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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2006

Of Mehlman, Sali, Grant, and 'Bill Risch'

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman flew into Boise yesterday to boost GOP congressional candidate Bill Sali at a rally at state GOP headquarters, but the timing wasn’t the greatest. When Mehlman met with reporters, much of the questioning was about the national scandal involving...

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Did so! Did not! I'm telling!

Things are getting hot between Idaho’s Democratic and Republican leaders, with dueling press releases out regarding a GOP congressman from Florida and his pedophilia scandal, who knew what when, who should or shouldn’t apologize, who’s politicizing what, and a bit of name-calling.First, Idaho Democratic Chairman...

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Political lines for the ages

It’s hard to imagine anyone ever topping that great comment from former state Rep. John Campbell, R-Sandpoint, back in 1999, when he said, “I don’t always make the brightest statements in the Legislature, but I feel I’m representative of my district.”But each year, people try....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2006

‘Constitutional crisis’ facing Idaho

If the state’s interpretation of the Idaho Supreme Court’s latest decisions on the long-running school lawsuit is correct, then Idaho is facing a “constitutional crisis,” 4th District Judge Deborah Bail said today.But Judge Bail laid out a different theory – she doesn’t think the Supreme...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2006

OK, who You calling a Tube?

It’s a video extravaganza! Perhaps inspired by those hilarious political satires from the guys, people from all edges of Idaho’s political spectrum have been turning to online video humor to get their political points across, complete with snappy music and lots of attitude, and...

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LaRocco says Risch taking voters for granted

Former Congressman Larry LaRocco, who’s running against current Gov. Jim Risch for the lieutenant governor’s post in the November election, charged today that Risch is “taking Idaho voters for granted” by refusing to debate his opponent in a variety of settings, including the traditional “Idaho...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2006

Sali, Grant to debate on the radio

Republican Bill Sali and Democrat Larry Grant, both of whom are seeking the open 1st District congressional seat, will debate on the radio this Saturday morning in Boise, on Doug McConnaughey’s “AM Radio Saturday” program on KIDO-AM, NewsRadio 580 from 6-8 a.m. The two candidates...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2006

Candidates talk education

Congressman Butch Otter put out a press release today saying he’s for expanding Idaho’s community college system and emphasizing math and science in Idaho schools. He didn’t say how he’d do that, however, beyond calling on “the corporate community – especially technology and health-care employers...

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Idaho governor candidate campaigning in Montana

The Constitution Party candidate for governor formerly known as Marvin “Pro-Life” Richardson (and now legally just “Pro-Life”) reports that he’s headed off on a campaign tour – starting in Missoula, Mont. The candidate said he’ll campaign at the University of Montana, where his hope is...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2006

Lawmakers to lunch on prison food

When the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee comes to town next week for a two-day interim meeting, it’ll spend part of the two days touring various operations where state money is spent, from the Idaho History Center’s archives to a Meridian elementary school to several area state...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 2006

Blast from the past

I was surprised to get a call from the head of special collections at the BSU library, where they’re cataloging some new document collections they’ve obtained from the state library. Included is a collection of documents regarding the Boise Redevelopment Agency from a key time,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2006

Tax protesters listen up

The IRS has something to tell you, as a prominent Idaho painter and his wife were sentenced today for obstructing federal tax laws. John Horejs of Burley and his wife, Elaine, falsely claimed they weren’t U.S. citizens, challenged the authority of the IRS to collect...

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Now he just has one name

Marvin “Pro-Life” Richardson has now officially changed his name – to just “Pro-Life.” Richardson went to court yesterday in Gem County and got the change approved. Now, he said, he has no first name – just the last name of “Pro-Life.” It won’t change how...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 16, 2006

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2006

Weatherby: Voters will start pushing back

Here’s what BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby had to say today about the decision of three prominent Republican candidates – governor candidate Butch Otter, lieutenant governor candidate Jim Risch, and state controller candidate Donna Jones – to skip the usual live statewide debate this...

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State cottage site rents to be re-examined

Idaho’s top elected officials think the state should be charging higher rents for state-owned cabin sites at Priest Lake and Payette Lake. Because of that concern, the state Land Board on Tuesday voted against proceeding with a scheduled November auction for two new leases of...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2006

Standing in history's footsteps

A new bronze statue of explorers Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce Chief Twisted Hair, along with the chief’s young son Lawyer, was unveiled today on the grounds of the Borah Post Office, across from the state capitol. Boise author and historian Carol MacGregor, left,...

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Talk about 'staying on message'

Congressional candidate Bill Sali held a press conference on the Statehouse steps to announce he’s endorsing legislation from an Iowa congressman to declare English the official language of the United States, require all official government business to be conducted in English, and require English tests...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2006

Otter tags campaign event onto 9/11 ceremony

Congressman Butch Otter lined up an on-the-clock engine company from the Meridian Fire Department, along with the chief and other officials, for a campaign press conference this morning just after the official state 9/11 memorial ceremony on the Statehouse steps. “Today, I’m announcing that as...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 2006

Confusion in school lawsuit

Talk about confusion. Last December, the Idaho Supreme Court declared the state’s system for funding school construction unconstitutional, and ordered the Legislature to make major changes. Controversial legislation was passed, and this spring, both sides in the 16-year-old lawsuit filed papers arguing whether they thought...

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On the campaign front

Former Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco has passed the halfway mark in his bid to shake 25,000 Idahoans’ hands as part of his campaign this year for lieutenant governor. Tonight, LaRocco will hold a Boise fundraiser with U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., whom LaRocco described as...

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FMC plant draws $85,000 EPA penalty

The owners of the FMC Idaho LLC plant just west of Pocatello have agreed to pay an $85,000 civil penalty to settle federal Clean Air Act violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that included “excessive emissions” from the idled plant during its decommissioning.Jim Werntz,...

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