Butch Otter

Idaho Legislative Session
5:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Idaho Child Support System At Risk

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter says the state has less than 60 days to become compliant with federal regulations, or the state's ability to process out-of-state child support payments would be in jeopardy.

Just before the 2015 legislative session ended last week, members of a House committee killed a bill to bring Idaho into compliance. Otter says the state must do something, but says he isn't ready to call a special legislative session.

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Instant Horse Racing
3:40 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Idaho Governor Vetoes 'Instant Racing' Repeal, Override Fails

The Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho, is one of three locations that have installed 'instant racing' machines since 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:21 am

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has vetoed a repeal of so-called “instant horse racing” and has asked Idaho lawmakers to come up with a different strategy for dealing with the gambling machines in the state.

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Government And Politics
4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Idaho Democrats Say Otter's Budget Proposals Sound Familiar

Idaho's Democratic lawmakers delivered their response to the governor's state of the state address on Tuesday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 3:19 pm

Idaho Democrats predict more common ground than usual at the state Capitol this year.

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Idaho State of State
5:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Idaho Governor Calls For Reversal Of Recession-Era Cuts To Schools

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters after his state of the state address on Monday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:08 pm

The governor of Idaho said now that the state's economy is looking up, it's time to reverse the some of the belt-tightening measures made during the recession.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
6:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Gay Marriage May Have Rallied Idaho Republicans Around Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at a campaign stop in Post Falls in October.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. It’s a break with the trend in most courts.

That could provide a legal opening for Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who has vowed to continue the fight against gay marriage in his state. The issue may have even helped him win re-election.

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Election 2014
7:18 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Quick Results - Your Easy Reference To Last Night's Important Votes

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Initiative 594 - Passed. This initiative will require background checks for all gun sales, including private sales and gun shows.

Initiative 591 - Failed. It would have limited background checks in Washington.

Initiative 1351 - Still too close to call. If it passes it will limit class sizes in Washington.

Dan Newhouse leads Clint Didier in the 4th District Congressional Race.

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Government And Politics
4:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

National GOP Group Drops $500K Into Idaho Governor's Race

TV cameras focus on Idaho Governor Butch Otter (top left) and Democrat A.J. Balukoff (top right) at the gubernatorial debate in Coeur d'Alene on October 3.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

New campaign finance reports showed a national Republican group has spent more than $500,000 trying to re-elect Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho.

Much of that money has gone to television ads. The spending suggests the Republican governor faces a tougher than expected challenge this year from his wealthy Democratic opponent.

Democrat A.J. Balukoff has been running as a centrist businessman focused on education who backed Mitt Romney for president. It's an image the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association seeks to shatter in its just unveiled political ad.

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Idaho Gubernatorial Debate
7:47 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Dis Washington’s Legal Pot

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Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday. Idaho has not legalized pot in any form, unlike most of its neighbors. The candidates were asked if they'd be willing to change that.

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Idaho Republican Party
6:36 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Here’s What Happens Now After Judge Says Idaho Republican Party Has No Leader

Barry Peterson, left, talks with Gov. Otter the day after the GOP's May primary.
Credit Emilie Ritter-Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A judge ruled Tuesday that Barry Peterson is not the chairman of Idaho’s Republican Party and that there is no chair. Last month’s contentious state GOP convention ended without finishing any of its business including electing a new chair. Peterson maintained that meant he was still in charge. Now that the court has ruled otherwise Adam Cotterell looks at what comes next.

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Idaho Gubernatorial Primary
6:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

GOP Incumbents Fend Off Far-Right Challengers In Idaho

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher.
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Idaho's top Republican incumbents survived challenges from their more-conservative opponents last night. Governor Butch Otter won his party's gubernatorial nomination by a little over 50 percent of the vote. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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