The only thing worse than a bad politician is a good one--at least for reporters and opinion columnists. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is a one of the worst (best) examples. Progressive, enthusiastic, no-nonsense, accessible, even pretty funny, it's hard for Boiseans to find much fault with hizzoner. Surprised to find a mayor in Idaho who backs LGBT rights, believes in mass transit and rides his bikes all over the place? So are we, but we're damn glad to have him. Call us Bielievers.
Second Place: Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter
Third Place: Nicole LeFavour