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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015




From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV. (IPTV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little joins the pundits panel on tonight’s “Idaho Reports,” to discuss the upcoming legislative session, education, tax cuts, health care, state revenue and more. I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on the panel for the discussion;...

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Otter names Roberts chairman of the state Tax Commission 

Former state Rep. Ken Roberts, now a state tax commissioner, was named chairman of the four-member commission today by Gov. Butch Otter, succeeding Commissioner Rich Jackson as chairman. Jackson remains a commissioner and will chair the nationwide Multistate Tax Commission in 2016. Otter said the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015


New Ada County magistrate judge named

Ada County has a new magistrate judge: Boise attorney Jill Jurries, whose appointment was announced today by the 4th District Magistrate Commission. She’ll start in January. Idaho has 89 magistrate judges, 23 of them in the 4th District, which is centered in Ada County. Jurries,...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015


Risch suggests Cruz spilled classified info in GOP debate 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who has endorsed Marco Rubio for president, suggested on CNN today that rival GOP candidate Ted Cruz revealed classified information during last night’s Republican presidential debate. Cruz was talking about telephone surveillance programs aimed at detecting terrorism. After he said the...

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Flawed Schoolnet system to go dark on June 30 

The State Department of Education will pull the plug on the Schoolnet instructional management system on June 30, the department’s chief technology officer told lawmakers Wednesday. Idaho EdNews reports that the department has been looking for a path away from the Schoolnet mess since March,...

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Changes to state purchasing laws will take more time...

Lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee heard an update today on their 2014 report on strengthening state contract management, which had called for significant changes. Staffer Amanda Bartlett reported that after proposed rule changes were defeated in the last legislative session, a legislative interim...

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West Ada hires Rannells as new superintendent

The board of the troubled West Ada School District voted unanimously last night to hire Mary Ann Ranells, former Lakeland School District superintendent and former deputy state superintendent, as the district’s next superintendent. Rannells will start the first week of January; she replaces former longtime...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015


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