Five state legislators endorse Balukoff for governor. 

Some Democratic members of the Idaho Legislature are endorsing A.J. Balukoff to be Idaho’s next governor.  Representatives John McCrostie (D-Garden City), Sue Chew (D-Boise), and Phylis King (D-Boise), join Senators Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise), and Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise), in supporting Balukoff.

King applauded Balukoff’s values and vision. “A.J. is the best candidate in the field, so this was an easy decision for me.  His focus on fixing Idaho’s education and healthcare systems so kids and families can prosper is exactly what this state needs.” 

McCrostie said, “A.J.’s vision for turning Idaho around centers on education, and his views best reflect my passions and beliefs.”

“If we are going to turn Idaho around, we need someone in the governor’s office with strong education credentials and who knows how to implement policy in our school system that will help all of our children succeed. A.J. is that person,” Ward-Engelking said.

“I’ve known A.J. for years and I can tell you that he genuinely cares about the future of all Idahoans.  He wants to see everyone have a fair shot at success,” Chew said. 

Ahlquist announces support for Inspire Idaho. Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist has announced his endorsement and financial investment in Inspire Idaho along with the program’s Statewide App Development Roadshow.  From March 26-30, “The Experience Tour” will visit 20 Idaho cities to demonstrate app development, programming and how Idahoans can receive training to become part of the $6 trillion app development industry –- including hands-on demos of Apple Inc.’s Swift, Xcode and Playground. The events are open to the public and free of charge and can be found here.  

“I have spent years working in the private sector and have a vision and plan for an even better Idaho – a plan outlining how to bring higher paying jobs to our state and prepare Idaho kids for Idaho jobs of the future,” said Tommy Ahlquist. “Inspire Idaho is a step forward in the right direction in bringing rapid high-tech learning from industry leaders to everyone in the state – and I encourage Idahoans to take advantage of this economic opportunity.”

Inspire Idaho is a cooperative effort to eliminate barriers to free, future-ready skills development for every Idahoan who wants to participate in the rapidly growing app economy. Please visit www.InspireIdaho.org for more information.

Little promotes Idaho-based healthcare plans. Lt. Gov. Brad Little recently joined U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron at the United States Capitol for a meeting with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and White House advisors. Little called the meeting to discuss details about Idaho’s executive order which creates the opportunity for more affordable, off-exchange health care plans that will allow nearly 100,000 Idahoans, who have been priced out by Obamacare, the ability to purchase quality products at a more reasonable price. 

“After receiving the CMS letter last week, it was imperative that we get to Washington DC to further explain the direction we are taking in Idaho. In the meeting, we were able to sit face-to-face and provide significant and necessary clarifications about Idaho’s executive order and what we are trying to accomplish,” said Little. “Ms. Verma and the White House advisors had important questions that we were able to answer in detail. Before these meetings, there had been a great deal of misunderstanding between CMS and what we are pursuing in health care, but now I believe we are back on track to getting an Idaho solution for Idahoans.”

Labrador releases first TV commercial. Gubernatorial candidate Raúl Labrador is airing his first campaign TV commercial titled, “Proven.” It highlights Labrador’s conservative record serving the people of Idaho. “In contrast, his opponents have a poor record or no record defending conservative values,” said the Labrador campaign. “It also reminds voters that Labrador supported President Trump when the other candidates in this race stood silent or walked away.” 

Labrador said, “Idaho needs a proven conservative leader with the integrity to keep his promises, vigorously defend conservative principles, and make tough choices when others won’t. I am the only candidate who has a consistent record of keeping my promises to Idaho voters  and who has a conservative vision for Idaho's future.” The commercial can be viewed here.