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Eye On Boise instant racing archive

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

Instant racing initiative backers accuse tribe of breaking law, 'thuggish and criminal behavior'

A group seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho on Monday accused the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of breaking state law while attempting to deter the success of their petition, adding they have alerted law enforcement officials to investigate. According to Save Idaho Horse Racing, the tribe has offered at least two petitioners cash...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018

Tribes won't renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals, saying they do not use pari-mutuel wagering...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Lawmakers, racing commission divided on saving industry 

Officials with the Idaho Racing Commission say they'll run out of money by 2018, leaving them unable to regulate the state's horse racing industry unless lawmakers help funnel funds their way. However, top Republican leaders say they no longer trust the racing industry because of their ongoing efforts to reinstate illegal instant racing...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017

Idaho racing groups seek OK of lucrative betting terminals 

Racing groups are urging an Idaho commission to sign off on a last-ditch effort to save their faltering industry after failing to convince the Legislature to reinstate lucrative betting machines known as instant racing terminals. John Sheldon, the operator of Les Bois, Idaho's largest horse racing track, told state racing commissioners Wednesday...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017


Of vetoes, bill-signings and deadlines... 

Here’s an oddity: On Friday, April 8, I wrote that Gov. Butch Otter had signed his last bill from this year’s legislative session and allowed four others to become law without his signature. His office explained to me that once the session has adjourned sine die, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, from the time...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2015


FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2015

FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2015

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2015


FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2015

Of deadlines, rules and attorney fees... 

Idaho is refusing to pay $95,000 in legal fees to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in the instant racing case because the state Attorney General’s office contends the tribe filed its invoice for the fees a day after a 14-day deadline had expired. The tribe says...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2015

'Instant racing' machines go dark after ruling 

Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines have stopped their whirring, flashing and dinging and gone silent across the state today, as Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney certified into law SB 1011, the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Legislature to repeal authorization for the gambling machines....

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News, happenings and more from the Idaho Legislature and the state capital.