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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

Simpson: TARP was to avoid 'economic Armageddon' 

The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, has been a point of contention between Congressman Mike Simpson and his two GOP challengers. Asked about it tonight during the "Idaho Debates," Simpson said, "Both my opponents have criticized that vote as have many people." But he...

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Ask Mom who's debating better? 

Score one for the incumbent - in the first question in tonight's congressional debate, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson and his two challengers were given 30 seconds to say why they're running. First, challenger Chick Heileson said he was urged by "my wife and associates...

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Simpson, challengers debate tonight 

2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson, who won 85 percent of the vote in the 2008 GOP primary and 71 percent support in that year's November general election, is facing two challengers in the GOP primary this year, both of whom are taking political shots at...

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

Lake Coeur d'Alene on Friday morning (Betsy Russell)

The difference between north and south... 

What's the difference between North Idaho and southern Idaho? Well, there's that whole water thing. This is Lake Coeur d'Alene this morning, amid country that's so different from the arid south. And then there's the wild GOP politics in Kootenai County, where the once heavily...

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More debates coming...

More of the "Idaho Debates" are coming - this Sunday night, 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson will debate primary challengers Chick Heileson and Russ Mathews, and on Tuesday, 1st District GOP rivals Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward will face off.Sunday night's debate will start at...

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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

IACI stands by its attack on Allred 

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry is standing by its claims in a new website attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred, though Allred calls them "flat wrong" and is demanding the site be corrected or taken down. In a press release, IACI President Alex...

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The buzz about SupCourt race... 

There's more and more buzz about this year's contested Idaho Supreme Court race in the wake of this week's lively debate between incumbent Justice Roger Burdick and challenger Judge John Bradbury. Here's a press release from former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, who says...

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Allred: 'A dirty game of misinformation' 

Check out this commentary from Kevin Richert, who calls IACI's anti-Keith Allred attack website and robo-call campaign "sleazy even by robo-call standards." Here's what the robo-call says, an automated call that directs people to the new IACI anti-Allred website:“This call is paid for by the...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

IACI sets up anti-Allred attack website 

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents Idaho's biggest businesses, has developed a special website attacking Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred with criticisms that Allred contends are false, the Associated Press reports. The site, www.allredink.com, says that if the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

2nd District Judge John Bradbury, left, debates Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick, right, on Tuesday night. Bradbury is challenging Burdick's re-election bid in Idaho's May 25 election. (Betsy Russell)

Fiery debate for high court rivals

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on tonight's Idaho Supreme Court debate, which was the first of the "Idaho Debates" to take place in front of a live audience, as well as being broadcast live statewide on Idaho Public Television. The debates...

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Heated moments in judicial debate

Things got pretty heated during tonight's Idaho Supreme Court debate. At one point, Justice Roger Burdick disputed Judge John Bradbury's statement that the state school facilities lawsuit ended when lawyers were called to a basement meeting and told "it's over," without any written order or...

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Justice candidates spar

Among issues on which the two Supreme Court candidates have sparred so far: The newly released Idaho State Bar poll and its high rankings for Burdick and low rankings for Bradbury; what happened in the school facilities lawsuit, which Bradbury dubbed "the darkest day in...

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A crowd of about 75 gathered in the Capitol Auditorium for the Idaho Supreme Court candidates debate on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Audience in place, debate to start

There's a pretty good crowd assembled for tonight's Idaho Supreme Court candidates debate, the first of the "Idaho Debates" to take place before a live audience as well as being broadcast live statewide on Idaho Public Television. It's being held in the new Capitol Auditorium....

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Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick, left, and Lewiston Judge John Bradbury, center, prepare for the coin toss before their live debate tonight on statewide television on Tuesday night, as Idaho Public TV's Bruce Reichert explains the rules. (Betsy Russell)

Preparing for the debate...

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick, left, and Lewiston Judge John Bradbury, center, prepare for the coin toss before their live debate tonight on statewide television, as Idaho Public TV's Bruce Reichert explains the rules. Burdick won the toss and chose to go second in...

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Labrador, Ward clash over immigration

Congressional candidate Raul Labrador called a press conference this morning to speak out on his views on illegal immigration - and accuse his GOP primary opponent, Vaughn Ward, of inappropriately impugning his work as an immigration attorney and his Puerto Rican heritage. "He is hoping,...

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Allred sticks by his 'irrational pessimism' complaint 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred has issued a statement on the latest April state tax revenue figures, sticking by his contention that Gov. Butch Otter was guilty of "irrational pessimism" in his approach to the state budget during this year's legislative session. The preliminary figures...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010


Opposition research a 'modern campaign reality' 

AP reporter John Miller takes a look at the role of opposition research in congressional campaigns and what the campaigns are digging up about their opponents in the 1st District congressional race; click below to read the full story. It was opposition research that enabled...

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Rounding up the primary races... 

There's a lot on the ballot in this spring's primary election, though the marquee race clearly is the vigorous GOP contest between two rising young Republicans for a chance to challenge 1st District Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick in the 1st Congressional District. Every statewide elected...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

GOP congressional candidates Vaughn Ward, left, and Raul Labrador, right, appear together on the "Idaho Reports" program Friday on Idaho Public Television. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television)

They don't mince words... 

Here are some samples of what you'll hear when candidates Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador appear together on tonight's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public TV:Ward: "It's not about that my wife works in I.T., it's that Fannie Mae was allowed to do certain things...

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1st District congressional candidates Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador take questions from a panel of reporters and commentators on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" program, which airs Friday night. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television )

Ward, Labrador clash on 'Idaho Reports' tonight 

Wow - on tonight's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television - the last show of the season - 1st District GOP congressional candidates Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador appear together and take questions from a panel on which I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert,...

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Senator seeking 3rd term backs 2-term limit 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has posted his responses to a "Tea Party Boise" candidate survey on his campaign website, including this oddity: Crapo told the group he "strongly agree(s)" with the statement, "I support term limits for Senators (2) and members of the House (3)."...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

Four file as write-ins for primary 

Four candidates have filed as write-ins for the May 25 primary election in time for this week's deadline, including one for governor and three for seats in the state House. If candidates don't file as write-ins, then any write-in votes for them don't count, no...

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