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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2008

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

Duncan letter: 'It is contrary to my wishes'

Killer Joseph Duncan has filed a letter with the federal District Court in Boise addressed to Judge Edward Lodge, regarding the notice of appeal filed for him Monday by his standby attorneys. “Dear Sir,” Duncan wrote. “This is to inform the court that if any...

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Duncan: 'I didn't want to appeal'

Federal prosecutors are trying to strike the notice of appeal filed by stand-by attorneys for admitted multiple murderer Joseph Duncan, saying Duncan never wanted to appeal his death sentence and the attorneys acted without his permission. “The decision to appeal is solely that of the...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2008

'A very tough environment'

The news from the state Endowment Fund Investment Board, which reported to the state Land Board today about the endowment’s investment earnings, was anything but sunny. The fund lost 13.8 percent in October, and as of Oct. 31, had lost 21.9 percent of its value...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2008


Pols share credit across party lines

This must be the new spirit of bipartisanship and unity that we’ve been hearing about nationally since the election: A joint news release that went out Friday afternoon was headed, “Crapo, Simpson, Bieter help retain rail jobs.” The occasion: A federal waiver was denied for...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2008

Integrity Index: Washington 4th, Idaho 44th

A new national survey ranks Washington fourth in the nation for governmental integrity, openness and accountability – and Idaho 44th. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Better Government Association, compared open records laws, open meeting laws, whistleblower laws, campaign finance requirements and conflict-of-interest laws, to...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

'More than one term'

I asked new Congressman-elect Walt Minnick how long he’d like to serve in Congress if it were entirely under his control. Here’s his response:“I, in all honesty, cannot answer that … not until I get there, find out the extent to which I’m effective and...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

State agencies asked for holdback updates

In a memo sent to all state agencies today, there’s clear warning that an additional 1.5 percent of the state budget that’s being held in reserve after September’s 1 percent holdback may well be on the chopping block very soon. “I am asking each of...

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Fees waived for vets tomorrow

All recreation-related fees will be waived for veterans, military personnel and their families at federal recreation facilities on public lands tomorrow in honor of Veterans Day. That includes lands under the management of the Forest Service, the BLM, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2008

Expert: It was 'a referendum on Sali'

BSU political scientist Gary Moncrief, who studies elections, had this to say when asked why GOP Congressman Bill Sali lost in Tuesday’s election: “I think it’s largely a referendum on Sali. You know that district – there’s no way a Republican should lose that district....

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Crapo issues welcome to Risch and Minnick

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo sent out the following statement:“President-elect Obama has brought a lot of energy into the political process, and his election is historic,” Crapo said. “As we face the significant challenges in our financial markets and economic outlook, I look forward to...

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Sali not ready to give in yet

Though only two precincts remain uncounted, GOP Congressman Bill Sali isn’t ready to concede defeat. “Well, I’d certainly rather be here talking about the stunning victory last night,” Sali said at a GOP press conference today. “Unfortunately, it’s a little close right now. There’s still...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2008

Mood at GOP shindig

Things are crowded at the state Republican election night watch party at the Doubletree Riverside tonight, but the mood of the revelry is different from the usual. Idaho Republicans are accustomed to winning big on Election Night, and having much to celebrate. The last time...

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And where is Bill Sali?

I’ve been pursuing him much of the evening for a comment, but after conferring with both his wife, Terry, and his campaign spokesman, Wayne Hoffman, at the Doubletree Riverside suite where Sali’s supporters are watching results come in, I was informed that Sali, who’s closeted...

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Risch declares victory

Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch has declared victory in his run for the U.S. Senate, with 25 percent of precincts reporting. He leads Democrat Larry LaRocco, 57 percent to 36 percent, with independent Rex Rammell trailing with 5 percent and Libertarian Kent Marmon and independent...

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It's hot, loud and happy at the Dems' HQ

At the Democratic headquarters in Boise, at the Hilton Garden Inn, the mood is ebullient, and loud cheers broke out just now when NBC declared that Obama is the new president. The room is packed, there’s loud music on and off with a live singer,...

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Rammell: 'Playing for the future'

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammell, who’s staying home in Rexburg to watch the results tonight, told Eye on Boise, “I’m not expecting to win. I’ve been playing for the future for a while.” Rammell said he’ll likely run for office again, and figures he’ll...

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'As big or bigger than we thought'

Turnout in Idaho so far is big. “It’s looking as big or bigger than we thought,” said Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, who predicted a record turnout of 700,000, or 80 percent of registered voters. “I’ve heard good reports about not taking too long...

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2008

Duncan's last appearance in Idaho

Here are links to my full stories on the developments in the Joseph Duncan case today, the day of Duncan’s final sentencing and final appearance in Idaho. You can read my main story here, and my sidebar here on my interview with Steve Groene, father...

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Judge: 'You will always be a danger'

After Duncan gave his odd statement in court, Judge Edward Lodge immediately sentenced the killer for his remaining non-capital federal crimes, saying the court must impose “a sentence that reflects the severity of the offenses, provides just punishment, and promotes respect for the law.” Duncan’s...

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Three death sentences and nine life sentences

Between the state and federal charges, at the conclusion of today’s sentencing proceedings, Joseph Duncan now faces three death sentences and nine life sentences for his crimes against a North Idaho family. And he may yet get another death sentence in California, for the abduction...

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Steve Groene: 'I hope this guy dies soon'

Steve Groene says he doesn’t want Joseph Duncan tried in California, because, “There’s no reason to spend the taxpayer’s money and there’s no reason to drag Anthony Martinez’ memory through the crap like they did Dylan’s.” Duncan, he said, will “never spent time in a...

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Three more life terms for Duncan

Idaho 1st District Judge Fred Gibler has sentenced Joseph Duncan to three more fixed life terms, for the murders of Brenda Matthews Groene, Mark McKenzie and Slade Groene in 2005, in accordance with a plea agreement. Gibler, addressing Duncan through a video link, told Duncan...

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