Election Notes

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Election Notes: May 9-13

5.11.22: The election money race: a deep dive into the raw numbers I’ll be writing my weekly analysis piece Thursday on the campaign money race, heading into next week’s primary elections. But in researching the story, I dove into the sunshine reports for the statewide races — and the key legislative primaries we’ve been watching…

Election Notes: May 2-6

5.2.22: Bedke’s Statehouse endorsements underscore legislative rift In a show of support — and also a sign of discord among Statehouse Republicans — House Speaker and lieutenant governor’s candidate Scott Bedke unveiled a long list of legislative endorsements Tuesday. By the numbers: Bedke, R-Oakley, claimed endorsements from 52 Republican lawmakers. That accounts for nearly one…

Election Notes: April 25-29

4.29.22: This week in the superintendent’s race: Catch up here There’s been a lot of news in the state superintendent’s primary this week. Here’s a one-stop shop where you can get caught up: Monday: Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra and challengers Debbie Critchfield and Branden Durst squared off in a debate, aired statewide on Idaho Public…

Election Notes: April 18-22

4.19.22: It’s official: Governor’s debate is a no-go Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin could agree on this much. Neither of them wanted to show up for an Idaho Public Television debate. So the May 3 Republican gubernatorial candidates’ debate is officially off. On Friday, Little was the first candidate to back out…

Election Notes: April 11-15

4.15.22: Little refuses to debate ahead of GOP primary Gov. Brad Little is refusing to debate challengers in the runup to the May 17 Republican primary. Little has turned down two debates: one that would have aired on Idaho Public Television, and a second hosted by KTVB in Boise. The Idaho Debates — the partnership…

Election Notes: April 4-8

4.6.22: Critchfield issues list of legislative endorsements State superintendent’s candidate Debbie Critchfield is touting a list of 27 endorsements — accounting for more than a quarter of the 2022 Legislature. The list includes the four members of Senate GOP leadership: President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, Senate Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, Assistant Majority Leader Abby Lee…

Election Notes: March 28-April 1

3.31.22: Virginia-based group targets Wasden A Virginia group is wading into Idaho’s attorney general race, saying Republican incumbent Lawrence Wasden has been a no-show on several issues. Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press wrote Wednesday about the campaign from Americans for Limited Government, a libertarian-leaning, Fairfax, Va.-based group. The group has sent out campaign mailers…

Election Notes: March 21-25

3.25.22: Picking up on House floor grievances, Giddings rips ‘Business-As-Usual Bedke’ In a fundraising email this week, Republican lieutenant governor’s candidate Priscilla Giddings aired the House conservatives’ grievances against GOP House Speaker Scott Bedke. The fundraiser picks up on many themes from the House in 2022, criticizing Bedke for blocking votes on conservatives’ bills to…

Election Notes: March 14-18

3.18.22: What Rognstad’s next move? In an email to supporters Friday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate-in-limbo Shelby Rognstad said he expects his ballot status to be resolved. But he didn’t say how that might happen. “There are a lot of paths forward to continue our campaign for governor, and I’m confident that with everyone’s hard work, we…

Election Notes: March 7-11

3.11.22 (9:40 a.m.): Two House shakeups on JFAC We’ll have much more news through the day on the campaign filing front, but here’s some news on the non-filing front. The ranking House Republicans on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee are stepping down. House Chairman Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, had filed paperwork to run for a sixth term,…