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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2007


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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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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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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