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Eye On Boise archive for July 2006

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006

Keough speaks out on candidate surveys

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, sent out this rather interesting note today: “In anticipation that the Project Vote Smart staff will soon be slamming me for not responding to their survey, I’m sending my explanation as to why I did not respond to them or any…

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2006

He's that clear about restricting it

Just how clear was Gov. Jim Risch about restricting the special legislative session on Aug. 25th to the property tax reform bill that he’s proposing? He’s the wording from his proclamation calling the special session: WHEREAS rising property taxes are a major concern to property…

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They’re targeting mountain highways

Driving to the mountains this weekend? ISP wants you to watch out. They’re targeting failure to pull over and improper passing on mountain highways, and will keep it up for the next several weeks. They’re reminding motorists that Idaho law requires that on two-lane highways…

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Idaho race gets DC attention

The Hill newspaper reported today that Idaho’s 1st District congressional race is one of 10 targeted by a GOP “Retain Our Majority Program” or “ROMP” fundraiser that raised close to $1 million. This particular fundraiser, according to the paper, is for “candidates in the most…

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TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2006

Southern lawmakers seeing northern light

Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes told a Coeur d’Alene audience today that legislators from the southern part of the state have learned lessons about property taxes from their North Idaho counterparts. “Your northern Idaho legislators did a tremendous job last session to bring this…

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MONDAY, JULY 24, 2006

Idaho's state quarter: The Peregrine falcon

Idaho’s own special state quarter, which will come out next summer, will feature a Peregrine falcon, the majestic, speedy raptor that was brought back from the brink of extinction by the Boise-based Peregrine Fund. And the only reason all of us know this today? Tim…

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'It's not usually like this'

Lots has happened in the past two weeks, including Gov. Jim Risch’s replacement of state Corrections Director Tom Beauclair with former longtime Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen. Beauclair’s been the director since 2001 and has 30 years experience with the department; Killeen has been a…

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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2006


Kiebert appointed to DEQ board

Former state Transportation Director Kermit Kiebert of Hope has been appointed by Gov. Jim Risch to the state Board of Environmental Quality, to replace former state Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin of Orofino, who is retiring.Risch praised McLaughlin, a longtime Democratic state legislator who served in both…

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Governor expands reporting rule for lobbyists

Gov. Jim Risch issued an executive order this afternoon expanding HB 707, the bill that required those who lobby the executive branch to register and disclose spending just like those who lobby the legislative branch, to also specifically cover people who lobby his staff.“In reviewing…

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MONDAY, JULY 3, 2006

It's like night and day

Boise has been having a run of extremely wild weather in the evenings – booming thunder, dramatic forked flashes of lighting, wind-driven rain and masses of clouds that give the place a monsoon feel – followed each morning by clear, sunny, calm skies that make…

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