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Eye On Boise archive for May 2005

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005

Guv back from trade mission

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, business leaders and state commerce officials couldn’t say enough good things today about their just-concluded two-week trade mission to Asia. The governor led a delegation of 23 Idaho companies and organizations, and made stops in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. At…

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2005

Behind the lawyer, another lawyer

Boiseans aren’t much closer to knowing who the dirty tricksters were behind a last-minute smear against Chuck Winder, a candidate for mayor of Boise who lost narrowly in a crowded race in 2003 after an election-eve telephone message went out falsely linking Winder to a…

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One might run, one's resisting

Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, might run for the open 1st District congressional seat, but former state senator and congressional candidate Skip Smyser is trying to stay out of the race.Stegner said, “I haven’t made a decision. … I still consider it to be early. I’m…

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005

A novel idea: No legislative session

As they plan for a future state capitol renovation, state officials have always factored in a need to hold one or two years’ legislative sessions outside the building during construction. House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, offered a different plan today: Why not skip a…

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005

Bus riding may SEEM like prison, but...

This is just absolutely incredible, unbelievable. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, federal prison officials have been sending federal inmates on Greyhound buses – unescorted – across the country to transfer them from one prison to another. Surprise, surprise – some got off before their…

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005

Friends of the business lobby

The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry, the state’s most powerful business lobby, is jubilant that when it rated state legislators’ voting records, 21 got perfect scores – they voted exactly how IACI wanted them to vote on the organization’s 20-plus key issues. Among the…

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005

Huff family to get Medal of Honor

At the commemoration of Idaho Peace Officers Memorial Day on Friday, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne will present the state’s first Medal of Honor to the family of Linda Huff, the Idaho State Police trooper who was killed in a shootout at the ISP’s North Idaho office…

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005

A perfect tragedy

Boise was rocked over the weekend by a horrific traffic accident that killed a young family and highlighted perhaps the worst possible outcome of irresponsible, reckless driving and “road rage.” It happened early Saturday evening, when a BSU football player in a hurry tried to…

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2005

Senator decries partisanship

Congress is way too partisan, according to GOP Sen. Mike Crapo. “When I got to Washington 13 years ago, I was shocked by the partisanship,” he said in a talk to the Boise City Club this week. But it’s gotten worse. “It has changed over…

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April tax receipts 'spectacular'

State officials are breathing a sigh of relief, after April tax receipts – the biggest month of the year – came in $61.5 million above expectations. That puts the state’s cumulative receipts about $88 million over projections for the year – and makes the state…

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Not quite announcing, but getting close

Here’s what state Sen. Skip Brandt, R-Kooskia, had to say about running for the open 1st District congressional seat in 2006: “I’ll be prepared to make an announcement in a couple weeks. I’m pretty serious about it and getting a lot of pressure to jump…

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005

Farm Bureau changes stance

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, the leading opponent of the Nez Perce water rights agreement in this year’s legislative session, has dropped its opposition to the deal. “After it’s passed, that’s typically what we always do is support the law – so yeah, there’s been…

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