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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2005

Wed., Jan. 19, 2005, 10:34 a.m.

And for the next act...

The entire state Capitol has turned into something of a three-ring circus today, with the first, second and third floors of its ornate central rotunda crowded with displays, booths, and crowds of browsers sampling Idaho products. It’s the annual “Buy Idaho” show, which showcases dozens...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2005

Tue., Jan. 18, 2005, 8:33 a.m.

Not the conventional wisdom

Legislative budget writers usually talk about saving money by privatizing government services, but this morning, the Department of Health & Welfare told them they could save millions by doing the opposite – “in-sourcing” a bunch of information technology workers who now are outside contractors.“The state...

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MONDAY, JAN. 17, 2005

Mon., Jan. 17, 2005, 2:52 p.m.

Everybody's doing it

Citing the many health benefits of cannabis, medical marijuana activist Tim Teater outlined a proposal to legalize the drug at a press conference at the Capitol this afternoon. In front a smattering of reporters and cameras, Teater said it’s time for Idaho to join other...

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Mon., Jan. 17, 2005, 12:41 p.m.

So that's the word

What do you call a third-year college student who’s in her second year at North Idaho College? A “super-sophomore.” That’s according to Heather Erikson, NIC student body president and super-soph.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2005

Thu., Jan. 13, 2005, 4:27 p.m.

Crow opens door

House Tax Chairwoman Dolores Crow, R-Nampa, has cracked open the door to reconsidering Idaho’s numerous sales tax exemptions. For years, Crow has been the chief opponent of re-examining exemptions, and has thwarted attempts. But this week, she said it might be time to take another...

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Thu., Jan. 13, 2005, 10:31 a.m.

Unemployment compromise reached

Here’s an unlikely prospect: Business and labor sitting down together to work out a plan for increased unemployment taxes on businesses and reduced benefits for workers. But that’s really what’s happened. Today, the state Department of Commerce and Labor unveiled compromise legislation on Idaho’s unemployment...

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Thu., Jan. 13, 2005, 9:21 a.m.

Two Shepherds among the flock

There are two Rep. Shepherds in the House of Representatives now – Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, now is joined by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, who defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Chuck Cuddy in the fall election. To make matters just a bit more confusing, when...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2005

Tue., Jan. 11, 2005, 4:15 p.m.

Safety in the Statehouse

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne had just finished detailing all the safety problems in the state Capitol, as part of his pitch in his State of the State address for renovating the historic structure.“Thousands of children visit this building every year,” the governor said. “Yet the only...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2005

Mon., Jan. 10, 2005, 1:28 p.m.

Activists rally for health care

Less than an hour after the legislature convened, backers of an all-inclusive health care system gathered on the Capitol steps to plead their case.With white signs that read “Insure Idaho!” about 150 Idahoans rallied over rising health and prescription drug costs, the increasing burden on...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2005

Sun., Jan. 9, 2005, 9:12 p.m.

The Legislature's here

At noon on Monday, the House and Senate will convene, and then, at 7 p.m. Mountain time, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne will give his combined State of the State address and budget message to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature. This is it – the...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2005

Tue., Jan. 4, 2005, 3:58 p.m.

9th Circuit says 'pimp' can be compliment

According to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “rollin’ deep” means “driving along in a cool car;” “kick flavor” means “to perform, to be entertaining; to “scope” means to “evaluate a member of the opposite sex visually;” and a “hottie” is “an attractive or sexually...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2005

Mon., Jan. 3, 2005, 2:34 p.m.

New justice sworn in

Former Idaho Attorney General Jim Jones donned the black robe and took his seat Monday as Idaho’s newest state Supreme Court justice. After Chief Justice Gerald F. Schroeder administered the oath of office to Jones, there were some remarks by people who have known and...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2004

Wed., Dec. 29, 2004, 2:56 p.m.

Could they top Taco Bell Arena?

