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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2007

One does, one doesn't

At their press conferences yesterday, both Republican Jim Risch and Democrat Larry LaRocco were asked if they read blogs and if they pay attention to the comments posted on them. Risch’s answer: “No and no.” Though he did say, “I do, however, have to tell...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2007

Just to be on the safe side...

At Jim Risch’s announcement for the Senate today, he listed off some big names who are heading up portions of his campaign, starting with former Gov. Phil Batt and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who will be the co-chairmen. Risch said his North Idaho chairwoman will...

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Two Craig staffers depart

Two aides to Sen. Larry Craig are leaving his staff as of the end of this week, according to Craig’s communications director, Dan Whiting. Chelsey Penrod Hickman, a legislative assistant who worked on Appropriations Committee issues, will take a new job as legislative director for...

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Risch launches campaign for Craig's Senate seat

Former Idaho Gov. Jim Risch launched his campaign for Larry Craig’s U.S. Senate seat today, even as Craig continues to fight for his political life in Washington, D.C. Idaho Republicans closed ranks around Risch, with state party Chairman Kirk Sullivan and all but one of...

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2007

Day-care fight still on, a quarter-century later

I took a little journey back through my newspaper’s clips to 1983, when the following stories, all with Coeur d’Alene datelines, appeared in the paper: “Former day care operator admits sex-abuse guilt” “Coeur d’Alene’s council studies day care rules” “Child-care ordinance passed by council” and...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2007

He's certainly famous

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is planning to attend the ceremony next weekend at which he and 11 others are to be inducted into the “Idaho Hall of Fame.” Craig is joined on the fame list by new inductees Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch,...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2007

Curve balls for the governor

Sen. Larry Craig and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter had a “lengthy” phone conversation today, according to Otter’s office, and Otter’s not saying much more than that. Last week, Otter finished interviewing more than two dozen candidates to replace Craig should Craig resign from the Senate,...

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Delegation lines up to support Craig

The other three members of Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation all have issued statements supporting Sen. Larry Craig in his decision to remain in office rather than resign. Here are their statements:Sen. Mike Crapo: “Senator Craig has the right to pursue his legal options as does...

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Craig's not resigning

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has just issued this statement:"I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options."I will continue to serve Idaho in...

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Craig loses in Minnesota court

A Minnesota judge has denied Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s bid to withdraw his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges in a restroom sex-solicitation sting.Hennepin County District Judge Charles A. Porter also denied prosecutors’ bid to block arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union in support of...

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And on the other hand...

Just as Gov. Butch Otter has been speaking out this week in favor of nuclear power, comes the announcement that Dr. Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and author of “Nuclear Power is Not the Answer,” is coming to speak in Boise. It’s...

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'Maybe it's time'

With a rapt audience of nearly two dozen lobbyists listening closely, a legislative interim committee made history this week – recommending repeal of four existing tax breaks and re-evaluation of a long list of others. A similar committee spent months studying the same issues four...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2007

Tax breaks on the chopping block

Wondering which tax breaks are on the chopping block? The four that the legislative interim committee on tax exemptions voted to recommend repealing are: The Investment Tax Credit ($41 million a year); the sales tax exemption for broadcast equipment and supplies ($2.575 million a year);...

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Guv wants to raise pay, cut benefits

It’s long been known that Idaho’s state employee pay lags far below the private sector for similar jobs, but that the state’s benefits are better. Many state workers could make far more in the private sector, but stay on because of a public service commitment...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2007

State retirement funds and genocide

The idea that investments from Idaho’s state retirement fund are helping support genocide in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region is so repugnant to many members of the state’s 118,000-member retirement system that they’ve been calling for change. As a result, PERSI is setting up a new...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2007

Not looking good for Craig

If you read through the transcript of Sen. Larry Craig’s Minnesota court hearing, one thing stands out: Judge Charles Porter doesn’t appear to be buying Craig’s attorneys’ arguments at all. That news was somewhat eclipsed on Wednesday by the Idaho senator's startling announcement that afternoon...

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'Technically not breaking his word'

Greg Smith, an Idaho pollster and political consultant who once served as Craig’s regional director, said, “He technically is not breaking his word, but it is kind of strange that Sept. 30 will have come and gone and he’s going to stay put. I’m a...

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Craig's not quitting - at least not yet

Idaho Senator Larry Craig just issued the following statement, in response to today’s legal proceedings in Minnesota: "Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name. The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea....

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Craig hearing wraps up with no decision

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s hearing in a Minnesota courtroom has wrapped up after about 45 minutes of arguments from attorneys on both sides. At the close of the hearing, Judge Charles Porter indicated that he won’t have a decision until the end of next week...

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Court process 'in many respects irrelevant'

Boise State University political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby, who has observed Idaho Sen. Larry Craig since both were students at the University of Idaho in the 1960s, said this week that that the court hearing taking place in Minnesota today may not be what really...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2007

LaRocco picks up general's endorsement

General Wesley Clark, retired four-star general and former commander of allied forces in Kosovo, has endorsed Idaho’s Larry LaRocco for the U.S. Senate. Clark, who was briefly a Democratic candidate for president in 2004, said today, “Larry’s campaign of working in jobs all across Idaho...

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Craig: Wildfires cause global warming

For all those who’ve been talking about how climate change has contributed to more devastating wildfires – the topic of a Senate committee hearing yesterday – Idaho Sen. Larry Craig put out a press release late yesterday offering the opposite argument. “As a member of...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2007

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2007

Craig prosecutors go into detail

Not only did Minnesota prosecutors file objections yesterday to the ACLU of Minnesota’s brief in support of Sen. Larry Craig, they also went into great detail about the restroom sex solicitation sting that ensnared the senator and exactly what he’s accused of doing. The sting,...

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