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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2007

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2007

Just 78 seats for spectators

When Idaho Sen. Larry Craig goes to court in Minnesota to try to clear his name on Sept. 26, strict rules will be in effect, including the designation of just 78 seats for spectators, including media. Also, the doors will be closed before the hearing…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2007

Could he do it?

Here’s the situation: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is out of state this week, vacationing in Texas, and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is acting governor. This poses the theoretical question: Could Risch make some key appointments while Otter is gone?Idaho Supreme Court Justice Linda Copple Trout…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2007

MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2007

Jorgenson: 'I'd be delighted'

State Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, said it was news to him when the governor added him to his short list today to replace U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, but said, “I think it’d be great if somebody from northern Idaho were named to do that.…

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Not getting the best of reviews

Sen. Larry Craig’s legal arguments in Minnesota don’t appear to be playing too well in Idaho. “I don’t know how many people are impressed with the ‘Statesman made me do it’ defense, and how many people are concerned about the judgment the senator used in…

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Just how scary is the Idaho Statesman?

In view of Sen. Craig’s legal arguments about the “panic”, "fear" and “intense anxiety” he experienced because of an Idaho Statesman investigation, it seems fair to ponder just how scary the Idaho Statesman really is. First, there’s the newspaper’s slogan, “The Treasure Valley’s Best-Read Newspaper…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2007

Guv adds youngest senator to his list

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has added a name to his short list of candidates to replace Sen. Larry Craig – state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, the state Senate’s youngest member. McGee, 34, is a second-term state senator and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Otter…

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Simpson: 'Makes you wonder' about GOP

Strong words from 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, in the latest edition of “The Hill,” a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the Larry Craig brouhaha. In the article, Simpson lashed out at Senate Republican leaders who quickly turned on Craig…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2007

Talking about the Craig case

Tonight, I’ll be appearing on Idaho Public TV’s “Dialogue” program, along with Associated Press reporter John Miller, political scientist Jim Weatherby, University of Idaho journalism prof Kenton Bird and host Joan Cartan-Hansen, to discuss the political implications of the Larry Craig case, including the senior…

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Why Simpson's off the list

Idaho 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson told the AP’s John Miller in a telephone interview from D.C. today that he concluded it’d be better for Idaho if he stayed in the House, rather than a possible move to the Senate to replace Larry Craig. “Frankly,…

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Will he or won't he?

From what Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday, it sounded like Sen. Larry Craig was narrowing the circumstances under which he’d resign from the Senate, with McConnell reporting that Craig would stay in if he can just get his Minnesota guilty plea overturned by…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2007


More grist for speculation

If you’re interested in the question of who might replace Larry Craig as Idaho’s next U.S. senator, check out this transcript of Gov. Otter’s conversation with reporters this morning. In it, Otter throws out two new names – former Idaho Attorney General and Lt. Gov.…

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Craig's 'word game'

Supporters who sympathized with Idaho Sen. Larry Craig as he announced his “intent to resign from the Senate” under pressure from national GOP leaders who pushed him to step down may be feeling misled today, political scientist Jim Weatherby says, at the news - backed…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2007

Craig’s message to wrong number

Roll Call, the Washington, D.C. newspaper that broke the story of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest and guilty plea in a restroom sex solicitation case, has obtained a voice mail message that Craig left at a wrong number Saturday shortly before his press conference saying…

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Fires, fires everywhere

State Highway 55, the main route between Boise and McCall, closed to all traffic at 12:30 today, as an out-of-control wildfire sent rolling debris and falling trees onto the road. The route is closed from north of Horseshoe Bend to just south of Banks, and…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2007


History indicates a speedy replacement

There's historical precedent in Idaho for a governor appointing a replacement for a U.S. senator who resigns – and doing it quickly. In 1921, John F. Nugent, a Democrat, resigned from his Senate seat. The very next day, Gov. D.W. Davis appointed Frank Gooding, who…

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Who was there, who wasn't

Among Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation, only Rep. Bill Sali was standing behind Sen. Larry Craig as he made his resignation announcement. Craig praised Sali, who he said “never wavered” in supporting him. Both Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson issued supportive statements. Asked where…

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Craig sends out Q & A

He took no questions at his press conference, but Sen. Larry Craig’s staff promised to send out a question-and-answer e-mail to answer further questions about the senator’s announcement. Here it is:Q: Why September 30? A: Thousands of Idahoans come to me every year for assistance…

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Tracy: 'State is going to miss him'

Mike Tracy was Sen. Larry Craig’s communications director for 10 years. Now a Boise consultant, Tracy was saddened as he attended Craig’s announcement today, and heard the news that Craig will resign from the Senate after 27 years of service in the U.S. House and…

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Watch Craig announcement live

Any number of news outlets are airing Sen. Larry Craig’s press conference this morning live, starting at 10:30 a.m. Boise time, 9:30 Pacific time. Here's a link to one, KTVB-TV in Boise. To watch, click here.

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