There’s been plenty of controversy over the sale of naming rights to Boise State University’s indoor stadium, the Pavilion, which resulted in it being renamed Taco Bell Arena (really). In addition to the obvious question of taste, students and faculty were angry over the $4...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2004

Thu., Dec. 23, 2004, 3:49 p.m.

One more theory

Longtime Idaho political observer and Idaho Falls Post-Register editorial page editor Marty Trillhaase recently expounded another theory for why Butch Otter announced so early that he’s running for governor in 2006 – so early that it was before Otter even took his oath of office...

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2004

Mon., Dec. 20, 2004, 10:31 a.m.

The rumor mill

Why did Butch Otter announce his ’06 bid for governor so soon – before he’d even been sworn in for the two-year congressional term to which he’s just been elected?One theory is that Otter wanted to scare off his likely primary opponent, current Idaho Lieutenant...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2004

Tue., Dec. 14, 2004, 8:42 a.m.

'You all passed'

Here’s Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s final comment after Idaho’s electoral college votes were formally cast on Monday:“That would conclude the electoral college – you have all passed.”

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2004

Thu., Dec. 9, 2004, 2:21 p.m.

Protesters get community service

Eleven protesters, including former Rep. Henry Kulczyk, R-Eagle, were convicted this week of resisting and obstructing an officer when they tried to physically block the city of Boise from removing a Ten Commandments monument from a remote spot in a city park last March. The...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2004

Tue., Dec. 7, 2004, 10:34 a.m.

New adjutant general

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne introduces Brigadier General Lawrence Frank Lafrenz, right. Adjutant General Jack Kane is at left.In the midst of the largest deployment of the Idaho National Guard in the state’s history, Idaho’s Guard is getting a new leader.Adjutant General Jack Kane will retire on...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2004

Thu., Dec. 2, 2004, 12:09 p.m.

Whoops, not THAT seat

At the organizational session of the Legislature today, members got the chance to pick the seats in the chambers that they’ll occupy for the next two years. Seat-picking goes in order of seniority, so new Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, was among the last to pick....

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Wed., Dec. 1, 2004, 11:54 a.m.

Cities have problems too

Post Falls city finance director Shelly Enderud noted that cities in Idaho are facing tax-related problems, too."Citizens feel there is an ever-increasing tax burden with declining services," she told the Associated Taxpayers conference. "To a certain extent that's true - our revenue has not kept...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2004

Wed., Nov. 24, 2004, 1 p.m.

It was that close

You might have thought the elections were over in Idaho, but in one Boise-area legislative race, the result’s been in question all this time. First-term Rep. Kathie Garrett, R-Boise, initially beat Democratic challenger Sean Spence by just nine votes, a super-thin margin that led to...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2004

Mon., Nov. 22, 2004, 12:05 p.m.

Al Lance finally confirmed

A year after he was nominated, former Idaho Attorney General Al Lance has, at long last, been confirmed by the Senate for an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.Lance, who served two terms as attorney general, left office two years ago...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2004

Wed., Nov. 17, 2004, 11:58 a.m.

Turkey for the troops

What will you be doing for Thanksgiving? Gov. Dirk Kempthorne will be serving up turkey to Idaho National Guard troops in Louisiana, where they’re preparing to begin deploying to Iraq the day after the holiday.To give the troops a proper send-off, Kempthorne also has arranged...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2004

Tue., Nov. 9, 2004, 9:31 a.m.

Boise disappears

It usually doesn’t happen until December – and some years not much at all – but Boise’s inversion is back. For the past few days, the Boise valley has been shrouded under a thick, grayish fog, held in under an inversion that’s trapped cold, damp,...

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Wed., Nov. 3, 2004, 9:43 a.m.

Changes, but small ones

As the dust settles from a busy election night, it appears that Idaho Democrats have lost three seats in the state House, dropping from 16 to 13 seats there, but kept even with seven seats in the state Senate.There could still be recounts in some...

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