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Eye On Boise archive for May 2006

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2006

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2006

Risch says he's 'humbled'

New Gov. Jim Risch had this to say in a statement: “The Secretary of State received Governor Kempthorne’s resignation letter by fax at 12:57 p.m. Friday and in accordance with the Constitution and statutes I became the governor. I am truly humbled by this opportunity.…

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Idaho senators praise new Secretary

Here’s U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s comment on this morning’s Senate confirmation of Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne as Secretary of the Interior:“Today’s confirmation of Dirk Kempthorne marks the beginning of a great tenure at the Interior Department. While there has been some partisanship regarding his confirmation,…

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THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2006

Idaho employers cutting back on benefits

A new survey from the state Department of Commerce and Labor shows Idaho employers sharply cut back on offering basic fringe benefits like medical coverage and paid vacation to their full-time employees from 2002 to 2005.The new 2005 Idaho Fringe Benefits Survey found that three-quarters…

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Making hay while the sun shines

It’s a beautiful, sunny spring day in Boise, and with no Republican event scheduled to celebrate last night’s election results, the other parties are busy making hay of them. Idaho Democrats gathered on the Statehouse steps to celebrate their primary election results, and Democratic nominee…

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Final 1st CD results

Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez pulled into second place in the final results for the 1st Congressional District GOP primary race, but state Rep. Bill Sali is still the winner, according to the Secretary of State’s office’s final unofficial results. Here are the numbers: Bill…

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Comments from the candidates

Here’s what some of the unsuccessful candidates for the 1st District congressional seat had to say last night as the results came in:Robert Vasquez, Canyon County commissioner: “Certainly regardless of the numbers, I was able to get my message out.” Residents of the 1st District,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006

Election night crowds excited despite low turnout

Things were upbeat at the Idaho Democratic Party’s gathering in downtown Boise tonight, where a casually dressed crowd was glorying in strong primary wins by standard-bearers Jerry Brady for governor and Larry Grant for Congress. “We’re going to have a very vigorous, strong, issue-specific and…

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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006

Apparently it's in the eye of the beholder

In last night’s 1st District congressional debate, the GOP candidates variously referred to each others’ campaign claims about themselves and about their opponents as false, misleading, “masquerading” (Sali on Vasquez) and a “flat-out lie” (Vasquez on Sali). So, isn’t it illegal somehow for candidates to…

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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006

Tonight's the big debate

Tonight at 7 p.m., the six candidates vying for the GOP nomination for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat will face off in a 90-minute debate to be broadcast statewide on Idaho Public Television. The match-up is the final installment of the primary election “Idaho…

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TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006

Movin' on up

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has amassed an array of awards, plaques, and mementos over the years that long has been on display in the ornate governor’s office, where he’s presided over Idaho state government for nearly eight years. Now, with a final vote nearing in the…

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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006


Kempthorne nomination clears committee

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s nomination to be the next Secretary of the Interior cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning on a voice vote, with no opposition. However, according to the Associated Press, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., voted “present” instead of “yes” to…

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MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006

The name may have been a giveaway

Operators of a Garden City outfit called “Big Bucks Bingo” have been charged with tax fraud and conspiracy for allegedly claiming more of their take went to charity than really did. It matters because charitable bingo is only legal in Idaho if at least 20…

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Apparently that was a good sign

It turns out that there was no protocol reason for Sen. Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to be addressing Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne repeatedly as "Mr. Secretary" at the end of his confirmation hearing today, as the committee considered…

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Kempthorne picks Ponderosa

Various senators have questioned Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne about Interior Department issues in their own states, from Hawaii to South Carolina, some of which he had to delay comment on until he learned more. So when Idaho Sen. Larry Craig got his turn to ask…

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TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2006

State tax revenues way up in April

Idaho’s state tax revenues for April, at least according to preliminary numbers, are up – way up – to the tune of $112 million more than expected. A whopping $92 million of that came from the individual income tax. Corporate income tax was up $12…

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MONDAY, MAY 1, 2006

Ah, what's in a name?

A newly formed political party, the United Party, may appear on Idaho’s November ballot – even though the group hasn’t gathered the nearly 12,000 signatures it takes to get a new party on the Idaho ballot. That’s because the United Party is merging with the…

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