C.L. "Butch" Otter

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AP: Balukoff Outspending Otter on TV Ads

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Democratic contender for governor A.J. Balukoff has outspent incumbent Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on television ads, Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press reports.

The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity released an analysis of political television ads Wednesday that concluded that Balukoff had spend more than $500,000 on some 2,800 statewide television advertisements by Sept. 8. During the same period, Otter spent almost $121,000 on more than 500 political television ads.

The analysis determined that the ads have not attacked the candidates' opponents. The report did not include information about radio, online or direct mail ads, nor did it include information about money spent on local cable channels or production costs, and full political ad spending may be much higher for both candidates. 

According to the report, spending on television ads is sharply higher this campaign season than it was in 2010, when Idaho gubernatorial candidates spent a total of $161,440 for 1,391 ads.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

AP: Governor's Panel Recommends Medicaid Expansion

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

A governor-appointed panel is recommending a Medicaid expansion in the Gem State, the Associated Press reports.

The 15-member working group appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter voted Aug. 15 to submit its recommendation to Otter, but its members are concerned that the recommendation will be ignored by the governor, who, in his January State of the State address, announced his steadfast opposition to expanding Medicaid.

This is the second time the group has recommended an expansion of the coverage program for the working poor—the first was in 2012—and House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, said that Medicaid has become a politically toxic issue that's unlikely to be received favorably by lawmakers.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Interstate Highway Speed Limits to Change Next Week

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Traveling through some parts of Idaho is about to get a little faster.

Starting Tuesday, July 1, speed limits on rural stretches of interstates 15, 84 and 86 will increase to 80 mph for passenger automobiles—that's up from the 75 mph speed limit instituted in 1996—and 70 mph for trucks. 

The changes do not affect the 65 mph speed limits between Caldwell and east Boise, nor similar limits in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. 

The speed limit increase was approved by the Idaho Legislature this year and signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter March 18. Part of the law allows for speed limit increases on state highways to 70 mph, though those increases will take effect at a later date pending engineering studies.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Governor's Cup Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

This year's Governor's Cup award winners. - GOVERNOR'S CUP/SARAH FURIMAN
  • Governor's Cup/Sarah Furiman
  • This year's Governor's Cup award winners.

With the cost of attending college at an all-time high, "college tuition" might as well be a four-letter word. But for 23 high-school students from across Idaho, the burden of attendance just got a little lighter.

On June 17, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the 23 recipients of the Governor's Cup Scholarships. Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the winners, all future attendees of Idaho colleges and universities, will receive $3,000 per year for demonstrated commitments to public service, academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

Here are the winners:

Academic scholarships for four-year programs: 

Margarita Alcaraz – Caldwell High School – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Matthew Brink – Orofino High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Sydney Cornell – Genesee High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Raven Crossley – Mountain Home High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Natasha Dacic – Boise High School – Attending the College of Idaho

Lydia Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Rexburg – Attending BYU-Idaho

Sadie Heindel – Middleton High School – Attending Boise State University

Sarah Hibbert – Century High School, Pocatello – Attending Idaho State or BYU-Idaho

Sam Jacobson – Borah High School, Boise – Attending Boise State University

Mikaela Jenson – Firth High School, Basalt – Attending BYU-Idaho

Cameron Kirk – Lewiston High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Ryleigh Moore – Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian – Attending Boise State University

Abbey Olsen – Preston High School – Attending Idaho State University

Shaleeni Prasad – Nampa High School – Attending Boise State University

Jaycee Rade – Coeur d’Alene High School, Hayden – Attending the University of Idaho

Clayton Schoessler – Bliss High School – Attending Boise State University

Leslie Thompson – Parma High School, Greenleaf – Attending the University of Idaho

Jade Tyler – Parma High School, Parma – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Caleb Williams – North Gem High School, Bancroft – Attending Idaho State University

Allysha Yasuda – Fruitland High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Professional Technical two- and three-year programs:

Skyler Badertscher – Timberlake High School, Athol – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Nathan Haight – Highland School, Craigmont – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Jordan Peterson – Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian – Attending the College of Western Idaho
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Otter in Colorado for Governor's Conference to Mull Water, Emissions and Sage-Grouse

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will be visiting the idyllic setting of the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week—the scene for the annual Western Governors Association meeting.

Otter will be comparing notes with governors from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The proposed Endangered Species Act protection of the greater sage-grouse is expected to be a hot top in this week's session, along with water scarcity and oil and gas development.

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is set to give a keynote speech later today on drought, wildfires and other issues. Later this week, Otter and his fellow governors will hear from Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is expected to get friction from some governors over her announcement last week that launches an aggressive campaign to curb emissions from power plants.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Otter Corrals Idaho Republican Elite Into Re-Election Roundup

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter pulled out the GOP Statehouse elite in announcing his statewide re-election organization, including Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Idaho House and Senate Republican leadership.

Otter announced that his campaign co-chairs would be Freda Cenarrusa, widow of former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarussa, and Cenarussa's successor and current SOS Ysursa, who has already announced that he would not seek re-election later this year. Pete Cenarussa died in September 2013.

Additionally, Otter announced that his legislative leadership co-chairs for his campaign would include House Speaker Scott Bedke, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Butch Otter's Unhappy Anniversary

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Sunday may have been a day that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter would rather forget.

Twenty years ago, newspapers throughout Idaho ran front page headlines saying that Otter—who was then the state's lieutenant governor—had been convicted of a misdemeanor DUI on March 10, 1993.

In 1992, Otter was stopped by law enforcement on I-84 near Meridian for suspicion of driving under the influence. Otter had claimed that he was reaching for his cowboy hat, leading him to swerve his vehicle. But after Otter failed field sobriety tests, he said that he had hurt his knee and that he had soaked his chewing tobacco in Jack Daniels.

When Otter was convicted in 1993, he was sentenced to a 30-day suspension of driving privileges, 72 hours of community service and 16 hours in an alcohol treatment program.

"It may well be the end of my political career," Otter told reporters at the time.

But Otter went on to win re-election as lieutenant governor in 1994 and 1998, before becoming a U.S. congressman in 2001 and Idaho's chief executive in 2007.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

CDA Press: Governor Tells Supporters He'll Seek Third Term

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Though he has another full three years remaining in his current term, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter reportedly told a group of about 200 people last night that he had his eye on a third term.

According to today's Coueur d'Alene Press:

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced to a Governor’s Ball crowd of about 200 Wednesday night in Coeur d’Alene that he’ll seek re-election in 2014, The Press has learned.

Sources told The Press that Otter twice confirmed to the audience that he will be on the 2014 ballot for governor.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kreizenbeck Leaving Otter's Staff

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM

The Associated Press reported this morning that Jason Kreizenbeck, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's chief of staff, is leaving the governor's office "to pursue other professional interests."

Kreizenbeck took over the position in November 2007, following eight years at Micron, where he served as state government coordinator and director of government affairs. Before joining Micron, Kreizenbeck worked as deputy campaign manager and finance director for Rep. Mike Simpson and was a field director for Gov. Phil Batt's campaign. He also worked in the Idaho Legislature as a lobbyist for a variety of clients.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Otter takes Oath at High Noon, Begins Second Term

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

A little more than one minute. That's about how long it took for Clement Leroy "Butch" Otter to take the oath of office and begin a second term as Idaho's Chief Executive.


Before a select few guests and family, Otter took the oath from U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in a noontime private ceremony in the Governor's Ceremonial Office at the Capitol. First Lady Lori Otter held the Bible while her husband recited 46 words and officially began another four-year term. A public inaugural is slated for the steps of the Capitol at noon on Friday, Jan. 7.


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