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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Henderson joined Ward campaign two weeks ago

Al Henderson, whom the Associated Press reports will be Vaughn Ward's new campaign manager, signed on with Ward's campaign on April 29 as senior finance director. A Ward press release issued on that date said, "Henderson, a successful, long-time GOP fundraiser, will help the Ward...

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AP: O'Barto out, Tracy, Henderson in 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's campaign manager is stepping down — 12 days before the primary and in the wake of a series of political missteps. Ward campaign consultant Mike Tracy confirmed Friday...

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Press-Tribune: Ward 'restructuring staff' 

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward told its editorial board this morning that he "planned to announce a restructuring of his campaign staff on Saturday." The paper reported, "While not offering specifics, Ward alluded to major changes and was accompanied by longtime...

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Politico says Ward's fired his campaign manager 

Politico.com is reporting that Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has fired his campaign manager and is bringing on a new interim manager plus a "press secretary with experience working in the office of former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig." You can read Politico's article here; it...

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Latest campaign finance report for 1st CD

Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick collected more than $100,000 in the last reporting period, topping the combined total raised by his two potential Republican rivals and stretching his significant lead in cash available for the general election in November, the AP reports. From April 1...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Candidate didn't vote in '08 

The Associated Press reports that though Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was heading GOP presidential candidate John McCain's campaign in Nevada in the 2008 general election, Ward didn't vote in the election. Ward told the AP that the frenzied pace of the final days of...

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Ward used same statements in September 

Interestingly, some of the same statements that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward removed from his campaign website today after The Spokesman-Review noted that they're identical to statements on other candidates' and congressmen's websites, also crop up in a Sept. 5, 2009 Q-&-A interview with the "Idaho...

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Labrador campaign: 'We're disappointed'

Dennis Mansfield, spokesman for 1st District GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador's campaign, had this comment on the revelation that half of the position statements posted for at least the past five months on rival Vaughn Ward's website matched statements on other candidates' and congressmen's websites...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010


Of polls and samples... 

Finally got a chance to talk with Greg Smith today about his recent poll in the 1st CD race and some questions I had about it. Among them: Was the same sample of likely primary election voters asked about both the primary and the general...

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Raul Labrador, left, and Vaughn Ward, right, debate on Tuesday night during the "Idaho Debates." The two are vying for the GOP nomination for North Idaho's seat in Congress. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television)

Positions taken... 

In addition to hot debate over immigration, qualifications, effectiveness and more, candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward took these positions in tonight's 1st CD debate: Neither candidate would pledge to limit his terms in office if elected; Labrador said he opposes term limits, while Ward...

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Raul Labrador, left, and Vaughn Ward, right, debate live on Idaho Public Television on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

They said it... 

Here are some quotes from tonight's 1st CD debate:Raul Labrador: "I think my conflict with the governor is the reason I should be the next congressman from Idaho. ... You have too many people who are willing to ... kowtow to the leadership in their...

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Vaughn Ward, left, and Raul Labrador, center gather with Idaho Public TV's Bruce Reichert, right, for the coin toss that preceded the 1st District congressional debate on Tuesday night. Ward won the toss, which meant that Labrador spoke first. (Betsy Russell)

A whole lot of lively debate...

There were some tense moments, a whole lot of lively debate, and even a few moments of agreement - very few - as 1st Congressional District GOP candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward faced off in a live debate tonight. Here's a shot of the...

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Ward, Labrador face off on live TV

Tonight the "Idaho Debates" turn to the 1st Congressional District Republican primary race, in which candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward are vying for a chance to take on Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick in November. The debate, sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the...

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Smith poll: 50% undecided on Ward, Labrador 

Eagle, Idaho pollster Greg Smith says he's done a poll in the 1st Congressional District GOP primary race that finds 50 percent of voters undecided, just weeks before the May 25 primary election. Smith said his poll of 400 voters in the 1st CD showed...

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The big debate is tonight... 

Tonight at 8 (7 Pacific time), GOP congressional candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward will face off in an hour-long debate held before a live audience, and broadcast live on Idaho Public Television. The public is invited; there are 130 seats available for the public...

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Wasden endorses Ward

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has endorsed candidate Vaughn Ward in the GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District seat, in which Ward is vying with state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, for a chance to challenge Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. In a statement, Wasden called...

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010


Ward decries 'immigration lawyers' 

Congressional candidate Vaughn held a press conference this morning on illegal immigration, and once again - though indirectly - criticized his opponent, Raul Labrador, for being an immigration attorney. "Experts in immigration law are fighting to keep the illegal aliens here, and since the federal...

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Simpson voting record lauded by conservative group 

Though 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson is being challenged by two candidates in the GOP primary who maintain they're more conservative than he is, Simpson was recognized by the American Conservative Union for his voting record in a ceremony last week. ACU Chairman David Keene...

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SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

Closing comments: 'Why I'm such an extremist' 

Here are some quotes from the candidates in their closing comments in the "Idaho Debates" 2nd Congressional District debate tonight:Chick Heileson: "I've been accused of being an extremist. ... The Supreme Court is not the law of the land, they have to follow the Constitution...

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Heileson in debate: Pull troops from Afghanistan 

Among other points that have come up so far in the 2nd Congressional District debate tonight: Congressman Mike Simpson offered a spirited defense of earmarks, saying they're transparent, they're constitutional, and they're the way a congressman who knows his district's specific needs can make sure...

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