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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

"Pro-Life," right, formerly Marvin Richardson, speaks during a live gubernatorial debate in Boise on Thursday night; at left is Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. (Betsy Russell)

'If wolves were eating children...' 

The candidates for governor have been clashing over water quality monitoring, and now about wolves. "Enough is enough," Otter declared, defending his decision to end state wolf management. Allred said Otter has been talking for 30 years about pushing back the federal government, but, "What...

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Otter: 'We've had to make some tough decisions'

Gov. Otter was asked how he squares his promise to make Idaho's government more efficient and customer-focused with the closing of local Health & Welfare offices, the fumbling of paperwork that cost Idaho farmers millions in disaster aid, and other flubs. Otter responded that when...

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The Idaho Debate for governor in Boise on Thursday night (Betsy Russell)

Things getting lively at debate...

Asked what evidence there is that the "doom and gloom forecasts" used to set the state budget were fiscally irresponsible, Keith Allred said, "The last three months of revenue. ... We are $14 million ahead of the projections that were made in August." Jana Kemp...

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Debating over budget cuts...

The candidates for governor are debating about possible budget shortfalls. "Butch Otter based a budget ... on doom and gloom rather than evidence," said Democrat Keith Allred. Independent Jana Kemp said she opposed the 2006 special-session decision to cut property taxes, raise the sales tax,...

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'This is serious business'

The five candidates are each giving their brief opening statements on why they're running, with just 30 seconds for each. Among their comments:Pro-Life: "If you murder babies, that's pretty darn serious. ... This is serious business, this government, and that's why I run.Ted Dunlap: "70...

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Reporter panel prepares for the Idaho Debate, the governor's race, on Thursday night at the Capitol Auditorium (Betsy Russell)

The reporter panel...

Here's the moderator and reporter panel preparing for the debate - moderator Thanh Tan of Idaho Public Television, and reporters Jessie Bonner of the Associated Press, Scott Logan of KBOI-TV, and Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune.

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Entrance to the Idaho Debates in the Capitol Auditorium, where candidates for governor will debate tonight (Betsy Russell)

Almost time for the Idaho Debate...

The Capitol Auditorium has been filling up early for tonight's big debate in the governor's race, in which all five candidates - Butch Otter, Keith Allred, Jana Kemp, Ted Dunlap, and Pro-Life - will face off. Earlier, Allred supporters held a raucous rally in Capitol...

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Moss backs Labrador, calls ad 'unfair' 

Former U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss has come out with a statement backing Raul Labrador's handling of a 2001 federal drug case, and calling Walt Minnick's new campaign ad "unfair." Moss, a Republican, served as U.S. Attorney from August 2001 to June of 2010....

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The latest Minnick ad...

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Congressman Walt Minnick's new campaign ad criticizing GOP rival Raul Labrador for his handling of a 2001 federal drug case involving an illegal immigrant. Labrador's campaign has called the ad "despicable" and "desperate;" Minnick is...

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Retired INS agent Kent Nygaard speaks at a press conference with Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador, left. (Betsy Russell)

Labrador, agent defend handling of Lopez case 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador was joined by retired INS special agent Kent Nygaard at a press conference just now to criticize incumbent Walt Minnick's latest ad, which involves a case on which Nygaard was the INS agent and Labrador was the defense attorney. Nygaard...

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Boise City Club Debate - from left, Raul Labrador, Walt Minnick, moderator Marcia Franklin (Betsy Russell)

City Club 1st CD debate: Closing comments

In his closing comments at the Boise City Club debate, GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador said, "On the issues where I've been called 'fringe' by some, I'm actually with the people of Idaho." He asked the audience, "Are you better off today than you were...

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Mega-loads, wilderness raised at debate 

The two leading candidates for Idaho's 1st District congressional seat were asked about the "mega-load" shipments proposed for Idaho's U.S. Highway 12. Labrador said, "I don't think that there is anything wrong with what the state is doing. ... What I see in this case...

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Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick, right, speaks during a debate with GOP rival Raul Labrador, left, at the Boise City Club on Thursday (Betsy Russell)

Candidates spar over array of issues 

1st District rivals Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador have sparred over immigration, cutting the deficit, and effectiveness in Congress so far in their Boise City Club debate. They mostly agreed on the war in Afghanistan, though Labrador took that opportunity to say he's publicly praised...

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Minnick: Rival is 'out of mainstream'

Walt Minnick was listing off reasons why he contends rival Raul Labrador is "so far out of the mainstream," from his positions on withdrawing from the United Nations to his support for repealing popular election of U.S. senators, and concluded, "He would deny his own...

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Raul Labrador, left, and Walt Minnick, center, debate in Boise on Thursday; at right is Boise City Club moderator Marcia Franklin (Betsy Russell)

Labrador: 'He accused me of a crime' 

Rep. Walt Minnick's new ad about a drug case that rival Raul Labrador handled in 2001 has led to a heated clash between the two at the Boise City Cloub debate. "This is the biggest example of the lies that Mr. Minnick has said about...

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Candidates clash over 'appalling' ads

The first question in today's 1st CD debate, from the audience, was about both sides' "appalling" negative ads. Minnick answered, "There is not a single fact in my advertisements that is not well-documented." Labrador said, "I think Mr. Minnick's campaign is going to go down...

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Boise City Club debate (Betsy Russell)

City Club debate: Opening comments

In their opening comments, Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador both agreed on one thing - that the country is in trouble. "The solutions to these problems are complex, they take time, they take hard decisions and don't lend themselves to politically expedient soundbites," Minnick said....

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Big debate day in Idaho races... 

Today is a big debate day in Idaho political races, with 1st Congressional District rivals Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador facing off at noon at the Boise City Club, and all five candidates for governor - Butch Otter, Keith Allred, Jana Kemp, Ted Dunlap and...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010


Supporter has ties to program she lauded 

The Associated Press reports that a fan of public schools chief Tom Luna wrote Idaho newspapers this month to praise his math initiative, but the supporter did not disclose her role with a company hired as part of the program. Marisa Alan identified herself as...

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