Finally! It’s over. No more political ads, roadside signs, recorded phone messages or broadcast talk shows.
The GUARDIAN barely cleared the .500 mark on the pre-election predictions. In our defense we have to admit we were probably influenced by the national mood which saw the Dems take over the Congress. Also within Ada County there were notable wins by the D candidates. However, the Republican stranglehold on Idaho politics is still strong.
One kind reader sent an early message declaring 5 out of 9 to be a failing grade.
–IDAHO GUV, Even though he lost Ada County, Butch Otter beat Brady. GUARDIAN Wrong.
–LT. GUV, Risch won handily as predicted. GUARDIAN Right.
–IST DIST CONGRESS, Sali beat Grant and the media got rich off ad revenues. GUARDIAN wrong.
–2nd DIST CONGRESS, Simpson won as predicted. GUARDIAN right.
–ADA COMMISH, Tilman over Ames as predicted, but Ames did much better than we expected probably due to anti-Tilman vote. GUARDIAN right.
–ADA COMMISH, Kimball, Ullman, and Woods. Ullman’s distant third was surprise after Daily Paper endorsement and active campaign. Woods won it with lots of cash and help from Greenie “Conservation Voters” who did a mass mailing. Kimball did better than expected, probably because of the ”R” connection. GUARDIAN wrong.
–PROP 1, School sales tax issue failed as predicted. Sales tax increase and lack of good language made it hard to pass. GUARDIAN right.
–PROP 2, Eminent domain failed as it should have. Not needed. GUARDIAN right.
–MARRIAGE DEFINITION, we missed this one big time. There will probably be some court challenges as the gays become stronger politically in other states. GUARDIAN wrong.
In summary, we blew it with Ullman and the marriage definition the worst. One thing about the GUARDIAN, you get what you pay for.
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