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Eye On Boise archive for April 29, 2010


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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