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Eye on Boise: Welcome to our new Olivias, Williams

BOISE – Idaho’s most-popular baby names in 2010, according to the newly published state vital statistics report: Olivia and William. Placing second: Emma and Samuel, with Sophia and Logan right …


Eye on Boise: Idaho ranks low in latest measure of gender pay gap

BOISE – Idaho ranks 43rd among the states for its gender pay gap, according to a new study from the American Association of University Women. It found that, based on …


Eye on Boise: Here’s the rub: You’ll need a license to massage

BOISE – Idaho will join 43 other states and start licensing massage therapists, after Sen. Jim Hammond‘s bill was signed into law last week by Gov. Butch Otter. Therapists will …


Eye on Boise: Session comes to a screaming end

BOISE – On the final night of this year’s legislative session, the Senate was disrupted by a woman’s shrill scream from the fourth-floor public gallery: “Give that back!” An Occupy …


Eye on Boise: New legal defense fund, at $200,000, a late addition

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature has created its own $200,000 legal defense fund, to be controlled by House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. The surprise appropriation, …


Eye on Boise: Cigarette tax hike quickly stubbed out

BOISE – When a proposed $1.25-per- pack cigarette tax increase was rejected by a House committee last week – the panel refused to introduce the bill or allow a hearing …


Eye on Boise: Panel finishes agency budgets

BOISE – Legislative budget writers have now set all state agency budgets for next year, finishing their work by setting the Medicaid budget on Friday. In total, the Joint Finance-Appropriations …


Eye on Boise: Legislative races shaping up; Rammell files to run

BOISE – Bombastic former gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has filed to run for the Legislature against freshman Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, and that’s just the start of the election news. …


Eye on Boise: Aging state equipment enters ‘duct tape’ stage

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s state budget recommendation calls for zero funding for capital replacement items, but lawmakers are concerned that some equipment replacement needs are too critical to continue …


Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales

BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …


Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …


Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government …


Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear

BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …


Eye on Boise: Health committee has plenty to peruse

BOISE – There was quite the spectacle at the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee’s first meeting last week when chairwoman Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, had legislative pages bring …


Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


Eye on Boise: Seminars on open meetings, public records draw well

More than 230 people throughout North Idaho attended open government seminars last week in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston. Each of the sessions, sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in …


Eye on Boise: Put lifetime of hunting, fishing under tree

BOISE – Need a whopper of a gift idea for the outdoors enthusiast on your list? Idaho Fish and Game has one: A lifetime of Idaho hunting or fishing – …


Eye on Boise: Seminars coming on public records, open meetings

BOISE – Everyone in Idaho should know what is covered – and what’s not – by the state’s public records and open meetings laws. That’s the premise behind a series …


Eye on Boise: 4 counties in lawsuit offer own district map

BOISE – The four Idaho counties that are suing to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan – which include Kootenai County – have drawn up and submitted to the Idaho …


Eye on Boise: State revenues fall just shy of predictions

BOISE – Idaho’s general fund revenues for October are in, and they’re almost exactly on target, missing state economists’ forecast by just 0.7 percent. At $209.9 million, the month’s tax …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s dimmer economic outlook mirrors nation’s

BOISE – Idaho’s new economic forecast is out, and it’s a gloomier outlook than the state’s last forecast in July – though it still predicts growth. The change comes mainly …


Eye on Boise: Risch no longer among 15 richest lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has dropped one spot on Roll Call’s list of the 50 richest members of Congress, to 16th. The Capitol Hill newspaper analyzes congressional financial …


Post your thoughts on education reform

BOISE – Public comments on the State Board of Education’s proposed new online class graduation requirement – requiring every Idaho high school student to take two online courses to graduate …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting whirlwind continues

BOISE – Idaho’s new citizen redistricting commission crisscrossed the state last week, holding hearings in Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Boise, all in the course of three days. “We’ve gotten …


Eye on Boise: New redistricting panel to visit CdA

BOISE – Idaho’s new citizen redistricting commission is coming to town – the commission has scheduled a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coeur d’Alene City Hall. …


Eye on Boise: Zions offices would complete Boise core

BOISE – It’s big news for Boise that Zions Bank is planning new headquarters at the corner of Eighth and Main streets downtown. That’s the site of the infamous Boise …


Eye on Boise: Libraries in Idaho adding pep to the Net

BOISE – Although Idaho achieved the dubious distinction last week of being declared the state with the slowest Internet by the New York Times – some Idahoans apparently are having …


Eye on Boise: Statesman editor takes helm of ‘Idaho Reports’

BOISE – Idaho Public Television announced that Greg Hahn has been hired as the new producer and host of “Idaho Reports,” the weekly program that reports on happenings in the …


Eye on Boise: Recruiting letter leans heavily on Otter’s name

BOISE – Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho’s secretary …


Eye on Boise: State endowment land may be restaurant site

The recent brouhaha over operation of a mini-storage business on Idaho state endowment land is expanding a bit. Now, a report has surfaced about the state Lands Department seeking proposals …