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Eye On Boise 2010 election archive

FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010

Ad Watch: Minnick's latest commercial 

Here's a look at the claims in Congressman Walt Minnick's new campaign ad, which starts running today in the Boise and Spokane TV markets:CLAIM: "Raul Labrador - misleading you again. It's gotten so bad he was forced to pull another false ad before it even...

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Melaleuca attack ad targets Olson 

Melelauca Inc. yesterday filed independent expenditure reports showing it's dumped $40,000 into an independent TV ad campaign in favor of incumbent GOP school Supt. Tom Luna, and the firm has launched a TV ad in southern Idaho that belittles Luna's Democratic challenger, Stan Olson, with...

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Minnick launches new campaign ad

In response to yesterday's flap over a new Labrador ad - GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador pulled his new ad before it aired, after being informed it contained copyrighted material from Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Debates" - Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick has launched a new...

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Tea Party Express endorses Labrador

The Tea Party Express, a national tea party group that earlier chose Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick as its only Democratic congressman to endorse, today announced it's endorsing Raul Labrador over Minnick. The group said it endorsed Minnick earlier "in light of his independence in standing...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Otter disputes Allred's wolf comments

"I disagree with my opponent’s definition of sovereignty and his idea about the state's role," Gov. Butch Otter said today in response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred's statements about wolves at a press conference this morning. "State sovereignty to me isn’t managing a federally protected...

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Labrador pulls new ad before it airs 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador today sent out a press release announcing a new TV ad for which airtime was purchased by the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee, featuring an audio clip from the 2008 "Idaho Debates" between Walt Minnick and Bill Sali, in which...

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Meridian Chamber endorses Minnick

A day after the Meridian Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for 1st District congressional candidates, the Meridian Chamber PAC has announced it has decided to endorse incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick in the race. "It was a real treat for the Meridian Chamber to...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010

New Allred TV ad hits Otter on economy

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred has launched a new television commercial, which is airing statewide including the Spokane TV market, criticizing incumbent Gov. Butch Otter over the economy; you can watch it here. Coming soon: A look at the claims.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

Labrador, Minnick clash over 'letter-marking'

NPR today aired a national story based on an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into so-called "letter-marking," or congressmen writing letters to agencies to request funding for specific projects, as opposed to earmarks, in which specific projects are funded in congressional bills. Idaho...

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Allred blasts Otter over DentaQuest

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred is blasting Gov. Butch Otter over the DentaQuest contract issue, on which Otter today announced a reversal, keeping all previously contracted dentists in the state Medicaid contract. Otter's announcement came after a meeting with stakeholders he convened today. "There's...

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Labrador: Dems 'destroying our nation' 

Among the comments so far at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce 1st CD candidate forum: GOP candidate Raul Labrador said, "The Democratic Party is destroying our nation." He said "the worst thing we can do" is send Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick back for a second...

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Walt Minnick, left, Dave Olson, center, and Raul Labrador, right, at a Meridian Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

1st CD candidates face off in Meridian

The Meridian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum in the 1st Congressional District race today, featuring Congressman Walt Minnick, GOP challenger Raul Labrador and independent candidate Dave Olson. In his opening comments, Minnick told the crowd, "There's no question but what our country's in...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

Republican Raul Labrador, left, Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick, center, and Independent Dave Olson, during a debate, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the Idaho House Senate auditorium in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Last night's 1st CD debate...

The Idaho Statesman's Kevin Richert offers a breakdown here of last night's 1st CD debate - who won, who lost, and how it went. It's an interesting take. And here's some background from the Statesman's Dan Popkey on the Reagan tax issue that came up...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

GOP challenger Raul Labrador, left, Congressman Walt Minnick, center, and independent Dave Olson, right, laugh just before the start of their debate on live TV tonight. (Betsy Russell)

Debate wraps up... 

Wow, that was quite a debate. It just wrapped up, and the "Takeaway" online discussion is about to begin; you can watch here (click on "Watch Live"). Click below for a complete report on the debate from Associated Press reporter Jessie Bonner.

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Audience members filter in for tonight's 1st Congressional District debate in the Capitol Auditorium between Congressman Walt Minnick, GOP challenger Raul Labrador and independent Dave Olson. (Betsy Russell)

Watch tonight's debate...

Tonight's 1st Congressional District debate starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time, 7 p.m. Pacific, and airs live on Idaho Public Television. You can also watch it online here; the link to the live stream will be up shortly before the debate begins.

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