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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013



Idaho state Controller Brandon Woolf, right, and Gov. Butch Otter, left, announce the launch of the state's new "Transparent Idaho" government transparency site on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

Woolf, Otter launch new state government transparency site 

Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf and Gov. Butch Otter today unveiled a new state transparency website, “Transparent Idaho,” with extensive financial information about state government that’s automatically updated every night. The site features myriad charts and graphs, tons of detail to dig into, and is...

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Psychologist: Duncan paranoid, but competent

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan scored high on a test measuring paranoia, but was still legally competent to serve as his own attorney when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence, a forensic psychologist testified in federal court in Boise yesterday. Dr. Robert Engle...

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TimesNews: Blaine GOP urges marijuana legalization

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Blaine County Republican Central Committee has passed a resolution supporting the legalization of marijuana in Idaho. The committee approved the resolution 6-2 earlier this week. Committee member Mike Connor told the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

Kane: 'Always err on the side of disclosure' 

Last year, Idaho Senate members disclosed conflicts of interest 36 times, Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane said during the legislative ethics training session this afternoon; House members made 50 such disclosures plus five requests to be excused from voting. Kane said while that might sound...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013





Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, right, answers questions along with other Senate and House Democratic leaders, as they respond Tuesday to the governor's State of the State message a day earlier. (AP / Todd Dvorak)

Dems respond to State of the State

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democrats are open to a $141 million personal property tax cut proposed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, provided there's something in it for local governments. The minority party Tuesday offered its annual...

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Digging into gov's budget...

As members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee began digging through Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal this morning, Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, questioned how Otter can say the budget is structurally balanced when it doesn’t address state employee pay that lags behind market rates and a...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013


Idaho libraries launch 'citizen tools' portal

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has launched a new “citizen tools portal” to help people access, track and participate in state government in Idaho. It includes information on following the legislative process, accessing the courts, and finding and verifying news online. You can access the...

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