Chenoweth's daughter endorses Labrador over Ward

The daughter of the late-U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, Meg Chenoweth Keenan, is backing state Rep. Raul Labrador in Tuesday's GOP primary for the seat Chenoweth held.

Keenan was a close political advisor to her mother. She said in a campaign news release that both Labrador and Vaughn Ward are good candidates but she recommends Labrador because of his authenticity, honesty and understanding of constitutional government.

Rep. Chenoweth defeated Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco in 1994 and helped Republicans win a House majority for the first time in four decades.

Conservative news outlet pairs video of Ward, Obama, suggesting more cribbing

The online news outlet of the Idaho Freedom Foundation IdahoReporter.com has picked up on the language published on this blog last week, highlighting the similarities between then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention and GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's January 2010 campaign announcement at the Idaho Capitol.

Three veterans, including two GOP lawmakers, call on Ward to quit race

State Reps. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian and Jim Clark of Hayden Lake called on 1st District congressional candidate Vaughn Ward to withdraw from the May 25 primary.

Hagedorn, retired from the Navy, and Clark, retired from the Army, were joined by Joe Rogan, an Air Force retiree and Eagle real estate agent.

The three support Rep. Raul Labrador, Ward's opponent. They criticized Ward's conduct as a candidate who serves in the Marine Reserve. Hagedorn also wrote Ward an

Democrats plan counter-Palin event Friday, look-alike, sound-alike contests

Democrats are using Vaughn Ward's admission that he didn't have time to vote in the 2008 presidential race as the theme of their anti-Sarah Palin event, called, "I didn't vote for Sarah Palin, either."

Palin opponents will meet at The Fixx Coffee House,
244 N. 10th St., Boise. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and look-alike and sound-alike contests beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The "I didn't vote for Sarah Palin, either" Facebook page was founded by Ada County Democrats and had more than 300 friends Thursday morning.

AARP e-mail survey shows little confidence in Idaho Legislature

An e-mail survey of 531 Idaho AARP members shows little confidence in the Legislature "to tackle the issues you care most about," with 50 percent saying they are "not at all confident" and 35 percent saying they are "not very confident" in the Legislature.

NRA endorses Otter, Simpson

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund says Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson are "proven supporters of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and they need your vote to win."

The NRA's gives Otter an A+ rating and Simpson an A.

Otter faces five GOP opponents in Tuesday's primary; Simpson has three foes.

Ullman, Kemp suggest Otter may resign before year's end

Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman and former GOP Rep. Jana Kemp are speculating that GOP Gov. Butch Otter may resign.

Otter's campaign manager, Debbie Field, said the rumors are false.

Otter didn't attend Tuesday's TV debate between Ullman and Rex Rammell in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Kemp is running as an independent and also attended the debate.

Brad Iverson-Long reported the speculation about Otter stepping aside at IdahoReporter.com.

Mansfield repaying IRS $47,000 business debt

Dennis Mansfield, the spokesman for state Rep. Raul Labrador’s congressional campaign, said Wednesday he is repaying a $47,000 debt to the IRS from a business that serves former addicts.

Mansfield, who ran for the 1st Congressional District seat now being sought by Labrador in 2000, said he and his wife, Susan, are repaying the debt under a 10-year plan approved by the IRS. The liability occurred when the business was struggling and federal taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks were not paid to the IRS, Mansfield said.

Palin will raise money, speak for Ward at Boise's Qwest Arena

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. THE WARD CAMPAIGN SAYS PALIN WILL APPEAR AT QWEST AT AN 11 A.M. RALLY FRIDAY. THE RALLY WILL COST $10. A $1,000 PER PERSON PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE AT 9:30 A.M., FOLLOWED BY AN 10 A.M. VIP RECEPTION FOR $250.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at the 5,000-seat Qwest Arena when she campaigns for GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in Boise on Friday, the Statesman has learned. She is expected midday.

Meridian Chamber makes its primary selections

The Meridian Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee this week announced its endorsements for the Primary Election on May 25.
The PAC is endorsing:
Republican Nathan Mitchell for District 14 House Seat B over challengers Christopher “Mac” MacCloud and Reed DeMordaunt.
Republican Mike Vuittonet for the Senate Seat in District 20 currently held by Shirley McKague.
Shaun Wardle for District 20 House Seat A over challenger Joe A. Palmer.

Syndicate content