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Eye On Boise archive for April 2010

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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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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Class-action prison violence lawsuit can proceed

A federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit over violence at Idaho's privately-operated state prison, the Idaho Correctional Center, can proceed, after the prison's operator, Corrections Corp. of America, tried to stop the case from expanding beyond the first named victim. U.S. District Judge…

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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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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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Politics inside the party...

In last year's city elections, there was some controversy about county GOP central committees making endorsements in nonpartisan city races; few did, and in Bonneville County the move backfired, and the endorsements were either declined or the endorsed candidates lost big. Now comes news that…

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'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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ITD: Remove studded tires by Saturday 

Studded snow tires must be off vehicles in Idaho by Saturday, the Idaho Transportation Department warned today. They've already been illegal for a month in Utah, Oregon and Washington, while Montana lets studded tires be run through May 31 and in Wyoming they're legal all…

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A double rainbow arcs over downtown Boise, between thunderstorms, rainstorms, hail and brilliant bursts of sunshine on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

Springtime in Boise... 

Oh, my. We had grape-sized hail today. We had wild, whipping winds. We had warm, soft air, turning cooler and cooler. We had thunder and lightning. And now, glints of brilliant sunshine and double rainbows, followed by more sudden rainstorms under a roiling sky. It's…

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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 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

Idaho has stake in Washington open-records case 

Idaho has much at stake in Washington's big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public or not. "Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar to Washington's and Oregon's," said Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, at whose request Idaho…

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Boat inspection stations opening 

Idaho's state Department of Agriculture plans to open its first boat-inspection stations of the season tomorrow, near Bruneau where highways 51 and 78 intersect, and near Marsing on Highway 95. An additional check station on U.S. 93 just north of the Nevada state line will…

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Delegation: 'Some of the nation's finest' 

Idaho's congressional delegation - Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson - issued the following statement on the big Idaho Guard deployment to Iraq announced today: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the families whose loved ones will…

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Oral arguments set in Land Board case 

In Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's legal challenge of the Land Board's cabin-site rent decision, the Idaho Supreme Court has ordered oral arguments, to be held June 9 before the Supreme Court. Wasden, a member of the Land Board, last month challenged the constitutionality of…

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