Labrador hosts traditional family values discussion.

Twin Falls, ID – Republican candidate for governor Raúl Labrador will host a Traditional Family Values Discussion from 5:30 pm to 6:30pm on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Full Life Family Church - Assembly of God, 189 Locust St. N., in Twin Falls. 

Ahlquist announces mayoral endorsements. Following tours up and down the state, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist not only racked-up thousands of miles campaigning – but also the political endorsements of mayors from across the state. 

Among the mayors are Tammy DeWeerd, Meridian; Kevin B. England, Chubbuck; Darin Taylor, Middleton; Garret L. Nancolas, Caldwell; Nathan Leigh, Parma; Michael Barrett, Challis; Teddy Stronks; Ashton; Pete Weir, Hagerman; Jason Richardson, Rigby; Steve A. Bateman, Nezperce; Joan Hawkins, Malad; Kip McGillivray; Osburn; Jerry L. Merrill, Rexburg; and David Brown, Potlatch.

These Idahoans join 5 Statewide Chairs and 107 County Chairs and hundreds of coalition members in leading the efforts to elect Dr, Ahlquist as Idaho’s 33rd Governor.

In their endorsements, many of the mayors cited Ahlquist’s track-record of real-world experience – from serving as an E.R. doctor for over 18 years and as a successful businessman who’s signed the front and back of thousands of paychecks for Idahoans.  Endorsers also cited Ahlquist’s conservative Blueprint for an Even Better Idaho as the fresh approach and new ideas needed in Boise – a better alternative to the status quo career politician model Idaho has been run by for decades. 

“These mayors run cities throughout Idaho and understand first-hand how stagnant the career politician run model of Idaho state government has become,” said Ahlquist. “This team understands it’s time to look to the future – it’s time to ‘say no to the status quo’ professional politician way of doing things– and fight to bring real-world experience and a track record of vision and leadership to the Governor’s office.”

Rusche endorses Balukoff. Former Idaho House Democratic Leader John Rusche is endorsing A.J. Balukoff for Governor.  Rusche made the announcement during a meeting hosted by the Nez Perce County Democratic Party in Lewiston. “I know this is a man of great integrity, incredible intelligence and immense ability that’s willing to work really, really hard,” Rusche said.  “I’m coming out and I’m saying A.J. Balukoff will make a great Governor for the State of Idaho and he has my total support.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for John and the work he has done in the legislature,” Balukoff said.  “I am thankful to have his support and endorsement.” Rusche served in the Idaho State House of Representatives from 2004 to 2016.  He was House Minority Leader from 2008 to 2016.

Leroy supports term limits. Dave Leroy, Idaho candidate for Congress, announced that he has signed a pledge to support term limits as a member of Congress. “Members of Congress should be more linked to their constituents than to long-term careers,” Leroy said. “Limiting terms encourages more aggressive advocacy of both local interests and Constitutional principles, and may help minimize the divisiveness that gridlocks the current Congress.”

Leroy – who has served Idahoans for more than 30 years in positions including Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor signed the pledge sponsored by U.S Term Limits (USTL), a leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials. The pledge reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.”

In a press release, USTL President Philip Blumel said, “David’s support of term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to put self-interest aside to follow the will of the people. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”

Democrats oppose tax cut bill. House Bill 463, the largest tax cut in Idaho history, passed on straight party-lines with a 59-11 vote in the Idaho State House of Representatives. House Minority members opposed the bill calling it reckless, ruinous fiscal policy and a $200 million train wreck.

“Despite all evidence to the contrary and despite the fact this bill will raise taxes on families with children,” said Rep. Mat Erpelding, House Minority Leader, “Idaho’s Majority leadership continues to make every effort to turn Idaho into the next Kansas.”

House Democrats called attention to the warnings by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Office and the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy that House Bill 463 will result in families with children paying more in taxes.  They also argued that HB 463 ignores a deteriorating infrastructure, overlooks the needs of education on all levels, suicide prevention and healthcare services. Erpelding said that shifting the tax burden on to families to finance giveaways for those in the highest tax brackets and corporations flies in the face of Idaho principles.

Ahlquist applauds regulatory reform. The Ahlquist Campaign issued the following statement on the Legislature’s announcement of a ‘Regulatory Reform Subcommittee:

“Tommy applauds this legislative action and as Governor looks forward to working with the legislature to review, remove, and streamline regulations that are hamstringing Idahoans and small businesses. This action is long overdue.” –David Johnston, Campaign Manager

Labrador announces leader of pro-life coalition. Raúl Labrador announced Dixie Herring will lead his campaign’s Pro-Life Coalition.  As a coalition chair, Dixie will focus on organizing and energizing pro-life voters and sharing Raúl’s consistent record of defending life and supporting life-affirming care for women.

“Life is a divine gift from God meant to be protected.  It’s worth fighting for, and no one in the race for Governor has been a stronger champion for life than Raúl Labrador,” said Dixie Herring.  “Raúl Labrador has always sided with the pre-born, and I’m proud to lead his growing coalition of life-minded Idahoans.”

“The right to life is a fundamental right,” said Labrador.   “Throughout my public and private life, I have advocated and fought to preserve the sanctity of life.  As governor, nothing will stop me from protecting the pre-born and ensuring women have access to life-affirming care.”