Debates Go Statewide


Local TV stations took a lot of flack in past years for their handling of political debates (limiting access … not having all the candidates … ), but it looks like this year they’re at least trying to reach more voters.

KTVB Channel-7 and its parent company, Belo Corp., announced that it’s joining forces with two other stations to broadcast a series of four general election debates across the state.

KTVB will cover the southwestern and central portion of the state, while KREM Channel-2 will cover North Idaho and KIFI Channel-8 will take care of the eastern chunk of Idaho. The partnership means the debates will be available in every home in the state.

To get them out further, the debates will be available for Idaho Public Television to broadcast as well.

The Idaho governor’s race debate will be held at the College of Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 13, while the debates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House District 1 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20, respectively, at Northwest Nazarene University.

Finally, the U.S. House District 2 debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the College of Southern Idaho.