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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2008

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2008

Federal court seats new judge

Judge Ron Bush will have his official investiture ceremony today as a federal magistrate judge, at 1:30 at the federal courthouse in Boise, Courtroom 2. The public is invited. Bush has served as an Idaho 6th District judge since 2003, and previously was a partner…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2008

Two polls, two different results

This must be how we know we have a hot race in Idaho for the 1st Congressional District: Two new polls are out today, showing opposite results. One, conducted by Greg Smith & Associates Sept. 25-30 of 200 likely Idaho voters, showed incumbent Rep. Bill…

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S-R announces layoffs

The Spokesman-Review has announced the layoffs of 21 newsroom employees and four to six newsroom managers. The news hit a stunned staff at a meeting this afternoon in which the paper’s editor, Steve Smith, also announced his resignation, effective Friday. “This is not going to…

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State to AIG customers: Be wary

Idaho state Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal is warning AIG insurance policy holders to be wary of pitches to switch their insurance. “AIG’s insurance companies are financially sound, with substantially more in assets than they need to pay all valid present and projected claims,”…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2008

The full ruling

The Idaho Supreme Court earlier rejected a lawsuit from 10 individuals and the Idaho Republican Party seeking to toss independent candidate Rex Rammell off the ballot for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, offering a speedy ruling as counties were about to print their ballots…

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Crapo votes against bill after claiming credit

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo voted against the big appropriations bill in the Senate over the weekend, after touting the millions in North Idaho research projects that he helped get included in the bill. Crapo released this statement: “Congress has once again failed to fulfill its…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2008

Otter orders 1 percent holdback

Gov. Butch Otter has ordered a 1 percent holdback in the state budget, cutting $27.3 million mid-year. "Acting in moderation now is the prudent and fiscally responsible thing to do," the governor said at a news conference. He ordered state agencies to hold an additional…

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Rammell: Risch elk order was a crime

Independent Senate candidate Rex Rammell is going after Republican rival Jim Risch again over Risch’s order to kill elk that escaped from Rammell’s elk farm in 2006, when Risch was governor; he's already filed a civil lawsuit. “The attorneys have just stumbled onto some law…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2008

Risch, LaRocco weigh in on financial crisis

Idaho U.S. Senate candidates Larry LaRocco and Jim Risch weighed in on the national financial crisis yesterday, LaRocco calling a press conference and detailing his favored solution and Risch, in Washington, D.C., responding by phone to questions from a couple of Idaho reporters.LaRocco, a former…

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Risch campaign: 'Smoke and mirrors'

Matt Ellsworth, campaign director for Jim Risch’s U.S. Senate campaign, had this response today to the Idaho Democratic Party’s FEC complaint against Risch: “This is a desperate act of a desperate party with a candidate who is 28 points behind. When voters are turning away…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2008

Daily Kos poll: Sali leads Minnick, 46-35

And in yet another poll, yet another result: Daily Kos has published a poll of 400 likely Idaho voters in the 1st Congressional District, taken Sept. 17-18, that found GOP Rep. Bill Sali leading Democratic challenger Walt Minnick, 46 percent to 35 percent; here’s a…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2008

Poacher gets jail time, $21K in fines

A Pocatello man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, $21,450 in fines and restitution and 10 years probation for poaching, plus he’s lost his hunting and fishing privileges for life. Russell D. Mee, 53, was sentenced for illegal killing and wasting of deer,…

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Rammell poll: Risch 39.5%, LaRocco 33%

Rex Rammell, independent candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Larry Craig, has released further results from a poll he commissioned in late August in the race, in part to dispute a national Rasmussen Reports automated poll on Sept. 9 that showed Republican…

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They caught it just in time

Deputy Idaho Secretary of State Tim Hurst confirmed this morning that 1st District state Senate candidate Lew Langness isn’t on the ballot, having withdrawn in a June 18 letter to the Secretary of State. “We made a mistake and didn’t take him off the database,…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2008

It's still rerun season?

Wayne Hoffman, campaign spokesman for 1st District Rep. Bill Sali, confirms that the footage used in Sali’s new campaign ad – the incumbent’s first television spot of the campaign season, though his Democratic challenger, Walt Minnick, has been blanketing the airwaves for seven weeks –…

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'Someone made a boo-boo'

Lew Langness of Bonners Ferry was a little surprised to get queries about his stands on issues and why he’s running for the state Senate against Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, because, Langness said, “I’m not really a candidate.” Lew’s wife, Linda, the Boundary County Democratic…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2008

Why they'd need cross-party support

I’ve gotten a few questions from people wondering why any Idaho candidate who’s a Republican would be interested in cross-party support, since the R’s hold such an overwhelming advantage in the state (“Candidates tout cross-party support”). Here’s why: There’s no political party with which a…

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Otter: 'I am hoping for the best'

Gov. Butch Otter says he's "hoping for the best" - that a mid-year budget cut won't be necessary after all. But, he said, he wants to be prepared for cuts if they're necessary. State agencies have until next Wednesday at 10 a.m. to get him…

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When Idaho governors cut the budget

With Gov. Butch Otter poised to order his first mid-year cut in the already-approved state budget, here’s a look at the most recent such holdbacks ordered by Idaho governors: 2003: Gov. Dirk Kempthorne ordered a 3.5 percent holdback on all state agencies except public schools…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2008

Idaho candidates tout cross-party support

Both candidates for North Idaho’s seat in Congress are now saying party labels don’t really matter, after Democrat Walt Minnick released a list of 60 “Republicans for Minnick” and GOP incumbent Bill Sali named a Democratic county commissioner as one of his campaign co-chairmen. “We…

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Timber up, stocks down

There was good news and bad news on the financial front for the state Land Board this morning. On the positive side, the state made $8 million on timber harvests on state endowment lands in August, one of the highest August levels in the last…

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Idaho PUC building going on auction block

Idaho’s top state officials, meeting as the state Land Board, have voted unanimously to auction off the state office building that now houses the Idaho Public Utilities Commission’s offices, along with two other tenants. The office building, called Central Washington Place, is at 602 N.…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2008

Otter backs personnel rule changes

Gov. Butch Otter’s office issued this statement this afternoon on two controversial personnel rule changes his administration imposed on Aug. 24:“The changes detailed in the temporary rule represent responsible stewardship of limited taxpayer resources and are consistent with best management practices in any large organization…

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