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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2010

MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010


Kelso: 'Where politics and due process meet'

Starr Kelso, attorney for embattled Rep. Phil Hart, said after today's House Ethics Committee meeting, "What I can say is that the legislative process is a fluid and complex process where politics and due process meet. And so, I guess it was reasonable that they...

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Motion passes, 6-1 

The motion passed 6-1, with just the chairman, Rep. Tom Loertscher, voting against it. "You know, as legislators we all have something in our past," said Loertscher, R-Iona. He said he doesn't feel that the "constitutional rights to exhaust our remedies ends the day we...

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Anderson: 'Diminished that oath'

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, told the House Ethics Committee, "It could be an array of things that cause ethics issues to rise up. ... I don't know why we have an oath if it's not going to be enforced." He said he believes Hart...

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Panel debates whether can talk about silver issue

Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said after reviewing Rep. Eric Anderson's complaint, there was no mention in it of the silver issue. Therefore, he said, he apologized to the committee and it shouldn't even be discussing it. Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, asked if under state laws...

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Silver coin issue 'murky' for ethics panel

Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, said if the Ethics Committee is going to proceed further "on this silver coin issue," it needs a lot more information about the organization, the bill Hart introduced in 2010, and more. He said he didn't think that was what the...

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Kelso: 'Just an incredible fishing expedition' 

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, asked whether Hart had proper permits to sell NORFED or Liberty Dollars. Starr Kelso responded, "That issue, to the extent it was raised, was discussed in the original hearing." He said the question of whether Hart paid sales taxes on the...

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House Ethics Committee convenes on Monday (Betsy Russell)

'Flatly against the law'

Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said there are three points in the ethics complaint: Theft of logs from state endowment lands, claiming that state and federal income taxes are unconstitutional, and personally benefiting from silver legislation. "We dealt in our last meetings about these items having...

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Ethics hearing opens

Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, opened the ethics committee hearing this morning saying, "The purpose of our meeting today is to make a determination as to whether or not there is merit enough on this complaint to go further. This is not a hearing...

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Listen live to Hart ethics meeting

This morning's House Ethics Committee meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet; you can listen in by going to the Legislature's website and clicking on the link under "Announcements."Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has submitted letters of support from GOP central committees in Boundary, Bonner...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010


Conoco statement: 'Look forward to decision'

After the conclusion yesterday of a two-day contested-case hearing on ConocoPhillips' proposed megaloads on Highway 12, the company issued this statement:"ConocoPhillips appreciated the opportunity to reaffirm to ITD and the public our detailed plans to transport four shipments of equipment from Lewiston to the Billings...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Clark says he'll rule 'at least before Xmas' 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the two-day contested-case hearing on ConocoPhillips' proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. State hearing officer Merlyn Clark said he'll take the issue under advisement. He asked attorneys on all sides to submit briefing on several...

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