Idaho Debates begin Thursday

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IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Debates begin this week, with six debates scheduled this month in Idaho’s top election contests.

The Idaho Debates is a collaborative effort of the Idaho Press Club, Boise State University’s School of Public Service, University of Idaho’s McClure Center, Idaho State University’s Department of Political Science, League of Women Voters Education Fund, and Idaho Public Television. The Press Club supplies the reporters who question the candidates and Idaho Public Television provides the moderator.

All the debates will be broadcast statewide on Idaho Public Television.

Here’s the full schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m. Idaho Secretary of State: Incumbent Republican Lawerence Denney and Democratic challenger Jill Humble

Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Incumbent Republican Sherri Ybarra and Democratic challenger Cindy Wilson

Sunday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. 2nd Congressional District: Incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Simpson and Democratic challenger Aaron Swisher..

Monday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Governor: Democrat Paulette Jordan and Republican Brad Little

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Lieutenant Governor: Democrat Kristin Collum and Republican Janice McGeachin

Monday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. 1st Congressional District: Republican Russ Fulcher and Democrat Cristina McNeil

In addition to the six debates, Idaho Public TV’s “Idaho Reports” will produce hour-long specials about each of the two initiatives on the November ballot.

On Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., the program will examine Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion initiative.

On Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., it will look at Proposition 1, the “historical horse racing” initiative, which would authorize betting machines at Idaho racetracks.

All the debates and the two “Idaho Reports” programs will be available for viewing online after they’ve aired here.

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