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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2009

Setting rivalry aside - temporarily

Boise State University and the University of Idaho will meet on the football field this Saturday amid all the usual rivalry, but a day earlier, the presidents of the two universities say they'll set rivalry aside to talk research. UI President Duane Nellis and BSU…

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Representatives of all branches of the armed forces participate in a flag-folding ceremony to commemorate a dozen Idaho veterans whose cremated remains, long unburied and unclaimed, were interred recently at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. (Courtesy photo / Patti Murphy)

Missing no more...

When the remains of 13 veterans were interred at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery last Friday, with full military honors and a formal flag-folding ceremony, it was just the latest sign that the Missing In America Project is accomplishing its goal in Idaho - to…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

'Tough to run campaign without money' 

Former GOP legislative candidate Kevin McGowan, who was GOP congressional candidate Ken Roberts' campaign manager until he recently resigned, said, "I wish Ken and his family the best. He's a good person." Asked why he decided to leave the campaign, McGowan said, "It was obvious…

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The political ins and outs...

Here's a link to my full story at on the developments in the 1st District congressional race today, in which Ken Roberts has dropped out, Raul Labrador says he's jumping in, and Vaughn Ward is powering ahead. All this activity is on the GOP…

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Labrador? Sali? 

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, says he's planning to jump into the 1st District GOP primary race, which already includes Iraq war veteran Vaughn Ward and retired Boise physician Allan Salzberg, but no longer includes House Assistant Majority Leader Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly. "I am making preparations…

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Ward on Roberts withdrawal: 'I'm in' 

Vaughn Ward, GOP candidate for Congress, had this comment this morning on GOP rival Ken Roberts' withdrawal from the race: "He's a leader in the Idaho Statehouse, and he's served Idaho well over the past 10 years. I know that he's going to continue to…

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Roberts withdraws from 1st CD race 

Ken Roberts announced this morning that he's withdrawing from the 1st District congressional race, in which he was vying for the GOP nomination for a chance to challenge 1st District Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick. Roberts cited "an unexpected health issue," and also hinted that other…

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

Roberts loses campaign manager 

Idaho state Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, who's running for the 1st District congressional seat, has gotten off to a rather slow start in his campaign, lagging far behind fellow GOP hopeful Vaughn Ward in fundraising eight months out from the primary election. As of the…

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Blake Hall resigns from national GOP role

Former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Blake Hall, a lawyer, longtime public official and prominent political player in the state, has resigned from his seat on the Republican National Committee, Idaho party Chairman Norm Semanko announced today, two days after Hall reported to the Bonneville County…

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Fallout from health care reform vote 

Both of Idaho's representatives, Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick, voted against the health care reform bill in the House over the weekend, while the two split on a stringent anti-abortion amendment that was added to the bill at the last minute; Simpson voted in favor,…

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Wolf season closes in McCall zone 

Idaho Fish & Game says the wolf hunting season is closed as of today in the McCall-Weiser zone, where the limit of 15 wolves was reached. It's the second of 12 zones in the state in which the wolf hunt has closed; the first was…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 7, 2009

When parties step into non-partisan races... 

Idaho's elections last week were all officially non-partisan city races, but there's growing debate in the state about what role - if any - political parties should play in those contests. In Idaho Falls, where the county GOP central committee endorsed a candidate in the…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Pam Lowe, former Idaho Transportation Department director, is shown here outside her lawyer's office in Boise.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Pam Lowe: No choice but to sue 

Fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe is suing the state, after it never responded to her wrongful firing tort claim alleging sex discrimination, political cronyism and more. Her legal complaint includes explosive new allegations about political pressure, which the head of the Idaho Transportation Board…

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Lawmakers on the health care task force hear presentations Wednesday. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Handicapping health care reform

Among the items being discussed in the congressional health care debate, NCSL health policy director Joy Wilson told Idaho lawmakers, is extending the boost to the federal match for Medicaid funding that came with the economic stimulus legislation for an additional six months. That would…

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