Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AP: Balukoff Outspending Otter on TV Ads

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Democratic contender for governor A.J. Balukoff has outspent incumbent Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on television ads, Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press reports.

The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity released an analysis of political television ads Wednesday that concluded that Balukoff had spend more than $500,000 on some 2,800 statewide television advertisements by Sept. 8. During the same period, Otter spent almost $121,000 on more than 500 political television ads.

The analysis determined that the ads have not attacked the candidates' opponents. The report did not include information about radio, online or direct mail ads, nor did it include information about money spent on local cable channels or production costs, and full political ad spending may be much higher for both candidates. 

According to the report, spending on television ads is sharply higher this campaign season than it was in 2010, when Idaho gubernatorial candidates spent a total of $161,440 for 1,391 ads.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Yates Elected Idaho GOP Chairman

Posted By on Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Steve Yates, incoming chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. - DCIADVISORY.COM
  • Steve Yates, incoming chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.
The Idaho Republican Party has a new chairman: Steve Yates.

According to the Twin Falls Times-News, Yates beat out contenders Cassia County GOP Chairman Doug Pickett and Blackfoot political activist Mike Duff in a vote held at Boise's Red Lion Hotel Aug. 2. Yates is an Idaho Falls businessman with a federal public policy background, serving as a national security assistant to former Vice President Dick Cheney. His company, D.C. International Advisory, offers political risk analysis and business intelligence services.

The contest for a new Idaho GOP chairman has been in the works since the June Idaho GOP convention in Moscow, when fissures within the party culminated in a breakdown of party leadership.

Last week, Fifth District Court Judge Randy Stoker determined that embattled Idaho GOP Chair Barry Peterson was no longer the leader of the Idaho Republican Party. Peterson, who had sued to stop the Aug. 2 meeting from happening, reportedly changed locks at the Idaho GOP's Boise office following the convention dust up in June.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

North Idaho GOP Officials: Sheriff, Not Feds, Should Enforce Guns

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

North Idaho Republican leaders say they want to empower the Kootenai County Sheriff to "prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations which violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

Simply put, they want local lawmen to have the final say on guns.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted Nov. 26 to pass the resolution on advice from the state Republican Party.

"This resolution was passed at the last state committee meeting and the intent of it is to pass it along to each county," said precinct committeeman John Cross, who presented the resolution.

Tuesday evening's meeting also saw another controversial measure surface. Nov. 24, Citydesk reported that Coeur d'Alene GOP Precinct Committeeman Matt Roetter would try to push back against his party's state committee which is calling for the abolition of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which empowers citizens to vote directly for their U.S. senators instead of state legislators.

But Roetter's effort fell on deaf ears as the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to postpone the Roetter's presentation indefinitely.

"If you vote to postpone this indefinitely, you are going to send a message to the voters that it is OK to repeal the 17th Amendment," said Roetter. "You are going to send a message saying we don't want you to vote for your U.S. senators. As elected officials, you might want to think about that."

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Eastwood Explains His Chair Speech at RNC

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

A week after his speech to the Republican National Convention, in which he spoke to an empty chair intended to represent President Barack Obama, actor Clint Eastwood explained the stunt to the local paper in his hometown of Carmel, Calif.—a town he used to serve as mayor.

From an article in the Carmel Pine Cone:

While the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.

“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”

As for what to say, Eastwood told the Pine Cone that nearly everyone had advice. But that he really didn't have a plan until he got there.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

National Committee chairman finds heaven in Idaho

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 5:36 PM

The Republicans picked a sweltering day for the grand opening of the Ada County GOP’s campaign headquarters in Meridian.

Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. (Mike) Duncan traveled from Washington D.C. to speak and officially cut the ribbon. He likened the experience to being in paradise.

“I’m proud to be in such a red state today. I wanted to come here because I wanted to know what it was gonna be like when I got to heaven,” Duncan, a Kentuckian, drawled, to crowd laughter and a couple shouted “Amen’s.”

Bill Riggs, Duncan’s regional press secretary, said the stop in Idaho was part of a Western three-state tour including Utah and Arizona.

Sid Smith, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Idaho, was contacted only a couple weeks ago by Duncan’s staff to arrange the ribbon-cutting.

“I think he figured Idaho would be a good place to come,” Smith said, “and give us a little bit of an ‘Atta-boy’ for the grass roots volunteers.”
Duncan worked this volunteerism into his short speech, saying how proud he was of Idaho “for all it’s done for the Republican party” but also—and this drew the loudest cheer of the afternoon—“because of Sarah!”

He used the opportunity to stress what he called John McCain’s leadership and experience and to lambast Barack Obama for what he called naïveté over Obama’s willingness to consider meeting with foreign leaders without preconditions.

Duncan later compared the vice presidential candidates, saying “I just love Joe Biden, because he loves to talk, he loves the sound of his own voice… And you compare that with Sarah Palin… someone who balances her family life with her professional life, and who has been a leader, who stood up to her state party in Alaska,” he said.

The Chairman used a pair of hedge clippers to cut the red ribbon. Someone had joked earlier that the decision was made on purpose, to reflect how Meridian was still “the hub of the Treasure Valley” and that the clippers symbolized “getting back to our grass roots.”

After the ceremony, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch and Duncan held a press conference. All the questions revolved around the current financial meltdown rather than on the Republican presidential or local campaigns, a marked departure from the direction of Duncan’s earlier speech.

“It is clearly a better product,” Risch said of the newest version of the bailout bill. “On Thursday it’ll be an even better product that it was yesterday.”

Duncan consistently steered his answers back to why he feels John McCain is more qualified to be the next president.

“We saw one alternative where John McCain offered leadership. He suspended his campaign, he went to Washington…because he understood that the votes were not there, that this is philosophically a very difficult vote for a lot of people,” Duncan said.

He said he didn’t see a lot of leadership out of Barack Obama, but also admitted, “I’m a partisan.”

Several local Republican legislators attended the opening, such as Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Controller Donna Jones, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Norm Semanko, the recently elected Idaho GOP chairman. Several state House and Senate candidates were also present.

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