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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013





Otter praises legislative ethics training

Gov. Butch Otter praised state legislative leaders for setting up extensive ethics training for lawmakers next week. “I think sometimes we cross an ethical barrier because we simply don’t know the rules,” he said, “so I see great advantage for leadership to step up.”

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Gov. Butch Otter addresses reporters on Friday (Betsy Russell)

Ed reforms need consensus, Otter says

Gov. Butch Otter told reporters this morning that education reform must be arrived at collaboratively and with consensus, saying the process that led to the voter-rejected “Students Come First” laws, which he championed, was badly flawed. “It’s pretty hard to establish consensus if you’re only...

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Gov to speak, you can watch live...

This morning’s AP legislative preview will be streamed live online by Idaho Public Television; you can watch live here. It starts with Gov. Butch Otter at 9 a.m., legislative leaders from both parties speaking at 10, and a panel discussion at 11 on the possible...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

The Idaho state Capitol in Boise on Thursday afternoon  (Betsy Russell)

Gearing up for the legislative session... 

It isn’t usually a part of how I gear up for a legislative session, but this morning I underwent a root canal. On the good side: It should be all downhill from here. Tomorrow morning, the governor and legislative leaders will speak to reporters as...

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Economic outlook: 'Subdued and stumbling growth'

Bob Maynard, chief investment officer for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, told lawmakers this morning the coming year’s economy is widely expected to be similar to this past year: “Subdued and stumbling growth, good equity markets, flat bond markets.” He said, “2012 was...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013


TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013


Fog shrouds the Treasure Valley on New Year's Day, while Bogus Basin up above has blue sky and sunshine. (Betsy Russell)

Up above the fog...

Even though I know it'll be there, there's something startling about coming up out of a frigid, foggy inversion, with snowflakes floating around in the low, gray sky in Boise, into brilliant sunshine above it all up at Bogus Basin. It was like an island...

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