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State of the State Address

Inside of the Idaho Capitol building Jan. 11, in Boise.

Not happy with any of the eight people on the presidential ballot in Idaho? There are also 37 write-in choices, although there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of most of them.

A few people have also filed as write-ins for some state legislative seats, although none of them are in the Magic Valley, according to the list the Idaho Secretary of State’s office sent out to county clerks across the state. And Pro-Life — a person and perennial candidate formerly named Marvin Richardson — has filed as a write-in in the First Congressional District, which is currently represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.

I am still checking on write-ins in any of our county-level races. Nobody filed in Jerome or Twin Falls counties. In Lincoln County, Cresley McConnell and Verlon Southwick have filed to take on Rene Rodriguez again — they came in second and third, respectively, against Rodriguez in the five-way GOP sheriff’s primary in May.

As for the Legislature, Greg Pruett, the head of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, the gun-rights group that was instrumental in pushing this year’s repeal of the requirement for a concealed carry permit within city limits, has filed to run as a write-in against Christy Perry, R-Nampa. Perry, you may remember, has been in the news since east Idaho blogger Lance Earl accused her and Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, based largely on what he says he learned from Guthrie’s ex-wife, of having an affair. Perry admitted to making “a terrible mistake” with a friend in the Legislature a couple of years ago but said much of the specifics of the allegations weren’t true and that there was no ongoing affair. A legislative investigation found one travel expense reimbursement Guthrie may have filed improperly but no other improprieties with state money. Guthrie and Perry have both apologized.

William Sifford of McCall has filed to run as a write-in for state Senate against Steven Thayn, R-Emmett. Ryan Thompson of Boise is running as a write-in against state Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, and Democrat Jim Francis, of Idaho Falls, is running a write-in campaign against Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

Davis is unopposed otherwise, while the others mentioned all also have opponents whose names will be on the ballot. Click here to see the list of everyone on the ballot for state and federal offices.

Out of the write-in candidates for president here, six have Idaho addresses — Timothy Helgerson of Nampa; Steven Malloy of Pocatello; Reverend MsMere of Boise; Nicola “Niki” Jo Taysom of Pocatello; Chris Lacy of Boise; and Janet Reid of Rigby.

I did a quick Google search on all six of them and didn’t find much other than a lawsuit Taysom filed in 2012 that, according to U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill’s ruling dismissing it, alleged criminality by 21 political figures and was “as vast as it is incomprehensible,” including accusations of “alliances” with China and Russia and “a discussion integrating First Amendment jurisprudence with the healing power of Christ’s ‘divine Priesthood Authority’ and a description of the ambitions of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to become the Antichrist. ... Claiming her concerns were ignored at a city council meeting in Pocatello, Plaintiff now seeks relief for what she calls her constitutional claims in this Court.”

The defendants ranged “from the Mayor of Pocatello to President Barack Obama” and included, Lynmill wrote, a Senator “Larry Crapo.”

“Likely, Plaintiff meant either former U.S. Senator Larry Craig or current U.S. Senator Mike Crapo,” the judge wrote.

Winmill concluded that “the attempt of a private citizen to lump the President of the United States and the Mayor of Pocatello (along with a non-existent Senator) together in her own do-it-yourself treason prosecution can be dismissed without further discussion.”

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