Statesman editorial endorsements, under one roof

Twenty-two hours until the polls open. Here are all the links to the Statesman's endorsements.

Propositions 1, 2 and 3: Vote no on Proposition 1, the collective bargaining law; vote yes on Proposition 2, the teacher merit pay law; vote no on Proposition 3, the school technology law.

Constitutional amendments: Vote no on HJR 2 (the right to hunt, fish and trap); vote yes on SJR 102 (jurisdiction over probation).

Off by one: Melaleuca ad misstates Statesman position on ed laws (UPDATED, 10:21 a.m.)

In its latest full-page ad touting the Students Come First education overhaul, Melaleuca erroneously said the Statesman endorses Proposition 1, a rewrite of the teacher collective bargaining process.

We did not. The Statesman endorsed Proposition 2, the teacher merit pay law, but opposed Prop 1.

Here's a link to our Oct. 28 editorial on the three laws.

In an interview this morning, Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said he reviewed the ad's content in advance. "It's our fault."

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Idaho health exchange: Let's put public interest ahead of politics

Here is a draft of our Sunday editorial.

It didn’t get the attention it deserved amid the elections — the silly season.

But Oct. 26 may have marked the launch of the reason season, at least where Idaho and health insurance is concerned.

A panel of gubernatorial appointees voted 10-2 to recommend a nonprofit, state-based health exchange — an online marketplace where small businesses and individuals can shop for insurance.

Not a minute too soon. And just in the nick of time.

The trench battles: Boise's legislative battlegrounds

It is all small change, relative to the record-shattering $6.2 million multimedia aerial war over Propositions 1, 2 and 3.

But some of the local legislative fundraising numbers are intriguing — and indicative of trench battles in local politics:

• Through Oct. 21, Democrat Betty Richardson has raised $96,646 in the open Senate race in West Boise’s legislative District 15.

• In that same period, District 15 GOP Senate candidate Fred Martin has raised $67,957 — an overwhelming sum in almost all legislative races, save this one.

Want to talk elections? You'll have two chances

Want to talk elections — before the big day, and while watching the results roll in?

Have I got a deal for you.

I’ll be hosting two online chats Monday and Tuesday at my blog. If you’re a BSU fan, you may have seen what my colleagues Brian Murphy and Chadd Cripe do with their weekly Bronco chats. Now it’s our turn to talk political football.

Come by from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday with your last-minute questions. We’ll open the Election Night chat at 9 p.m., after the Idaho polls close. And like any good party, we’ll keep it going until things show signs of winding down.

Otter: Props 1, 2 and 3 will ensure quality Idaho schools for generations

Gov. Butch Otter is making a late pitch for Idaho voters to uphold Propositions 1, 2 and 3 — the K-12 overhaul he signed into law 19 months ago.

In a guest opinion today, sent out by Yes for Idaho Education, Otter made his appeal that mixed the political and the personal.

An excerpt:

Education Voters of Idaho: 'We intended to be a social welfare organization'

John Foster of Education Voters of Idaho shared with reporters the following letter, sent to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.

In it, Foster and fellow EVI co-founder Debbie Field said the group is still considering an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court — but decided to comply with District Judge Michael Wetherell's order to release its list of donors.

Field and Foster again downplayed the notion that EVI was political in nature.

On Halloween, Education Voters of Idaho is unmasked

UPDATED, 4:42 p.m., to reflect that Foster was a former campaign manager to Minnick.

Nine days ago, when they were arguing for their donors’ secrecy, Debbie Field and John Foster painted themselves as champions of the little guy.

Buyer (or renter) beware: the fine print behind the laptop deal

When Gov. Butch Otter and state superintendent Tom Luna announced the state’s Students Come First laptop deal, they wanted you to take away this one number: $292.77.

That was the per-unit cost announced last week — and, at first blush, it sounds like the state got a bargain.

Jimmy Farris: Labrador has squandered district's voice on budget

By aligning with the Republican Party's right wing, incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador is ineffective on the budget issues facing the nation, Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris says.

Here's an excerpt from Farris' rebuttal to our congressional endorsements.

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