Our goal is to turn-out as many people as possible to vote – armed with information – regardless of political party.
As a conservative voter information periodical, we have spent considerable time formulating our approach to actual candidate endorsements. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates running (230) we relied on the information available from the candidates own websites, campaign materials and information provided by some the groups featured in this publication. This coupled with our long history of knowing the records and positions of some of the candidates and having worked with and observed them in action over time has factored into our endorsements. Most importantly, we have included websites (as available at press time) for candidates and conservative groups for you to research so that you might draw your own conclusions. We believe when citizens are given access to information, they are more likely to get out and vote. The Idahoan provides you with three basic candidate classifications: 1) The Incumbent, 2) The Challenger, and 3) The Perennial Candidate.
Incumbents have voting records, stated policy positions, a record of hearings and other public meetings, ratings by various state groups(The Idaho Freedom Foundation Index), endorsements by state PACs(Idaho Chooses Life) and federal groups and PACs(NRA, Club for Growth, etc.).
Challengers sometimes have records from having served previously in one or more political office (e.g., Raul Labrador, Brad Little). Others (e.g., Tommy Alhquist, Steve Pankey) have not. We are forced to rely on campaign information, previous public involvement if any, and how they conducted themselves in the businesses or other activities that they claim gives them the qualifications to serve the people of Idaho. This leads to a much more subjective analysis than we have with incumbents whether running for the same seat or a new position.
We have given little space and time to these candidates, while we applaud their efforts to promote their varied causes (e.g., Pro-Life), or the beat of their own drum (e.g., Harley Brown), it is our belief that careful consideration and study of the other candidates is a more valuable use of the voters time.
A word to Conservatives:
This publication is for you. Our hope is to introduce you to groups you may not be aware of, and need your support to continue the work they are doing. We urge you to go to their websites and learn more about them.
A word to Republicans:
The Idahoan believes most conservatives in this state are Republicans. However, some of you might wonder “what’s the difference”. To this, we say that many Republicans only care about economic issues and have no use for social issues. Conversely, some of the social issue groups care little for economics, and still, others believe the big tent view of the Republican party of being all things to everyone and stand for little or nothing. It is our position that the debate within the party needs to continue, as we pursue our respective visions of the future of Idaho.
A word to Democrats:
We have mailed this to you in hopes of expanding the public policy debate so that we can have a reasoned and civil dialogue as we go about the process of governing.
– Lou Esposito