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FRIDAY, AUG. 25, 2006

Fri., Aug. 25, 2006, 2:09 p.m.

The debate is on

The House debate on the tax reform plan is still going – and going. To listen in live, go to Among the highlights so far:Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene, said, “It would be politically expedient for me to vote yes – it would probably...

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Fri., Aug. 25, 2006, 11:53 a.m.

Demos give away free pork lunch

Jerry Brady, Democratic candidate for governor, was smiling in the shade outside the state Capitol at the lunch hour today, as Ada County Democrats held a “Pork for the People” luncheon in protest of the tax legislation being enacted in today’s special session. “Pork to...

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Fri., Aug. 25, 2006, 9:49 a.m.

Rev & Tax passes the governor’s bill, 13-6

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee has just voted 13-6 in favor of Gov. Jim Risch’s tax reform bill. Those voting against were Reps. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls; Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls; and Democratic Reps. Nicole LeFavour, Wendy Jaquet, George Sayler and Elmer Martinez. All...

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Fri., Aug. 25, 2006, 7:46 a.m.

Special session is under way

It was well after 8 a.m. by the time the House finally got rolling this morning – the House chaplain got stuck in traffic – but nevertheless, Speaker Bruce Newcomb started off the day with, “The hour of 8 a.m. having arrived…” Both houses went...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2006

Thu., Aug. 24, 2006, 6:29 p.m.

Grant calls on Sali to oppose tax bill

Democratic congressional candidate Larry Grant is calling on his GOP opponent, state Rep. Bill Sali, to vote against Gov. Jim Risch’s tax reform bill, which would cut property taxes and raise the sales tax. Grant favors the Democratic alternative plan, which would just trim property...

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Thu., Aug. 24, 2006, 9:36 a.m.

LaBeau to succeed Ahrens as IACI president

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the influential business lobby, announced today that when its president Steve Ahrens retires next month, he’ll be succeeded by Alex LaBeau, the current head of the Idaho Association of Realtors. Ahrens has held the post for 15 years.Ahrens...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23, 2006

TUESDAY, AUG. 22, 2006

Tue., Aug. 22, 2006, 5:44 p.m.

He didn't know it was 'his policy'

Here’s an oddment reported by the S-R’s Meghann Cuniff up in Post Falls today: Though the Bill Sali congressional campaign said earlier that the fundraising breakfast this morning with U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was closed to the press to comply with the Speaker’s...

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Tue., Aug. 22, 2006, 8:57 a.m.

Risch wants LaRocco separated from him for debate

Current Gov. Jim Risch laid out an unusual suggestion for the format of his statewide televised debate against election opponent Larry LaRocco, the former congressman he faces in his bid for another term as Idaho’s lieutenant governor: Risch wants the two candidates interviewed separately for...

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MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2006

FRIDAY, AUG. 18, 2006

Fri., Aug. 18, 2006, 3:02 p.m.

Idaho revenue outlook looking bright

Idaho’s updated revenue forecast for the coming year was released today, and Gov. Jim Risch said it shows the state could end up with another $200 million-plus surplus at the end of the 2007 fiscal year, on top of the current $203 million it has...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2006

Thu., Aug. 17, 2006, 2:41 p.m.

Ekern resigns, Bower back on board

A month after a state study found serious problems with morale and communication at the Idaho Transportation Department, department Director Dave Ekern has resigned. The state Transportation Board today selected former department Director Dwight Bower, who headed the department for nine years until his retirement...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16, 2006

Wed., Aug. 16, 2006, 5:31 p.m.

A festive, low-key scene

The scene both inside and outside the Dick Cheney-Bill Sali fundraiser was both low-key and festive. Inside, Sali supporters in the specified “business attire” sipped wine, ate cheese and crackers and hors d’oeurves, hugged and laughed as they waited for the vice president to arrive....

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Wed., Aug. 16, 2006, 5:09 p.m.

Cheney: 'You all know Bill'

Vice President Dick Cheney gave GOP congressional candidate Bill Sali his unqualified support at a Boise fundraiser this afternoon, calling Sali “a great candidate for Congress” and adding, to a crowd of about 160 supporters, “You all know Bill.”The $125-per-person fundraiser offered Sali supporters a...

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Wed., Aug. 16, 2006, 1:47 p.m.

Bonner values to rise, but not as much

The state Tax Commission, sitting as the Board of Equalization, came up with a compromise plan for Bonner County taxable values today that will mean increases from 2005 levels, but not by as much as an earlier, disputed assessment that jumped values 62 percent countywide.Tax...

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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2006

Mon., Aug. 14, 2006, 4:36 p.m.

Howard treated for cancer

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Marilyn Howard is being treated for breast cancer, her office just announced, and is undergoing surgery today. “Once Howard recuperates from today’s surgery, she and her physicians will determine appropriate follow-up treatment,” said a statement from Jennifer Oxley, Howard’s new...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2006

Fri., Aug. 4, 2006, 4:30 p.m.

How would the Risch tax plan affect you?

Just in case you're wondering, we've developed an online calculator so you can find out for yourself. How much would you save from the proposed reduction in Idaho's property tax? How much more might you spend with the proposed increase in sales tax? What's the...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2006

Thu., Aug. 3, 2006, 5:01 p.m.

Risch replaces another agency head

Gov. Jim Risch today named David Brasuell the new acting administrator of the Division of Veterans Services, replacing Joe Bleymaier, whom Risch’s office said resigned last week. The Veterans Affairs Commission – which Brasuell currently chairs – is charged with nominating a permanent director. Brasuell...

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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006

Mon., July 31, 2006, 11:54 a.m.

Keough speaks out on candidate surveys

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, sent out this rather interesting note today: “In anticipation that the Project Vote Smart staff will soon be slamming me for not responding to their survey, I’m sending my explanation as to why I did not respond to them or any...

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2006

Fri., July 28, 2006, 10:59 a.m.

He's that clear about restricting it

Just how clear was Gov. Jim Risch about restricting the special legislative session on Aug. 25th to the property tax reform bill that he’s proposing? He’s the wording from his proclamation calling the special session: WHEREAS rising property taxes are a major concern to property...

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Thu., July 27, 2006, 3:52 p.m.

They’re targeting mountain highways

Driving to the mountains this weekend? ISP wants you to watch out. They’re targeting failure to pull over and improper passing on mountain highways, and will keep it up for the next several weeks. They’re reminding motorists that Idaho law requires that on two-lane highways...

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Wed., July 26, 2006, 1:24 p.m.

Idaho race gets DC attention

The Hill newspaper reported today that Idaho’s 1st District congressional race is one of 10 targeted by a GOP “Retain Our Majority Program” or “ROMP” fundraiser that raised close to $1 million. This particular fundraiser, according to the paper, is for “candidates in the most...

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