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  The City Club of Boise celebrated Elinor Chehey and the many contributions to vibrant political discussion in Idaho. Elinor is an avid community volunteer, church leader, and longtime head of the Idaho League of Women Voters.


Live: Trump-Biden Final Presidential Debate

Oct 21, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their final debate Thursday night in Nashville.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

This is an encore presentation.

On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Union at England’s Cambridge University to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., America's most influential conservative intellectual.

On Wednesday and Thursday, 20 candidates will take the Democratic debate stage to talk about a wide range of policy topics. And 20 candidates times dozens of policies equals a lot to keep track of.

It's true that, these being Democratic candidates, there's a lot they all agree on — taking action on climate change, for example, or improving the health care system. But this debate is the first time we'll see them next to each other, coming into direct conflict over what, exactly, they disagree on.


The two candidates vying to replace outgoing congressman Raul Labrador met for a televised debate Monday night. Recent news events figured in their answers.

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The candidates vying to be Idaho’s next lieutenant governor met for a televised debate Wednesday night. The race for the office is a historic one – in a first, both people running for the seat are women.

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Idaho Public Television aired this weekend's political debates; State Superintendent of Public Education on Friday night and the 2nd Congressional District on Sunday. Idaho Matters breaks down the candidates' responses and how the performances will play out on Election Day.

Primary Debates

Apr 30, 2018

The 2018 primary elections are weeks away and candidates from all parties are meeting for debates. This weekend will see six major state debates and on Idaho Matters, we speak with Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television to get the Monday morning recap. 

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Debate

Apr 24, 2018

The three top Republicans vying for the party's gubernatorial nomination met to debate the issues on Monday night. U.S. Representative Raul Labrador, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and area businessman Tommy Ahlquist addressed abortion, faith healing, climate change, guns and lowering taxes.

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Boise State this weekend hosts the national championship tournament for one particular style of debate. It's the first time the International Public Debate Association has held the competition west of the Mississippi. 

Idaho Public Television

In their last meeting before Tuesday's election, three men running to be Idaho's governor wasted no time in taking shots at each other's policies and ideas. The debate, hosted by Idaho Public Television, featured incumbent Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Democrat A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian John Bujak.

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Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 7, KBSX News will broadcast a series of political election debates being produced by Idaho Public Television.

The Idaho Debates are a collaboration of the League of Women Voters, the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Public Television, and Boise State University.

Here is the schedule:

The first debate between candidates for governor of Idaho kicked off Wednesday evening without the incumbent, but nonetheless, he was the target of criticism throughout the event.

Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff faced off against Libertarian candidate John Bujak in Twin Falls.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter declined to participate, but he has accepted debate invitations in other regions of the state in the upcoming weeks.

Butch Otter
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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will participate in four debates against his general election opponents.

Otter says he accepted debate invitations that could be viewed via a statewide broadcast.

The first debate will be in Coeur d'Alene on Oct. 3, then in Idaho Falls on Oct. 9. He'll travel to Nampa Oct. 14 to participate in KTVB-TV's debate and finish on Oct. 30 by participating in the Idaho Public Television debate.

Debate moderators and other participants have not yet been released.

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Well, it happened. Idaho's very own gubernatorial debate superstar Harley Brown has inked a TV deal, according to the Boise Weekly.

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Idaho Public Television host Melissa Davlin says she doesn’t blame Idaho’s governor for insisting that long-shot candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes be invited to participate in this week’s GOP gubernatorial debate.

Mike Simpson, Bryan Smith
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Boise State Public Radio's news station, KBSX 91.5 FM, will air a series of four political debates leading up to the May 20 primary election.

Beginning May 12, we will broadcast top-tier debates produced by Idaho Public Television, and co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters.

Boise State Public Radio reporters Emilie Ritter Saunders and Adam Cotterell are panelists on two of the debates we will broadcast.

Here is the schedule:

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In Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District race Sunday it came down to the national debt verses jobs.

Longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Simpson and Democratic challenger state Senator Nicole LeFavour debated from the State Capitol on Idaho Public Television. Simpson frequently turned the topic back to what he says is the nation’s most pressing problem; reducing the debt.

Labrador, Farris Debate For Spot In Congress

Oct 26, 2012
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The two men running for Congress in Idaho’s 1st Congressional district debated last night in Boise.

Democrat Jimmy Farris is a 34-year-old former pro football player challenging freshman Republican Raul Labrador.

The two spent much of their hour-long debate on Idaho Public Television talking about tax reform and ways to solve the federal government’s budget problems.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho voters go to the polls in three weeks to select a president, congressional candidates and state legislators. They’ll also vote on whether to keep the state’s sweeping education overhaul known as Students Come First.

“I think this issue dwarfs everything else on the ballot. And this is one of very few in which the outcome is in doubt,” says James Weatherby, Boise State professor emeritus of political science. Monday Weatherby moderated a forum on Propositions 1, 2, and 3.