Eye On Boise archive for June 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014





Otter lauds Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, in which the court held that family-owned corporations with religious objections can’t be forced to pay for insurance coverage for contraception for their employees. Otter noted that Idaho...

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Catching up on the news... 

Catching up on some of the news I missed while off last week, it’s striking how the big political story in Idaho – rift and strife within the state’s supermajority Republican Party – remains the same. Over the course of the week, two dueling dates...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Betsy Russell windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge near The Dalles, Ore. (Charlie Russell)

Off for the week...

I’m off for the next week; I may post a vacation photo in this space later in the week, but other than that, I’m off the grid. Let me know what I miss, and I’ll see you back here next Monday… Update: Was under the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" on Friday (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss the tumultuous GOP state convention and its fallout for Idaho politics, as state Democrats kick off their own convention in Moscow today....

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Dem candidates to lead raise-minimum-wage tour

Democratic candidates for office in Idaho, led by 2nd District congressional candidate Richard Stallings, Nels Mitchell, who’s running against GOP Sen. Jim Risch, and Bert Marley, who’s challenging Lt. Gov. Brad Little, will tour the southern half of the state next Tuesday in support of...

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Idaho jobless rate falls below 5%

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell below 5 percent in May for the first time in nearly six years, the Idaho Department of Labor reports. More than 15,000 more Idahoans were working in May than in May of 2013, with the jobless rate at 4.9...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014


Labrador falls short in U.S. House leadership bid 

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador lost to Kevin McCarthy in the race to be the next U.S. House majority leader today; a USA Today story posted on KTVB-TV’s website here terms Labrador’s effort just “token” opposition to McCarthy, R-California; click below for a full report from...

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Lawmakers wary of prospects for Medicaid redesign 

State lawmakers may not consider Medicaid redesign options even if they save lives and money, lawmakers on a state Medicaid redesign work group said Wednesday, because the idea of Medicaid expansion is politically "toxic," the AP reports. Click below for a full report from AP...

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