Submitted by Dan Popkey on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 11:01am, updated on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 4:12pm
The Republican National Committee is paying for two staffers to help state Rep. Raul Labrador unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
Jonathan Parker, executive director of the Idaho GOP, said Wednesday that most of the salaries will be borne by the RNC and most of their effort will be focused on the 1st District race.
"Idaho traditionally has not received funding from the RNC to fund our general elections," Parker said. But when he learned that other states receive such assistance, he said he made the case that Minnick's winning the seat in 2008 justified RNC help.
Submitted by Cynthia Sewell on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 2:26pm
A coin toss Wednesday morning will decide the winner of the Precinct 14 committeeman and voter’s delegate race.
Two of the candidates, Hank Harris and Mark Sparling, received 35 votes each. In the case of tie for this particular race, the winning candidate is to be determined by a coin toss, according to the Secretary of State
Ada County Clerk Dave Navarro will conduct the coin toss at 8:30 a.m. at the Ada County Courthouse in the lobby between the Recorder and Treasurer's offices.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 10:59am
The Valley County Republican Central Committee meets for its biennial reorganization session Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Valley County Courthouse.
Under Idaho law, precinct committeemen elected in last week's primary must meet to organize and elect officers for the county organizations.
Other southwest Idaho meetings:
Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Gem and Owyhee counties, both at the county courthouses.
Thursday at 6 p.m.: Canyon County, at the courthouse.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 3:22pm, updated on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 3:46pm
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko spoke with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Friday on behalf of upset 1st District congressional primary winner Raul Labrador.
In an e-mail to Idaho Republicans, Semanko said Steele and the national party "will do everything they can to rally behind our candidate for Congress, Raul Labrador, as well as the rest of our ticket, top to bottom."
Semanko released the following statement from Steele:
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:39am, updated on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:40am
The prospect of the U.S. House remaining in session this weekend prompted freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick to postpone campaign kickoff events scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the campaign said Thursday morning.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:06am, updated on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:49am
In the run-up to his likely 2012 presidential candidacy, Mitt Romney on Thursday announced his endorsements and contributions to the top of the Idaho Republican ticket.
Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Mike Crapo, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson and the new 1st District nominee, state Rep. Raul Labrador, hauled in a collective $15,000 from Romney's Free and Strong America political action committee. Simpson has supported Romney's presidential hopes since 2007, when he joined the campaign's "Congressional Whip Team."
Submitted by David Staats on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 7:33am, updated on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 4:35pm
That video mashup posted Sunday by Boise legislative candidate Lucas Baumbach even drew Jay Leno's attention to western Idaho's 1st District congressional race. The comic cracked a joke about Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in his Tuesday "Tonight Show" monologue.
Submitted by Cynthia Sewell on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 4:38pm
A political mailer endorsing Republican Ada County Commissioner candidates Vern Bisterfeldt and Roger Simmons incorrectly states Bisterfeldt is the “Winner of the military’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor.”
“That’s not true. I never said that,” Bisterfeldt said. “I had nothing to do it. I don’t know who put that out,” he said Monday.
Bisterfeldt, who spent 28 years as a Boise police officer, is the recipient of the Police Medal of Honor.
Submitted by Cynthia Sewell on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:32pm, updated on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:44pm
The Ada County Treasurer’s office has confirmed Merrilyn and Joseph Rohner are the owners of record for a property with more than $1,780 in overdue property taxes from 2008 and 2009.
The house, 3204 S. Capistrano, is the same address Rohner lists in her candidacy filing for Ada County clerk.
Rohner is challenging Ada County deputy clerk Chris Rich in the Republican primary.
Rohner has not returned calls from the Idaho Statesman.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 8:32am, updated on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 9:39am
In today's edition of Politico's online chatroom,
The Arena, assistant editor Seung Min Kim focuses on Tuesday's Idaho GOP primary as a measure of Sarah Palin's clout.
"...tomorrow’s Idaho primaries could be a big test of Palin’s political acumen if Palin-backed candidate Vaughn Ward (who’s had a few missteps of late) can’t get a victory in Palin’s home state," writes Kim. "So how big is the Palin influence in 2010?"
"Does Sarah Palin matter? Do the Yankees need pitching?"