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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010


FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

What both sides say about poll... 

Predictably, the campaign spokesmen for Gov. Butch Otter and for Democratic challenger Keith Allred have different takes on the recent Rasmussen poll results, which show Otter with a big lead. Debbie Field, Otter's campaign manager, says in a news release, "Idahoans know that Butch is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

A rush of legislative challengers... 

More than two dozen last-minute candidates filed for the state Legislature today, just at the end of the filing period. The rush delayed the final posting of the full list of candidates; you can now see the full list here at the Idaho Secretary of...

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The Idaho Secretary of State's office, where the two-week filing period to run for state and legislative offices closes on Friday at 5 p.m. (Betsy Russell)

More candidates file...

Among those who've filed for to run for the Legislature so far today - the last day of the filing period - are former GOP state Sen. Dean Sorensen of Boise, who filed again for the District 18 Senate seat after losing two years ago...

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Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali, right, at a press conference Friday in which he first hinted he might seek elective office again, and then, instead, endorsed state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, for Congress. (Betsy Russell)

Sali's new nonprofit to focus on history 

Former Congressman Bill Sali said he does have something to file with the Secretary of State's office today, but it's not a candidacy filing, it's formation papers for a new nonprofit. Sali said it will be called "Preserving America's Legacy," and will distribute books, CDs...

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Former Congressman Bill Sali, left, endorses Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, right, for the 1st District congressional seat on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

Sali's announcement: He endorses Labrador

Former Congressman Bill Sali has made his announcement - he's endorsing Raul Labrador in the GOP primary for the 1st District congressional seat, the seat he formerly held. Sali said he didn't inform Labrador of his decision in advance - he just asked him to...

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Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali prepares to testify in the House Health & Welfare Committee on Friday on a child immunization registry bill. Sali called for sweeping changes, including new notifications to parents that immunizations "would endanger the life or health of their child" and provisions protecting parents who choose "to allow their child to gain immunity from any childhood disease by being exposed to and contracting the disease." (Betsy Russell)

Sali plans 'announcement' 

Former Congressman Bill Sali, who resurfaced at the Statehouse today wearing a suit, proposing wide-ranging amendments to a child-immunization registry bill, and rapidly chewing gum, has an "announcement" scheduled for 11:30 in the Statehouse rotunda on this final day of the filing period for the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

More candidates file...

Among the additional candidates filing for office this afternoon are incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is seeking a full term in office to which he was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter; and "Pro-Life," the frequent candidate previously known as Marvin Richardson before he legally...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Otter files for re-election

He's still made no official announcement, but Gov. Butch Otter today put the speculation to rest over whether he'll seek a second term: He will. Otter filed his candidacy papers with the Secretary of State's office today. Also filing today were Republican Vaughn Ward, who's...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

Who that mediator was... 

During today's tribal law enforcement hearing, when Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, asked Clearwater County Commissioner Don Ebert what caused his county’s animosities with the Nez Perce Tribe to dissipate, Ebert mentioned several things, including how a Harvard mediator helped all sides work out tensions over...

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More legislative challengers file... 

The latest candidate filings show a slew of new legislative challengers filing in the past day and a half; you can see the full list here. Among them: Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, has drawn two Republican challengers, Mark Goodman and Rusty Satterwhite, both of...

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MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

Politics and the guv's Admin chief...

Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell had an extensive report in Sunday's paper about Gov. Butch Otter's dollar-a-year director of the state Department of Adminstration, Mike Gwartney - also Otter's best friend - and how his actions have aroused displeasure from state legislators and from an...

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