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Eye on Boise: Idaho prisons agree to provide kosher meals to Jewish inmates

Sun., Aug. 27, 2017

In this  photo taken June 15, 2010, inmates return to their cells at the Idaho State Correctional Institution in Boise, Idaho. Several inmates have successfully sued the prison system to provide kosher meals. (Charlie Litchfield / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Under a settlement agreement and court order, the Idaho Department of Correction is being required to offer a new kosher diet to state prisoners in all its prisons after four Jewish prisoners and the ACLU of Idaho sued in federal court. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale will supervise the settlement agreement to enforce its requirements, which include providing food that’s certified kosher and served in pre-packaged, sealed servings.

Carlson: ‘So Long, Cece’

Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Chris Carlson, right, joins Cecil Andrus, left, to discuss Carlson’s book, “Cecil Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest Governor” in 2011. (Ridenbaugh Press)
When Cecil Andrus first ran for governor in 1966, his campaign manager was Leo Krulitz, a brilliant young attorney from Mullan, a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law. He came up with what he thought would be the winning slogan: Cecil Andrus for Governor - “My kind of man.”

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott defends white nationalists in Facebook post

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Screenshot from Rep. Heather Scott’s personal Facebook account. (Facebook)
North Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, in a Facebook post on Sunday, defended white nationalists in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, a day earlier, posting that a white nationalist is “no more than a Caucasian who (sic) for the Constitution and making America great again.”

Otter condemns violent white supremacy, calls on Labrador to do the same – and Labrador does

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, right, talks with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden at the state Capitol in Boise on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, prior to presiding over a state Land Board meeting. After the meeting, Otter spoke out against racist violence, recalling Idaho’s own history with the Aryan Nations, and called on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador to join the rest of the state’s congressional delegation in denouncing white supremacist violence after the events in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Asked about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday recalled Idaho’s own experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho – and called on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who had remained mum, to join the other three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation in denouncing white supremacist violence. On Tuesday evening, Labrador did so.

Crapo, Simpson, Risch condemn racist violence; Labrador stays mum

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

An excavator digs into a dilapidated cook shack which had a swastika on the roof at the Aryan Nations compound north of Hayden Lake in 2001; the complex was demolished and turned into a peace park after a lawsuit bankrupted the white supremacist group. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Three of the four members of Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation have spoken out strongly against the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, condemning racism and white supremacy as counter to American values. The fourth, 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, had no comment, and his office did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Idaho reporters.

Denney sends voter commission public records form, bill

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

In this May 20, 2014, file photo, Idaho Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney, with his wife Donna on the left and daughter Jennifer on the right, gives a speech at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Denney has sent President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud an official public records request form and a bill for $20. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
Idaho’s Secretary of State Lawrence Denney has sent President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud an official public records request form and a bill for $20.

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