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Voting against the hype

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Tuesday May 20th is the day that Idahoans are able to cast their vote for the primary election. This involves voting for state representatives, Congress and Governor of the state. Perhaps this will be the first time your son or daughter is old enough to be part of the voting population.
In order to make an informed decision, you all may have watched the Republican Gubernatorial Debate on PBS Public Television. The beginning of the show the moderator gave a run down on the governor’s duties and responsibilities. Local reporters were introduced and would be asking questions to the candidates: current Governor CL “Butch” Otter, Russ Fulcher, Harley Brown and Walt Bayes. The former two men are well known by their commercials and promotional signs, while the latter two not as much. Also, the way the candidates were dressed seemed to add to the feeling of either professional politician or Everyman.
However, after the debate, Brown and Bayes became widely popular on social media. Not the most positive posts about how Harley Brown is a motor cyclist enthusiast and Walt Bayes’ religious comments.
Your son or daughter may have been distracted by all of the negative press. It’s difficult to ignore all of the reports from around the country, with article titles: “Eccentric candidates make for strange Idaho gubernatorial debate” and “That viral gubernatorial debate made Idaho a ‘laughingstock’, says Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s main challenger”
Another way to look at this is debate is to tell your son or daughter that this is a clear example of the voting process. These candidates, as with everyone else, have the freedom of speech and religion. If their political stance are not shared or agreed upon, then the best thing to do is not to vote for them.



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