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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007

Homeowner's exemption headed up

For 2008, Idaho’s maximum homeowner’s exemption from property taxes will rise to $100,938, from the current $89,325, the state Tax Commission announced today. The homeowner’s exemption exempts from tax 50 percent of the value of a homeowner’s primary residence, up to a maximum set by...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2007

Minnesota judge OKs ACLU brief

District Judge Charles Porter in Hennepin County, Minnesota, has ruled in favor of allowing the ACLU of Minnesota’s arguments to be considered in the case of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. The ACLU argues that the restroom sex solicitation sting that ensnared Craig at the Minneapolis-St....

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Craig is back in D.C.

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is back at work in Washington, D.C. today, for the first time since news broke in late August of his June arrest and guilty plea in a bathroom sex solicitation sting. “He needed to be back there to represent Idaho’s interests...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2007

Craig's defense team 'welcomes' ACLU arguments

Sen. Larry Craig’s lead attorney, Billy Martin, has issued this statement on behalf of his defense team:“We welcome the ACLU’s filing today and their involvement in this case. We have argued to the court that the facts which Senator Craig admits happened on that day...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2007

SCHIP funding close to expiring

With funding for the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, due to expire at the end of September if Congress doesn’t act to reauthorize it, calls have been coming from around the state – including from GOP Gov. Butch Otter – for Idaho’s...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2007

And a partridge in a pear tree

OK, this is just weird. Gov. Butch Otter today released a list as long as my arm of names of people “who so far have expressed an interest in being appointed to the U.S. Senate if a vacancy occurs with the resignation of Senator Larry...

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Just 78 seats for spectators

When Idaho Sen. Larry Craig goes to court in Minnesota to try to clear his name on Sept. 26, strict rules will be in effect, including the designation of just 78 seats for spectators, including media. Also, the doors will be closed before the hearing...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2007

Could he do it?

Here’s the situation: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is out of state this week, vacationing in Texas, and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is acting governor. This poses the theoretical question: Could Risch make some key appointments while Otter is gone?Idaho Supreme Court Justice Linda Copple Trout...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2007

MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2007

Jorgenson: 'I'd be delighted'

State Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, said it was news to him when the governor added him to his short list today to replace U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, but said, “I think it’d be great if somebody from northern Idaho were named to do that....

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Not getting the best of reviews

Sen. Larry Craig’s legal arguments in Minnesota don’t appear to be playing too well in Idaho. “I don’t know how many people are impressed with the ‘Statesman made me do it’ defense, and how many people are concerned about the judgment the senator used in...

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Just how scary is the Idaho Statesman?

In view of Sen. Craig’s legal arguments about the “panic”, "fear" and “intense anxiety” he experienced because of an Idaho Statesman investigation, it seems fair to ponder just how scary the Idaho Statesman really is. First, there’s the newspaper’s slogan, “The Treasure Valley’s Best-Read Newspaper...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2007

Guv adds youngest senator to his list

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has added a name to his short list of candidates to replace Sen. Larry Craig – state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, the state Senate’s youngest member. McGee, 34, is a second-term state senator and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Otter...

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Simpson: 'Makes you wonder' about GOP

Strong words from 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, in the latest edition of “The Hill,” a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the Larry Craig brouhaha. In the article, Simpson lashed out at Senate Republican leaders who quickly turned on Craig...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2007

Talking about the Craig case

Tonight, I’ll be appearing on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue” program, along with Associated Press reporter John Miller, political scientist Jim Weatherby, University of Idaho journalism prof Kenton Bird and host Joan Cartan-Hansen, to discuss the political implications of the Larry Craig case, including the senior...

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Why Simpson's off the list

Idaho 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson told the AP’s John Miller in a telephone interview from D.C. today that he concluded it’d be better for Idaho if he stayed in the House, rather than a possible move to the Senate to replace Larry Craig. “Frankly,...

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Will he or won't he?

From what Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday, it sounded like Sen. Larry Craig was narrowing the circumstances under which he’d resign from the Senate, with McConnell reporting that Craig would stay in if he can just get his Minnesota guilty plea overturned by...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2007


More grist for speculation

If you’re interested in the question of who might replace Larry Craig as Idaho’s next U.S. senator, check out this transcript of Gov. Otter’s conversation with reporters this morning. In it, Otter throws out two new names – former Idaho Attorney General and Lt. Gov....

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Craig's 'word game'

Supporters who sympathized with Idaho Sen. Larry Craig as he announced his “intent to resign from the Senate” under pressure from national GOP leaders who pushed him to step down may be feeling misled today, political scientist Jim Weatherby says, at the news - backed...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2007

Craig’s message to wrong number

Roll Call, the Washington, D.C. newspaper that broke the story of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest and guilty plea in a restroom sex solicitation case, has obtained a voice mail message that Craig left at a wrong number Saturday shortly before his press conference saying...

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Fires, fires everywhere

State Highway 55, the main route between Boise and McCall, closed to all traffic at 12:30 today, as an out-of-control wildfire sent rolling debris and falling trees onto the road. The route is closed from north of Horseshoe Bend to just south of Banks, and...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2007

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