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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell, right, shows off the new 16-foot inflatable tyrannosaurus rex that's his latest campaign gimmick, along with his new campaign slogan, "T-Rex for governor, take a bite out of the feds." (Betsy Russell)

It's an inflatable... 

It turns out that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell's 16-foot green T-Rex is an inflatable, like the big balloons you see in parades. Asked where he got it, he said, "I don't know, New York or someplace. We got him online." The big dinosaur, with...

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Mansfield signs on as Labrador's new press secty 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican U.S. House candidate Raul Labrador has a new press secretary ahead of the May 25 primary. Dennis Mansfield, a conservative activist and businessman who volunteered on the late Republican U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth's 1st Congressional District primary race in 1994,...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

'Idaho Debates' kick off Tuesday 

Candidates facing off in Idaho's May 25 election for the Idaho Supreme Court and in primary races for Congress and governor will debate live on statewide television as part of the "Idaho Debates," starting next Tuesday with the two candidates in a contested race for...

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Idaho's high court decries campaign claims 

The contested race for an Idaho Supreme Court seat has heated up, with the court itself now issuing statements disputing claims from the challenger, Lewiston Judge John Bradbury. The court says it's part of a protocol adopted last fall for the court to set straight...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

Ward's taxes now all paid 

Vaughn Ward has paid his property taxes in full on a lot he owns in Valley County, including a late fee of $34. "There are no excuses," Ward, a GOP candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat, told Eye on Boise. "Within minutes after I...

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Ward files new financial disclosure 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican U.S. House hopeful Vaughn Ward filed a new financial disclosure with the U.S. House detailing about $110,000 worth of family assets he hadn't reported last year. U.S. House candidates and members must...

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Popkey: Ward's property taxes overdue  

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward is delinquent on his Valley County property taxes for the fourth time since 2004, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey reports today at idahostatesman.com. Popkey reports that Ward and his wife, Kirsten, own a half-acre undeveloped lot in Cascade, across a road...

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Justice Jones responds to Justice Burdick's challenger 

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones, who is unopposed for re-election this year, has issued a two-page statement responding to claims made by another judicial candidate, state District Judge John Bradbury, in Bradbury's campaign against state Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick."The candidate's materials make inaccurate...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010


SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2010

AP: Ward financial disclosure incomplete

The Associated Press reports that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward left off his wife's assets on his required U.S. House of Representatives candidate financial disclosure filing last year; Ward's campaign called it a simple mistake but said a new, complete disclosure report will be filed. Kirsten...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

On Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports" program on Friday, discussing the week's political developments are, from left, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Betsy Russell, Brad Iverson-Long and host Thanh Tan. (courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television)

The week that was... 

On Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports” this week, we talk about the week's developments, from Gov. Butch Otter's recent hospitalization to election and campaign developments to BSU head football coach Chris Petersen's new contract. I join commentators Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and Brad Iverson-Long, along...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

And in politics today...

An article by Dan Popkey in today's Idaho Statesman - top headline - focuses on how GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has made cutting federal spending a focus of his campaign, but his wife, Kirsten, works as a technology project manager for Washington, D.C.-based Fannie...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

Idaho seniors as a voting force...

Idaho seniors have been hit hard by the recession, their incomes are low, their living costs are rising - and they're very, very likely to vote. That's the picture that emerges from a new survey commissioned by the AARP Idaho, which described Idahoans over age...

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It's too late now...

GOP congressional candidate Allan Salzburg announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the 1st Congressional District primary contest, but it turns out it's too late to take his name off the ballot. Tim Hurst, chief deputy secretary of state, says the deadline for removal from...

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Nader backer wins Idaho court battle

Here's why a federal judge yesterday ruled Idaho's election laws unconstitutional in how they limit independent presidential candidates from making the state ballot: Because the laws require more than 6,500 signatures for an independent presidential candidate to make the ballot, while candidates for statewide office...

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Jorgenson wants GOP challenger off ballot

A North Idaho senator's initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he's not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State's office saying that his GOP challenger,...

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Salzburg withdrawing from 1st CD primary race

Allan Salzburg, one of the five Republicans on the ballot for the 1st District congressional primary race, is withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to both Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward, the two leading candidates in the primary contest. "Both Raul and Vaughn...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Minnick on CNN: 'My state supports independent people' 

On CNN's American Morning program this morning, Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick was asked about being the only Democrat endorsed by the national Tea Party Express group. "They're just ordinary folks who think the government ought to balance this budget. There's nothing very radical about that...

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The latest numbers in 1st CD...

Quarterly campaign finance reports are in at the Federal Election Commission, and the figures for the 1st Congressional District show this: Incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick has raised $1.5 million to date for his re-election bid, including $231,917 this quarter. He's spent $641,879, including $159,504 this...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt, center, endorses GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, right, in Caldwell on Tuesday. At left is state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, who also endorsed Ward in his GOP primary race against state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle. (Betsy Russell)

Former Gov. Batt calls for fiscal restraint

Phil Batt wasn't Idaho's flashiest governor, but the onion farmer from Wilder was one of its most respected, both for his fiscal restraint and his political vision. So when Batt, now 83, stepped away from his retirement on Tuesday to endorse Vaughn Ward in an...

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