Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011



Redistricters set hearings...

Idaho's new citizen redistricting commission has set public hearings for Wednesday Oct. 5 in Idaho Falls, from 6-8 p.m. at Idaho Falls City Hall, 680 Park Ave.; Thursday Oct. 6 in Coeur d'Alene, from 6-8 p.m. at Coeur d'Alene City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Ave.;...

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Thanks for 'Best of Boise' honors...

Thank you to the readers of the Boise Weekly for voting Eye on Boise "best local blog" in their annual Best of Boise awards for a second straight year - I really appreciate the kudos. And to all of you out there, thanks for reading.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011



New redistricters hear from former ones...

After hearing a presentation from the former redistricting commissioners on the plans they agreed on last week, new Idaho redistricting Co-Chairman Ron Beitelspacher said, "It's very difficult to draw legislative maps. I have done it in several sessions, several special sessions. It's extremely difficult. I...

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And the new redistricters are at work...

The new redistricting commission's agenda for today includes going over policies and procedures, a briefing from the Attorney General's office, and this afternoon, a presentation from the former redistricting commissioners. The new commission also is scheduled to get an introduction to the Maptitude online map-drawing...

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Looking at costs, budget for second go-round of redistricting... 

The Idaho Legislature budgeted $424,000 for redistricting this year, Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz informed the new redistricting commissioners this morning. About $175,000 of that was spent on hardware, software and preliminary costs. The first commission's 90 days of deliberations, including 14 public hearings and...

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New redistricting commissioners Shauneen Grange, left, Dolores Crow and Elmer Martinez visit with Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa before their first meeting on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

New redistricters prepare to convene...

New Idaho redistricting commissioners Shauneen Grange, left, Dolores Crow and Elmer Martinez visit with Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa this morning as the new six-member bipartisan commission prepares to convene for the first time. First, Crow, a former state lawmaker, had to resign from...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011





Raul Labrador (Betsy Russell)

Labrador: 'Tea Party is a good movement' 

"I believe the Tea Party is a good movement,” Congressman Raul Labrador told the City Club in response to a question. “Because people are being vilified so much by the media, they're not calling themselves 'tea party' any more, they're saying 'conservative Republicans.' … The...

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Rep. Raul Labrador (Betsy Russell)

Labrador: Spending cuts alone not enough

"We cannot fix our current situation by spending cuts alone,” freshman 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador told the Boise City Club today. Instead, he said, the nation must “grow our way out of this economic mess.” Labrador is addressing the City Club today, nine months...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011



Cronin selected as Aspen Institute fellow

Idaho state Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, has been selected as a fellow of the Aspen Institute, in its Aspen-Rodel Fellowship program that focuses on transcending political partisanship and focusing attention on leadership and governance. Cronin is only the second Idahoan to be selected for the...

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L-83 splits 12 counties, but not Ada...

Proposed legislative district plan L-83, endorsed unanimously by the six former bipartisan citizen redistricting commissioners, would split 12 counties: Bonner, Kootenai, Latah, Benewah, Canyon, Twin Falls, Minidoka, Power, Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville and Madison. It wouldn't split Ada County, which would have nine districts contained entirely...

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