Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 4, 2013

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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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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