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2018 Debate and
Specials Schedule

The following debates and specials are scheduled but may change due to candidate participation. After they air, each program will be available for streaming

Secretary of State

Thursday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. MT/PT

  • Jill Humble (D)
  • Lawerence E. Denney (R)
Superintendent of
Public Instruction

Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

  • Cindy Wilson (D)
  • Sherri Ybarra (R)
Second Congressional District

Sunday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

  • Aaron Swisher (D)
  • Mike Simpson (R)

Monday, October 15, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

  • Paulette Jordan (D)
  • Brad Little (R)
Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

  • Kristin Collum (D)
  • Janice McGeachin (R)
Idaho Reports Special: Medicaid Expansion

Friday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

Idaho Reports Special:
Horse Racing

Friday, October 26, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

First Congressional District

Monday, October 29, 8:00 p.m. MT/PT

  • Cristina McNeil (D)
  • Russ Fulcher (R)

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Throughout October, The Idaho Debates feature candidates for Idaho's statewide and congressional offices, and Idaho Reports presents specials on two statewide ballot measures.

For more than three decades, Idaho Public Television has been Idaho's ‘station of record’ for candidate debates. Ahead of the November general election, we continue that tradition with debates for statewide and federal offices.


The Idaho Debates is a collaborative effort among 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.

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Based upon the 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision, "Arkansas vs Forbes," the partners have established "reasonable" and "viewpoint-neutral" criteria for participation in these statewide debates, and will apply those criteria consistently to determine if a candidate is conducting an active campaign. The following letter went out to each candidate.


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