Archive for the 'Idaho 08' Category

Filing Closes in Idaho and Montana

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Within the last few days filing closed in a couple of mountain west states.  Idaho probably featured the most bizarre sequence of events surrounding a filing deadline of any state so far.  Hal Styles, Jr., who has never lived in the state, filed in the Republican primary.  Both Kent Marmon and rancher Rex Rammell quit […]

Risch Enters Senate Race

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch declared his candidacy for the seat being vacated by embattled Sen. Larry Craig.  Risch joins Rex Rammell in the race, but is the prohibitive Republican frontrunner now that Rep. Mike Simpson has taken himself out of consideration.
Risch is a conservative who focuses largely on limited government and secure borders.  Unlike Rep. […]

Craig Staying Put, Retiring At Term’s End

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Hours after a Minnesota judge ruled that Sen. Larry Craig could not withdraw his guilty plea, Sen. Larry Craig released a statement saying that he would retire at the end of his term rather than immediately.
While the incident in the airport restroom was, in my view, overblown, and I think that the Republican “Leadership” should […]

Craig Staying Put… For Now

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has decided that he will not resign from the Senate until a Minnesota judge rules on whether he can withdraw his guilty plea.  The decision means that Gov. Butch Otter and those whom he had interviewed for a potentially open seat will have to put their plans on hold.  A decision […]

Craig Reconsidering

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Thanks in part to a phone call he received from Sen. Arlen Specter, embattled Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign from the Senate at the end of this month.  Craig announced his intent to resign, but did not actually resign or file any paperwork to do so.  Craig has hired a crack legal […]

Craig Heading Out at End of September

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig will announce his resignation tomorrow, effective September 30.  That runs the clock out to the end of the third quarter and will allow now Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, Craig’s likely replacement, a month to get his affairs in order and buy him three months to file an FEC report, as the third […]

Dead Man Walking

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Since the news of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest broke yesterday, he has had a disastrous press conference, been removed from his committee assignments, had at least three elected officials call for his resignation, and seen a poll that says that a majority of Idahoans want him to resign.  That’s not death by a thousand cuts.  It’s more […]

“Senator Larry Craig Caught With His Pants Down”

Monday, August 27th, 2007

No, that’s not my headline.  It’s the Nation’s.  Yes, we have yet another Republican sex scandal.  As if Senator Vitter’s six year old excapades weren’t bad enough, Sen. Larry Craig has piled on.  While Craig’s activities on their own fall into the same category as Vitter’s, they are politically much more damaging for a number […]

Stop the Fratricide

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Last week, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced that he plans to run for Senate regardless of whether Sen. Chuck Hagel runs for reelection.  Oregon tax activist Bill Sizemore is mulling a primary challenge of his own against Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith.  Now, retired Lt. Col. Joe Repya is publicly considering a primary challenge to […]

LaRocco Enters Idaho Race

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Former Rep. and failed Lt. Gov. candidate Larry LaRocco appears set to enter the Idaho Senate race.  LaRocco has stated that his goal is to raise $5 million to take on Sen. Larry Craig, or the GOP replacement candidate should Craig call it quits.  Should Craig choose to leave the Senate, this presents a serious […]