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Occupy Boise Challenges Eviction

Members of Occupy Boise today filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court, and U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill scheduled a hearing on it for 3 p.m. Friday. Bryan Walker, attorney for the group, said the group is trying to stop the eviction of the Occupy Boise vigil from state property across from the Capitol. “Our point is it's a violation not only of 1st Amendment rights, but 4th Amendment due process rights,” Walker said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you care one way or the other re: who wins the standoff between Idaho lawmakers & Occupy Boise?

Edit: Solons Pitch A Fit About Tents

RE: Committee introduces new anti-Occupy bill/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

It's comforting to see the 2012 Idaho Legislature gearing up to tackle the most important issues first this legislative session. It could have been funding for Idaho's public schools and universities, gearing up for mandated federal insurance exchanges or even debating the merits of Gov. Otter's IGEM program. Instead it's anti-camping legislation. Specifically, it's legislation that would force those pesky Occupy Movement folks off state land in front of the old Ada County Courthouse. Apparently the state doesn't have an anti-camping law. Upset at looking at the symbolic tents of a handful of protesters, state solons are springing into action/Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. More here. (AP file photo: Daniel Grad works on a computer while waiting for his socks to dry in a dedicated medical tent at the Occupy Boise encampment)

Question: Why are Idaho legislators rushing to evict Occupy campers, when there are so many more important issues facing them?

Occupy Boise Rips Eviction Bill

Scott Knight, a supporter of the Occupy Boise movement,shovels snow from the tent encampment on Wednesday. About two dozen supporters of the Occupy movement have erected tents on state property across from the Capitol. (AP Photo/John Miller)

The Occupy Boise group has sent out a press release declaring HB 380, the bill to evict its encampment from state property across from the state Capitol, “an attack on the civil liberties of the Idaho people's constitutional right assembly.” The group wrote, “Our vigil is set up in a legal fashion so we are not breaking any laws, but there are those who don't want a visible demonstration across the street from the Capitol building/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you vote to evict Occupy Boise from its Capitol area location?

Frat Board Boots 19 UI Delta Chi’s

Nineteen members of Delta Chi became inactive after the fraternity’s national board reviewed the house earlier this month. Five seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen will be banned from living within the house by the end of fall semester, said Brandon Cary Delta Chi president. “It has been a rough road for us,” Cary said. Cary said he was unprepared for the review conducted Nov. 9 and 10.  “I felt like I overlooked the warning gave earlier in the year,” Cary said. “I didn’t think (the review) was even close to necessary. I expected it to be an incident (that caused the review), not a decision.” The decision to review the University of Idaho chapter was made after members of Delta Chi voted to allow alcohol in the fraternity, Cary said/David Humphreys, Idaho Argonaut. More here. (Argonaut photo: Tony Marcolino)

Question: Did you belong to a fraternity or a sorority while in college? Was it a positive experience?