2012 Election

12:37 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Delegate Status A Reward For Idahoans At GOP Convention

Ginger Howard, delegate from Georgia, claps during the opening night of the Republican National Convention on August 28.
Mallory Benedict/PBS Newshour Flickr

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.

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8:40 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Rift In Deep Red Idaho Reveals Dueling Factions In GOP

The Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July parade featured the main Kootenai County Republican Party float, followed at a distance by other factions of the party.
Duane Rasmussen

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.

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Idaho Republican Party
6:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Idaho GOP Convention Starts in Twin Falls

Jonathan Parker, Executive Director of the Idaho Republican Party
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

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. 

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3:42 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Idaho Democrats Hold State Convention This Week

Larry Grant, Chairman
Idaho Democratic Party

The Idaho Democratic Party starts its state convention Thursday in Boise. 

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2:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Idaho Joins With 21 States To Support State Sovereignty

U.S. Supreme Court
Franz Jantzen U.S. Supreme Court Website

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. 

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10:34 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Primary Results: District 2 House Race

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.

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Idaho Primary
10:16 am
Wed May 16, 2012

BSU Professor Analyzes Primary Results

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.
Katherine Jones Idaho Statesman

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.

Idaho Primary
1:07 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Durst To Face Toryanski For District 18 In November

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.  

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Idaho Primary
12:56 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Handfull Of People Decide Idaho Judicial Races

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.


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4:37 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Labrador Holds Second Conversation With Conservatives

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.

token into a candidate’s bucket
10:52 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Canyon County GOP Gets Ready For Super Tuesday

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.

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32 possible winner-take-all
10:44 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Idaho GOP Delegates: A Drop In The Presidential Nomination Bucket

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.

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first presidential caucus Tuesday
10:33 am
Fri March 2, 2012

GOP Caucus: Idaho Matters On Super Tuesday

Jonathan Parker

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.

eliminate the Department of Education
10:31 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Ron Paul Calls For One Trillion Dollar Cuts At Boise Rally

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.

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Rally in Twin Falls
4:44 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Ron Paul Draws All-Ages Crowd

Scott Ki/BSPR

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.

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stopped in Boise
10:24 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Romney Visits Idaho Ahead of Super Tuesday

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.

free rally
10:22 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Romney Speaks in Boise

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 :

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10:20 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ron Paul Swings Through Idaho

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.

Nearly 1,300 people
10:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Santorum Courts Idaho Voters

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.

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Santorum held a rally in Coeur D’Alene
9:58 am
Tue February 14, 2012

GOP Presidential Candidates Campaign In Idaho

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.”

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