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Eye On Boise 2010 Idaho Legislature archive

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

Thu., Feb. 17, 2011, 4:50 p.m.

SB 1113 clears committee on 5-4 vote

The Senate Education Committee has voted 5-4 in favor of SB 1113, the biggest piece of the Luna school reform plan, with class size increases, laptop computers for high-school students and required online courses. Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, said there's still time for amendments or...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Guv's debate in Boise on Wednesday - at left is moderator Jim Weatherby (Betsy Russell)

Wed., Sept. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m.

Candidates differ on tax deals

The first question in today's Boise City Club debate was on whether the two major-party candidates for governor support a "proper investigation" into allegations of special deals at the state Tax Commission for influential taxpayers. "I do support a proper investigation of it, in fact...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010

Thu., June 3, 2010, 5:20 p.m.

Otter: 'Working for more prosperous future' 

Gov. Butch Otter is touting a national fiscal survey of states as proof that this year's legislative budget-setting decisions for 2011, including deep cuts to schools and other state programs, were the right ones, as other states are facing large shortfalls. "We are doing our...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2010

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010


Wed., April 21, 2010, 10:32 a.m.

By the numbers...

Now that it's all said and done, here are the numbers on this year's legislative session: In 78 days, there were 816 pieces of legislation drafted, 620 of which were introduced, and 359 passed. Every one of those became law; there were no vetoes, though...

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Mon., April 19, 2010, 7:18 a.m.

Hoffman: 'A rising leader' 

Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, discusses his disenchantment with the mainstream media and his role as a political activist in an article by AP reporter John Miller, in which Hoffman refuses to disclose how his group is funded; click below to read...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Fri., April 16, 2010, 2:44 p.m.

Furloughs, demotions hit Idaho prison system 

Idaho's state prison system is eliminating 24 more staff positions, bringing the number cut in the past two years to 102, and imposing far-reaching furloughs on all prison staffers in the coming year to cope with state budget cuts. Because of shifts of workers from...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010


Wed., April 14, 2010, 2:20 p.m.

Bills become law without guv's signature 

Gov. Butch Otter has allowed four more bills to become law without his signature, after earlier taking the same action for SB 1353, the "conscience" bill for health care providers. This time, the bills in question include HB 727 and 728, both of which regard...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

Tue., April 13, 2010, 5:03 p.m.

Idaho joins Montana firearms freedom case

Idaho has joined a federal court case in Montana arguing that locally made and used guns should be exempt from all federal laws, including registration requirements. It's a follow-up to the "Idaho Firearms Freedom Act" that state lawmakers enacted this year at the urging of...

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

Mon., April 12, 2010, 6:17 a.m.

Park lovers help keep 'em open 

The Brother Speed motorcycle club is among volunteers stepping forward to help maintain Idaho state parks in the wake of deep budget cuts, reports AP reporter Simmi Aujla. The biker group is working to maintain Thousand Springs, a state park near Hagerman where it's held...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Fri., April 9, 2010, 2:34 p.m.

More bills quietly signed into law

Among the nearly 50 bills quietly signed into law yesterday by Gov. Butch Otter: HB 496, requiring Idaho voters to show a photo I.D. when they go to the polls; HB 531a, making secret the names of all Fish and Game hunting and fishing license...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

Thu., April 8, 2010, 10:21 a.m.

Finally: An 'up month' for state revenue 

One of the reasons lawmakers scurried to finish their session was they wanted to be done before the next set of tax revenue figures came out, after January and February collections came in below projections, fueling concern over the economy and zeal to cut budgets...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010


Tue., April 6, 2010, 7:43 a.m.

Guv quietly signs bills into law

Gov. Butch Otter has quietly signed dozens of bills into law without comment, including SB 1418, the public school budget for next year that contains historic cuts. Others include HB 687, imposing an emergency surcharge on every conviction for the next three years to keep...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

Fri., April 2, 2010, 6:20 p.m.

The week that was...

Here’s a link to the final week of Idaho’s legislative session in pictures, as a slide show. Let your cursor hover over the bottom part of the picture frame, and the captions will appear as the slide show plays. On Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports”...

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Fri., April 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m.

National poll shows big lead for Otter 

Here's a link to the recent national Rasmussen Poll, which found a big lead for Gov. Butch Otter over Democratic challenger Keith Allred in its first automated phone poll on the 2010 Idaho gubernatorial race, and also found a similar lead for U.S. Sen. Mike...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

Thu., April 1, 2010, 2:24 p.m.

Thoughts from a substitute senator...

Temporary Sen. Darrell Kerby, R-Bonners Ferry, who filled in for the final weeks of the session for Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, while she was with her husband during his major heart surgery, reflected on his brief legislative experience. "It was an extreme honor for me...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

Tue., March 30, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

Sarah Palin endorses Idaho candidate 

Sarah Palin has endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho's 1st Congressional District GOP primary, adding oomph to a race in which the two leading contenders have been trying to out-conservative each other. “I’m happy to support Vaughn Ward because I know that he believes in the...

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