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Mug Shot Cites Make $$$ On Shame

When Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney decided to post a daily arrest list and booking photos on the Internet in 2003, it was to provide a public service — and a deterrent for people about to do something really stupid, like drive drunk. The site has become popular, averaging about 200,000 unique visitors a month, and Raney considers it a complete success. “I don’t know how many times I have heard from people that they got a designated driver so they don’t end up on our website,” he said. “The public deterrence factor is pretty high, especially for DUI driving.” But Raney is now considering removing the site ( because of what he sees as an abuse of the public information and service it provides/Patrick Orr, Statesman. More here. (Ada County Jail photo of last person arrested for DUI) H/T: SamC

Question: Would you like to see your sheriff's office publish mug shots of people arrested for DUI?

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Purist Idaho GOP Tells Repub To Scram

New rules, courtesy of the Idaho GOP: From now on, elections are strictly advisory. If those know-it-alls at the state Republican convention disapprove of the results, they’ll just call a do-over. That’s what party faithful said last weekend. Delegates to the state convention voted to send a letter urging Republican Vern Bisterfeldt (pictured) to abandon his race for Ada County commissioner. Because Bisterfeldt has publicly supported Democrats, the GOP wants to exile one of Ada County’s best-known and longest-serving public officials, a former policeman, former county commissioner and current Boise City Council member. The politics of partisan purity have gone statewide, having flopped on the local level/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Idaho GOP telling a respected Ada County political candidate to abandon his race for commissioner because he supported Democrats in the past?

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