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Idahoans for Liberty 2010 Candidate Endorsements

The big day is here.  November 2, 2010.  Time to vote 'em out!

If you are in Idaho and are unsure of which conservative candidate to choose, here is a list of endorsements from ID4L.  I personally agree with the idea that some of the candidates running under the Independent or Constitution parties would, in some cases, be better choices, but they have little chance of winning.  That, in turn, would take votes away from the Republican candidates.  The better option is to change the Republican party from within.

IDAHOANS FOR LIBERTY ENDORSEMENTS

You may notice that not every office is listed.  This might be because the candidate is unopposed, or because the two candidates are equally good, or equally bad.  Making principled endorsements is not always easy, because you have to take the races as you find them.  In many races, there is no true "pro-liberty" candidate, so a decision is made based on the ever classic "lesser-of-two-evils" method.

The Governor's race is troubling.  Butch Otter was a former libertarian stalwart, but his time in office as Governor has seemed to transform him into an establishment hack.  He has repeatedly voted against principles he once espoused.  He has on many occassions insulted, slighted, and stood against the limited government, grassroots constituency in this state that once supported him.  The third-party and independent candidates have zero chance of winning, obviously, but voting for them may help get the Democrat elected.  And would that be so bad?  ID4L will abstain from endorsing in this race.  You will have to decide what voting strategy you think is the best for this race.

The highest recommendation of support goes to the candidate in the most exciting race:  Raul Labrador.  Raul has been an ally of ID4L and helped protect our newly formed group back in 2008 as we tried to change the Republican Party from within.  Raul supports Ron Paul's "Audit the Fed" bill.  What's more important is that there may well be a tidal wave of tea party / Ron Pauler Republicans getting elected around the country, and we need to add Raul's vote in Congress to theirs.  So please make sure you get out there and vote for Raul!


US SENATE
Mike Crapo

1st CONGRESS
Raul Labrador

2nd CONGRESS
Brian Schad

GOVERNOR
(See comment above)

LT. GOVERNOR
Paul Venable

STATE CONTROLLER
Donna Jones

SUP'T OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Tom Luna

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 14, SEAT B
Reed DeMordaunt

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 15, SEAT A
Lynn Luker

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 15, SEAT B
Marvin Gardner

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 16, SENATE
Bill Eisenbarth

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 16, SEAT A
Ralph Perez

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 16, SEAT B
Lee-Mark Ruff

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 17, SENATE
Lucas Baumbach

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 17, SEAT A
Craig Thomas

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 17, SEAT B
Dan Loughery

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18, SENATE
Mitch Toryanski

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18, SEAT A
Julie Ellsworth

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18, SEAT B
Trevor Grigg

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 19, SENATE
Debra Miller

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 19, SEAT A
Jim Morland

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 19, SEAT B
John Magnan

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 21, SENATE
Russ Fulcher

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 21, SEAT A
John Vandewoude

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 21, SEAT B
Cliff Bayer

ADA COUNTY COMMISSIONER 2ND DISTRICT
Rick Yzagguire

MAGISTRATE JUDGES:  VOTE NO ON EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM

ADA COUNTY HIGHWAY DISTRICT 3
Cleveland Corder

ADA COUNTY HIGHWAY DISTRICT 4
Zeke Corder

COLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO SEAT 2
Gordon Browning

IDAHO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

S.J.R 101
YES

H.J.R. 4
NO

H.J.R. 5
NO

H.J.R. 7
NO



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