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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

Gov. Butch Otter is applauded by lawmakers at the end of his State of the State message on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Otter: Start where all agree

As he closed his “State of the State” message, Gov. Butch Otter noted Idaho’s recent ranking of second in the nation for volunteering. That’s “in our DNA,” he said. “It’s who we are. It’s who you are, and I’m proud to join you in pressing...

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Idaho roadless rule upheld in court 

Gov. Butch Otter departed from his prepared remarks, just as he was highlighting “the damage that federal court rulings can do to our traditional industries and our Idaho lifestyle.” The governor told lawmakers, “In fact we learned just this morning that Idaho won its case...

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Otter pitches 'Hire One Hero' program

A legislative initiative Gov. Butch Otter is outlining is an expansion of the “Hire One Act” that he successfully pushed for in 2011. The new legislation would clarify the existing tax credit for new employees, plus add $1,000 to the employer’s credit if the new...

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Otter's budget: A 3.1% increase

Otter’s first hint about the state budget he’s proposing for next year: He doesn’t want state government to grow as fast as “our economy and the people’s ability to pay for it.” Therefore, he said, his budget will call for a 3.1 percent increase in...

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Senators enter the House chamber for the annual State of the State address (Betsy Russell)

Legislature convenes, State of State on tap

The House and Senate have now convened, in advance of Gov. Butch Otter's annual "State of the State" and budget message to a joint session of the Legislature, which will occur in the House chambers. The governor's speech, laying out his agenda for the legislative...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2013

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with about 100 reporters on Friday in Boise. (Associated Press)

A test of leadership for Gov. Otter...

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter faces a major leadership test when Idaho lawmakers convene their legislative session on Monday: convincing many from his own party that it’s in the state’s best interest to run its own health insurance exchange, when many want no part of “Obamacare.”...

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Labrador mum on speaker vote abstention

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador not only abstained from the vote to re-elect John Boehner as speaker of the U.S. House, he collected a vote himself for the post. Ohio GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who’s at odds with his party leadership and recently was stripped of...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, Dan Popkey and host Greg Hahn on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" program on Friday. (IPTV)

Looking ahead to the session...

On the first episode of "Idaho Reports" this week on Idaho Public TV, host Greg Hahn interviews new House Speaker Scott Bedke, and I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, Dan Popkey and Greg to discuss the issues coming up as Idaho prepares for the legislative...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho speaks outside Alexandria General District Court in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge. In exchange for his plea Friday, prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. Crapo received a $250 fine and a 12-month suspension of his driver's license and must complete an alcohol safety program. (AP / Evan Vucci)

Crapo: 'I'm swearing off alcohol' 

"I'm swearing off alcohol and I am not going to continue to drink," Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo told reporters today in a conference call after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Alexandria, Va. Crapo said he believes public officials should be...

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Crapo pleads guilty to DUI, apologizes 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated in Alexandria, Va. today, and apologized for his actions. Crapo was ordered to pay a $250 fine, complete and alcohol safety program and have his driver's license suspended for 12 months. Click...

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Working on ethics issues... 

When a questioner noted that lawmakers will be working on ethics issues next week – all legislators will go through an unprecedented half-day of ethics training - Senate President Pro-tem Brent Hill said, “We’re always working on ethics issues.” House Speaker Scott Bedke said a...

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Dem leaders: Listen to voters

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, “We are going to have to face some real monumental issues.” He said the minority party has been out talking with voters, and is bringing back some messages. “They want a Legislature and government that’s open, honest, and...

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