‘Tis the red vs. blue season again

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The sands of August have nearly run out.

September unofficially marks the re-launch of many campaigns that took a summer sabbatical. You can look forward to seeing and hearing ads and commercials for your next U.S. representative, next governor, next lieutenant governor, next superintendent of public instruction, next secretary of state and, locally, a handful of state legislators.

Two intriguing propositions will also appear on your ballot ó one to allow a kind of slot machines in horse racing and other authorized facilities, and one to expand Medicaid to assist some 60,000 Idahoans who donít have sufficient health care coverage yet make too much to qualify under current guidelines.

In short, thereís something for everyone on the ballot.

With just over two months to go before election day, itís time to remind you that The Press welcomes letters to the editor supporting candidates and stances on propositions. Many newspapers are now charging for these endorsement letters or have done away with them altogether. Not us. We do have some rules, though.

The first is that we accept endorsement letters from Press subscribers only. If you look at cdapress.com but donít pay for it; if your office gets the newspaper but you arenít the one footing the bill; and even if you occasionally pick up a copy of The Press at the gas station or grocery store; we welcome your letters to the editor in general.

However, the candidate endorsement letters are limited to our best customers, the people who have been Press subscribers for at least 90 days. Endorsement letters are limited to one per person, per election cycle, no more than 275 words. Email your candidate endorsement letters to Mike Patrick: mpatrick@cdapress.com

The Press is also planning a special votersí guide prior to the election, containing profiles and background on all the local candidates who wish to participate.

Enjoy your last gasp of summer.

Take a deep breath because the political home stretch promises to be a doozy.

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