With only a few days left before the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election, when Idaho municipalities will select mayors, council members, and a number of levies or bond initiatives, things are getting a bit tense in the homestretch.
In Nampa, mayoral hopeful Melissa Sue Robinson is crying foul at Nampa's Idaho Press-Tribune for its Sunday, Oct. 27's cover story on the election by showcasing only two of the candidates. The story was called "Nampa's Big Choice," and was accompanied by a big photograph of incumbent Mayor Tom Dale and challenger Bob Henry. The problem is that there are two other candidates on the ballot: Robinson and Robert Muse. The Press-Tribune mentions Robinson and Muse but added that Dale and Henry had "captured most of prospective voters' attention."
"The Press-Tribune owes an apology to me and Muse and to its readers for such unbalanced coverage," Robinson wrote to the paper.
Meanwhile in North Idaho, a number of candidates for the Coeur d'Alene City Council are crying foul over what they said were deceptive emails sent to voters that distorted the candidates' positions.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a group called Truth North Idaho solicited opinions from candidates Steve Widmyer, Kiki Miller, Amy Evans and Woody McEvers. In particular, the group wanted to know the candidates' views on prayer at city council meetings and their positions on women's reproductive rights.
But the candidates said the group slanted the candidates' answers, while advocating for the inclusion of prayer in public meetings.
"This is hardly Truth North Idaho," Widmyer told the Press. "This is just sleazy politics. It is really disgusting."