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Eye On Boise archive for May 2008

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

Otter picks troops over GOP

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Washington state Republican Party convention tonight in Spokane, but now he’s canceled. “He’s going to greet the troops that are coming in tonight at 7:30 … out at Gowen,” said Otter’s press…

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

We got beat by Houston and Omaha?

Boise has made another magazine ranking, this time ranking No. 4 among Kiplinger’s “10 Best Cities of 2008.” The magazine, which will publish the rankings in its July issue (which is out in two weeks), said its editors ranked cities “with strong economies, abundant jobs,…

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Minnick calls for joint town halls with Sali

Democratic congressional candidate Walt Minnick today called on incumbent GOP Rep. Bill Sali to join him in a series of 10 town-hall meetings throughout the 1st Congressional District over the summer, with no moderator, just the two candidates taking questions from the public and expressing…

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Five legislative incumbents lose in primary

Incumbent Idaho legislators who lost their seats in yesterday’s primary election were Rep. Diana Thomas, R-Weiser, an Otter appointee who lost to Judy Boyle; Rep. Curtis Bowers, R-Caldwell, another Otter appointee who lost to Pat Takasugi; Sen. Stan Bastian, R-Eagle, who lost to Chuck Winder;…

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Horton wins by 285 votes

When all the votes were finally counted, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton held his seat by just 285 votes. In unofficial final results, Horton had 74,665 votes to challenger Judge John Bradbury’s 74,380. Horton told the AP, “I’m pleased though I’d hoped it wouldn’t…

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

Now it's even closer...

With 71 percent of the vote counted, it’s a virtual dead heat in the contested race for the Idaho Supreme Court. Both incumbent Justice Joel Horton and challenger Judge John Bradbury have 50 percent of the vote. But Horton has a tiny edge, with 52,970…

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Ron Paul has 22 percent

With 36 percent of the vote counted in the GOP presidential primary in Idaho tonight, John McCain had 72 percent, but Ron Paul had 22 percent, while 6 percent of votes were for uncommitted delegates. Though the GOP nomination already has been decided and McCain…

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It’s Election Day – go and vote

Today is the day for Idaho’s primary election, with the ballot covering everything from the presidential race to local county commission and legislative contests to a contested non-partisan race for the Idaho Supreme Court. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and with…

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008

Reasons to vote on Tuesday

Ah, Memorial Day weekend. In Idaho it means military ceremonies, hikes and bike rides, the opening of fishing season on rivers and streams, three days off, the year’s first camping trip for some, and if the weather cooperates, a taste of the summer to come.…

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

Horton campaign planning big push?

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton’s campaign finance report is in now, and it hints that much is in the works from his campaign in the final days. As of May 12, Horton’s campaign committee had raised more than $70,000, including a $10,000 loan from…

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Another campaign finance tidbit

IACI is stepping directly into campaigning this year, mounting independent expenditure campaigns on behalf of three incumbent Idaho lawmakers and one Senate challenger in the GOP primary election. The business lobbying group reported spending $2,640 on a mailing and advertising on behalf of Clayton Cramer…

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Luna announces teacher evaluation group

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has named a 22-member task force to develop standards for evaluating teacher performance, following up after his pay-for-performance plan failed in this year’s Legislature. Luna said, “The work of this task force will be critical in improving the public…

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

Schools case may not be over yet

Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley says the school districts that sued the state and got Idaho’s funding system declared unconstitutional aren’t giving up yet – even though a federal judge has tossed out their lawsuit against five Idaho Supreme Court justices for taking…

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The Democrat who's helping Sali's campaign

Jack Buell, longtime elected Democratic county commissioner in Benewah County, has signed on as a county co-chairman of Republican Congressman Bill Sali’s re-election campaign. The campaign says it’s a sign that Sali has bipartisan support, though they couldn’t name another Democratic supporter. Buell has a…

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008

High court candidates face off

The two competing candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court clashed over everything from the state’s judicial selection process to political influence on the court, in a debate broadcast live tonight on Idaho Public Television. District Judge John Bradbury of Lewiston, the challenger, said, “It’s who…

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Watch the candidates live tonight

Idaho Supreme Court candidates Joel Horton, incumbent, and John Bradbury, challenger, will face off in a debate to be broadcast live tonight on Idaho Public Television. The debate will air at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, 7:30 Pacific time.

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Duncan delay will be a long one

The federal court has issued an order advising the more than 300 potential jurors in the Joseph Duncan case that their term as potential jurors is being extended due to the delays in the case – the judge has ordered a second mental evaluation of…

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Further delay in Duncan case

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge announced today that even after receiving an evaluation of confessed killer Joseph Duncan’s mental competency, he’s not ready to rule on whether Duncan can act as his own attorney in his death penalty hearings until there’s further review.In a press…

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008

Idaho GOP lawsuit hasn't proceeded

The Idaho Republican Party’s lawsuit against the state of Idaho seeking to close the state’s primary elections has been sitting in federal court for a month, but the state hasn’t responded. The reason? They’ve never been served with the lawsuit. “As best as I can…

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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008

Meet the candidates – Idaho Senate race

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s retirement has prompted something of a ballot rush, with eight Republicans, two Democrats, two independents and a Libertarian vying for the chance to replace Craig in the U.S. Senate.Idaho’s primary election is May 27, but many voters – particularly in Kootenai…

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Wasden: Facebook to target predators

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today announced an agreement between Facebook and Idaho, along with 48 other states and the District of Columbia, to provide new safeguards to protect children on the popular social networking site from sexual predators and inappropriate content. “I look forward…

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008

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