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Ah, election night

There was a slow, steady stream of people dropping by to cast their ballots when I went to vote in today’s city elections, no lines, no fuss. When the ballots were counted in Boise, Mayor Dave Bieter had won a second term, defeating former police...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2007

Talk about 'warehousing' prisoners...

The latest plan for finding more places to shoehorn inmates into in-state prison beds – and avoid sending hundreds more out of state – involves converting a huge warehouse at the privately run, state-owned Idaho Correctional Center into bed space for 304 prisoners. But it...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2007

Malmen out, Kreizenbeck in

All the way from China (where he’s on a trade mission this week), Gov. Butch Otter today announced that Jason Kreizenbeck, currently director of government affairs for Micron Technology, will be his new chief of staff – succeeding Jeff Malmen at the end of November....

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UI says it will 'stop delivering junk mail'

I guess it didn’t occur to me that the University of Idaho was in the business of delivering junk mail, but the university announced today that it’ll stop doing that on Jan. 1. “The university processes and distributes a large volume of bulk mail, almost...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2007

Legislative action could stall...

As the state Legislature’s first of two planned legislative sessions outside the state capitol building approaches, there are a few details that could make things difficult. Among them: The Capitol Annex, the former Ada County courthouse where lawmakers will convene for the next two years...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2007

ACLU: Invitations for sex are free speech

The American Civil Liberties Union was granted permission today by the Minnesota Court of Appeals to file a “friend of the court” brief in Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s appeal there, just as it did in Craig’s failed attempt at the District Court level to withdraw...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2007

Why it's Hailey that's voting on marijuana

In today’s Twin Falls Times-News, reporter Jared Hopkins reveals why it’s the Wood River Valley city of Hailey that’s voting next week on four pro-marijuana initiatives. The measures’ sponsor, Garden City resident and activist Ryan Davidson – who fought all the way to the Idaho...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2007

Prominent cattleman to pay big penalty

The Bruneau Cattle Co. has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty to settle violations of the Clean Water Act for letting feedlot runoff from its pens run down a canal into C.J. Strike Reservoir. The feedlot, with more than 4,000 head of cattle, had no...

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Auction flops, cabin owners find hope

When the state tried to auction off the rights to lease two brand-new, lakefront lots on Priest Lake a week ago, the auction was a flop – no one bid. It was a disappointing test case for the state Lands Department, which was proposing new...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2007

Craig presses forward with Minnesota case

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has taking the next step in pressing forward with his appeal in Minnesota, where he’s seeking to take back his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges in a restroom sex-solicitation sting. Craig today filed his “Statement of the Case,” a document...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2007

Governor, Sho-Bans reach fuel tax agreement

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Chairman Alonzo Coby signed a fuel tax agreement this morning, the second Indian nation in Idaho to reach such an agreement before a Dec. 1 deadline set last year by state lawmakers. Like the earlier agreement between the...

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Water wars spread north

Lots is happening with the proposed adjudication of all the water rights in North Idaho. Just yesterday, the Kootenai County commission voted against signing on to an anti-adjudication resolution already endorsed by commissioners in Bonner, Boundary, Shoshone and Benewah counties (but rejected by Latah County...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2007

Flying the VanderSloot skies

When Lt. Gov. Jim Risch flew around the state to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, he was in a Learjet owned by eastern Idaho businessman and conservative activist Frank VanderSloot. Risch rented VanderSloot’s plane, the Associated Press reported, but the tie is of...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2007

THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2007

Craig interview a ratings flop for NBC

Ouch. For all the hype, NBC’s Matt Lauer interview with Idaho Sen. Larry Craig didn’t do well in the ratings – it tied for last place in the time slot among adult viewers 18-49 with CW’s “Beauty and the Geek.” That’s according today’s New York...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2007

'He's doing it for himself'

Idaho Statesman Dan Popkey offers an interesting column today comparing Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s case to that of former Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., who resigned from the Senate after an ethics committee voted to expel him for sexual harassment and misconduct, then went on to...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2007

'We are only as good as our word'

KTVB-TV culled some of its questions for Sen. Larry Craig from Idahoans. One was about the importance of keeping one’s word. “Candace is absolutely right, we are only as good as our word,” Craig responded. “And for a time, my message was mixed. … I...

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Graphic ads a taste of what's to come

Folks up in North Idaho are getting a small taste now of what’s coming next year, when graphic anti-methamphetamine ads will flood Idaho’s airwaves and pop up everywhere from the pages of high school newspapers to roadside billboards. The Idaho Meth Project, which hopes to...

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MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2007

What it says (not much)

Sen. Larry Craig has filed his appeal in his Minnesota sex-solicitation case, and here’s what it says: Not much. Really. There’s just notice that he’s filing an appeal, and that the required $500 fee is being submitted. That’s it. The way the Minnesota Court of...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2007

Another one on the wall

Gov. Butch Otter welcomed the crowd at the Idaho’s Hall of Fame ceremony tonight – he was among the inductees, as were Sen. Larry Craig and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch – by saying, “I appreciate the opportunity to be amongst this much-distinguished class. I’d say...

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Sen. Larry Craig on fame

At tonight’s Idaho’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony (read my full story here), at which scandal-plagued Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was among the dozen inductees, MC David Leroy did lots of musing about the nature of fame. He offered quotes on the subject from everyone...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2007

THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2007

Talking about the Craig story

Tonight, I’ll be joining Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman, John Miller of the Associated Press and host Marcia Franklin on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue” program to talk about the ongoing saga of our senior senator, Larry Craig. We’ll be taking your calls live on...

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