Republicans meet next week in Tampa, Florida to officially nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s 2012 presidential candidate. But in one of the reddest counties in the Northwest- Kootenai County, Idaho - a public rift is pulling apart the GOP – exposing factions Republicans are struggling to unite across the nation.
There’s one event every year in Coeur d’Alene where the local Republican Party can really shine in spectacular, patriotic fashion: The Fourth of July parade.
A week after Idaho Democrats met for their annual convention in Boise, Republicans will start theirs’ today in Twin Falls. The GOP will conduct three days of meetings that’ll result in the election of new leadership, the outlining of party rules, and the selection of delegates to the national convention in Tampa.
It’s been a busy year for Idaho Republicans. They held a presidential caucus in March. In May, they held a closed primary.
The state of Idaho is now supporting Montana’s effort to keep the U.S. Supreme Court from changing that state's campaign finance laws. In all, 22 states and the District of Columbia have joined Montana's cause.
The case centers on a state’s ability to ban direct corporate spending on campaigns. Montana wants to keep that right. But the U.S. Supreme Court is mulling whether doing so would conflict with a ruling that allows unlimited corporate spending in federal campaigns.
It appears North Idaho lawmaker Phil Hart (R-Hayden) has lost his four-way primary battle in District Two. With all precincts reporting, Hart trails by 238 votes. Hart has gained notoriety for his ongoing battles with the IRS and Idaho State Tax Commission. At one point Hart stopped paying income tax saying it was unconstitutional and, though he says he pays now, he reportedly owes the state more than 50 thousand dollars and the federal government more than half a million. Two years ago, Hart won re-election with 75-percent of the vote.
Troy Rohn, candidate for House District 19, seat A, center; along with his wife, Lisa Rohn, and daughter, Taylor Rohn, 11, campaign Tuesday morning in Boise. The Idaho Republican Party closed its primary this year.
Idaho voters encountered some big changes at the polls in Tuesday's primaries. KBSX Morning Edition Host Scott Graf spoke with Boise State University Political Scientist Gary Moncrief about the changes, low turnout, the future of Idaho's closed primaries, and more. Click 'Listen' to hear their conversation.
In a closely watched Democratic race, Branden Durst beat Matthew Duncan Tuesday night in South Boise’s District 18. Durst and Duncan are against the public education reform laws known as Students Come First or what Democrats call the “Luna laws.” They both are for ethics reform, and against requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. But Durst does have a four-year history in the Idaho Legislature.
Three sitting judges will keep their seats after running unopposed in Tuesday's primary. For those who voted the unaffiliated ballot, their only choice was to vote for Supreme Court Justice Dan Eismann and Appellate Court Judges David Gratton and John Melanson. A few people chose the unaffiliated ballot than the Democratic or Republican one. That could be a problem, says Gary Moncrief. The political science professor at Boise State says fewer people are likely to vote for judges than in the other races.
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador participated in what's called "Conversations with Conservatives" Tuesday. It was the second in a new monthly event for Congress’s most conservative Republicans. Labrador is one of the organizers along with Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. Today Labrador had some advice for Mitt Romney. Labrador said if Romney gets the Republican nomination for president he’ll need help from the people involved with Conversations for Conservatives.
BOISE, ID – Idaho Republicans are getting ready for Tuesday evening’s presidential caucus. GOP leaders in each county run their own show. Canyon County’s will be held at the Idaho Center.
Once inside the main doors of the Idaho Center, every voter checks in. They must be registered as Republicans to participate. They can do so on site. Brandon Hixon is in charge of Canyon County’s GOP presidential caucus. He says each participant gets a slip of paper that allows them one token for each round of voting. This is how they’ll vote.
BOISE, ID – Voters in ten states including Idaho choose their Republican presidential candidate tomorrow as part of Super Tuesday. It’s “Super” because more than 400 delegates will be divided up. Scott Ki reports on how Idaho’s GOP delegates stack up with other states.
BOISE, Id –Idaho’s Republican Party holds its first presidential caucus Tuesday. Party leaders decided to move from a May Primary to a Super Tuesday caucus last summer. At that time Idaho’s GOP executive director Jonathan Parker said the decision came because the party was tired of candidates stopping briefly in Idaho to raise some money then leave for other states.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul wrapped up a campaign tour through the Pacific Northwest Saturday with a stop in Boise. His rally at CenturLink Arena in downtown marked his third visit to the state this week.
TWIN FALLS, ID – This week, three Republican Presidential hopefuls have been campaigning in Idaho ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6th. Rick Santorum stopped in Coeur d’Alene and Boise on Tuesday. He drew a family crowd. Ron Paul’s rally in Twin Falls Thursday drew a different one.
Congressman Ron Paul brought a mix of ages to a Twin Falls high school auditorium. Around 1300 people turned out ranging from young students to 89-year old Virginia Pratt. She has a Ron Paul campaign poster on her front lawn.
This has been the week for Republican presidential candidates to visit Idaho ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6th. Earlier in the week Rick Santorum stopped in Boise. Ron Paul was next with a visit to Twin Falls. And Friday former Massachusettes Governor Mitt Romney toured through a modular construction company in Southeast Boise and held a rally. Sadie Babits and Scott Ki were at Guerdon Enterprises. They talk with Samantha Wright about who showed up for the event and about Romney’s speech.
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd today in Boise. He spoke at Guerdon Enterprises, a modular building company on Federal Way. He covered a list of topics, from the Keystone Pipeline and military spending, to personal freedom and the national debt :
Republican hopeful Ron Paul campaigns in Idaho over the next few days. He stopped first in Twin Falls today. Scott Ki spoke with Samantha Wright about Paul’s rally in Eastern Idaho. Scott Ki is in Twin Falls where he’s been reporting on Ron Paul’s stop there.
Republican presidential candidates have Idaho on their campaign schedules ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6th. Rick Santorum arrived Tuesday to flex his conservative credentials. His visit marks the first of three stops by Republican contenders this week.
Nearly 1,300 people were on their feet Tuesday night as Rick Santorum walked on stage wearing his trademark sweater vest and cowboy boots. “I don’t know why more presidential candidates don’t come to Boise. This is pretty amazing,” Santorum told the crowd.
BOISE, ID – Two Republican Presidential hopefuls visit Idaho this week. Rick Santorum held a rally in Coeur D’Alene earlier today and campaigns tonight in Boise. On Friday, Mitt Romney comes to Boise for a fundraiser and public rally. U.S. Senator Jim Risch co-chairs the Romney campaign in Idaho. He says, “I believe Mitt Romney has a substantially better chance at beating Barack Obama than Rick Santorum does.”