Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public Television)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports,” I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the eighth week of the legislative session, from party politics to civil rights. Also, Davlin interviews House Majority Caucus Chair John Vander Woude,...

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Otter urges support for teacher career ladder bill

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has sent out a statement touting the proposed new teacher “career ladder legislation that was introduced this week, saying, “The new model includes a sizeable infusion of money for significantly higher salaries based on teaching proficiency and student outcomes.” The governor...

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Constitutional law expert: Nuxoll has it wrong 

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll’s refusal to apologize today in response to a call from an array of religious leaders concerned about her comments on Hinduism, which she said has “false gods.” Nuxoll’s comments came after she...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015


IACI places LaBeau on leave after profanity-laden email 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The head of Idaho's pro-business lobby has been placed on temporary leave after sending a profanity-laden email criticizing a state senator and suggesting the group introduce retaliation legislation. The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/1B8ME89) reports...

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Bill would boost school counseling programs 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel is considering a plan to spend $2.5 million to support school counselors and lay out specific guidelines for their job descriptions. The House Education Committee introduced the bill Thursday. Marilyn...

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About those numbers in the career ladder bill...

The new teacher “career ladder” bill proposed by Gov. Butch Otter, introduced yesterday in the House Education Committee, is being variously described as a $125 million plan and a $214 million plan; it’s a $125.6 million plan. Here’s why: The current teacher pay system in...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

JFAC approves boost for ag research

The University of Idaho's Agricultural Research and Extension Service will see a $2.3 million increase in state support next year, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, including $200,000 it didn't even request. The Legislature's joint budget committee unanimously approved a $28.7 million fiscal 2016...

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Idaho Day observance gets under way in the Idaho House chamber on Wednesday morning (Betsy Russell)

First 'Idaho Day' festivities kick off today... 

Today’s “Idaho Day” festivities will include commemorations in both the House and Senate chambers this morning, the official state celebration starting shortly after noon in the Lincoln Auditorium, and observances at schools and elsewhere around the state; there’s more info here. The House is planning...

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