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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014






Bedke: 'Our differences are not that large'

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said, “I’ll support the motion, because our differences are not that large at this point in the session.” The motion, from Sen. John Goedde, seconded by Sen. Cliff Bayer, would accept the governor’s revenue projection for fiscal years 2014 and...

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Goedde moves to accept governor's revenue forecast

Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, has moved to accept the governor’s forecast as reasonable. “If you look at the difference between the committee median and the governor’s, over the course of two years we’re within $30 million. That’s really close,” he said That’s out of...

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Simpson outraises Smith 4-to-1 in Idaho House race

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013's final quarter. Smith announced Thursday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014



Mechelle Thomas testifies to lawmakers on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: 'We need help, we really do'

In continuing testimony on state employee compensation this afternoon: Shelly Doty told the lawmakers, “I feel as if I’m banging my head against the wall.” She said many people at her agency qualify for food stamps or other aid. Mechelle Thomas, pictured above, who works...

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Lesson: Keep tabs on your phone? 

As a reporter, I often use a small recording device – these days, my iPhone – to record events like press conferences so I can later double-check my notes. So on Monday when I went to Gov. Butch Otter’s press conference in his office after...

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Rancher-senator backs Otter's wolf control board 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho senator who ranches sheep is promoting Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed wolf population control panel, saying the $2 million the Republican governor has set aside will boost livestock and elk herds....

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