Here is today's rundown in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. As before, I'll update this post with additional info throughout the day as it becomes available. (VD = voting day, btw)
5 p.m. update
- See Sali still insist that having his congressional office outside of the district isn't a problem despite being told by the House Committee on Administration, "The requirement is that you be in the district, or in a federal office building that serves the district," and saying last week that he would move it if re-elected (see Eye on Boise and the unequivocal notion). That and much more as he and Minnick sit down for interviews. - Spokane ABC affiliate, KLXY
- More on the growth of Minnick's Republican support in "GOP Group Supporting Sali's Dem Opponent Grows" - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
- The 1st District was included in recent polling of Mountain West congressional districts showing Democratic gains. Find links to the data and analysis in "Democracy Corps Poll: Mountain States Swinging Blue" - mcjoan, Daily Kos
1 p.m. update
- New names have been added to the Republicans for Minnick steering committee which now totals 108 (at my count) as listed on the website. - Minnick for Congress
- Hands-down number one race to watch in Idaho in "Election Night: My Viewer's Guide" - Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman
- Contrasting campaigns and styles in "Courting Voters: Sali, Minnick fight to win voters' hearts" - Boise Weekly
- Sali should have been "cut loose immediately" in "Did the NRCC Make the Right Picks" - Real Clear Politics
"It says a great deal about Sali, Schmidt and Souder that they ran so far behind Bush. Not all conservative candidates in those districts necessarily would run so poorly. These three simply have limited appeal, and the NRCC shouldn't have to spend considerable resources every two years to rescue them in districts that they should retain easily."
- Race moved to Toss Up/Tilt Democratic in "2008 House Ratings" - The Rothenberg Political Report
- Sali finally showed up to oversight hearing in "The Power of the People on Politicians" - Today's 6 News Director's Blog (via "Ever the persistent flippy-flopper" - the unequivocal notion)
"Sali even got Greenspan to admit that he believes 40% percent of regulation tends to miss the mark, but probably to Sali's dismay, the normally libertarian Greenspan appeared to be implying more regulation of the financial sector is needed. And this time, Bill Sali was there to hear it! But why would Sali show up for the grandstanding, political theater if he thought it was grandstanding political theater? It wasn't because of the power of the media in a tight race. It's because of the power of the people."
- "But for me, it really is the Minnick race" in "Defining Moments" - DemConWatch
- Campaign finance and more in "Dems defend anti-Sali flier" - Eye on Boise
- Got my first Bill Sali robocall yesterday. It was Mitt Romney. I guess when he said "I have endorsed Bill and offered to help in any way" he really meant it. Wonder if he knows or even cares about this (from the unequivocal notion), "Sali: Playing on both sides of the fence." My guess is probably not—he probably doesn't know and probably doesn't care.
- The Sali attack ad that was mentioned yesterday, the one that contained the same false info as a previous ad, it was running un-changed last night.
Fact of the day
Bill Sali's Top 5 contributors (from Center for Responsive Politics):
|American Bankers Assn||$13,150|
|Cmte for the Preservation of Capitalism (Rep. Jim McCrery R-LA)||$10,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC (Rep. Eric Cantor R-VA)||$10,000|
|Freedom Fund (Sen. Mike Crapo R-ID)||$10,000|
Sali quote of the day
"There are people out there without health care, and we need to address that, but it's not as big of a problem as some people would make it out to be" — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) in a Lewiston, ID debate