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Can't We All Just Get Along?

Candidates line up for Catholic dinner


After some kibitzing about debates with his opponent, Gov. Jim Risch has at least confirmed one appearance alongside Larry LaRocco, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Risch had tried unsuccessfully to change the format for a series of debates with LaRocco--he'd asked the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters to allow a set of individual speeches, not man-to-man debates--the two now have a stage to share. But they'll do it nicely: the Loaves and Fishes Dinner, scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Grove Hotel, is known to be a light-hearted and non-partisan event.

Risch and LaRocco will be joined by gubernatorial candidates Butch Otter and Jerry Brady, and all four will get the treatment by Father Thomas Faucher, pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

"I'm going to tell stories on all of them, stories that are true or should be true," Faucher said in a statement.

But it's not cheap to hear candidates attempt to play nice: Tickets for the fundraiser, which benefits the Catholic Charities of Idaho, are $100.