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Eye On Boise archive for April 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2010

AP: Ward financial disclosure incomplete

The Associated Press reports that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward left off his wife's assets on his required U.S. House of Representatives candidate financial disclosure filing last year; Ward's campaign called it a simple mistake but said a new, complete disclosure report will be filed. Kirsten…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

On Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports" program on Friday, discussing the week's political developments are, from left, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Betsy Russell, Brad Iverson-Long and host Thanh Tan. (courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television)

The week that was... 

On Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports” this week, we talk about the week's developments, from Gov. Butch Otter's recent hospitalization to election and campaign developments to BSU head football coach Chris Petersen's new contract. I join commentators Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and Brad Iverson-Long, along…

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Gov. Otter returns to work, describes illness 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has released audio clips explaining his recent illness and hospitalization, which ended when he was released from St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center yesterday. He was back at work at his office for a few hours today, then returned home as his…

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And in politics today...

An article by Dan Popkey in today's Idaho Statesman - top headline - focuses on how GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has made cutting federal spending a focus of his campaign, but his wife, Kirsten, works as a technology project manager for Washington, D.C.-based Fannie…

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By the numbers...

Now that it's all said and done, here are the numbers on this year's legislative session: In 78 days, there were 816 pieces of legislation drafted, 620 of which were introduced, and 359 passed. Every one of those became law; there were no vetoes, though…

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Idaho seniors as a voting force...

Idaho seniors have been hit hard by the recession, their incomes are low, their living costs are rising - and they're very, very likely to vote. That's the picture that emerges from a new survey commissioned by the AARP Idaho, which described Idahoans over age…

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It's too late now...

GOP congressional candidate Allan Salzburg announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the 1st Congressional District primary contest, but it turns out it's too late to take his name off the ballot. Tim Hurst, chief deputy secretary of state, says the deadline for removal from…

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Nader backer wins Idaho court battle

Here's why a federal judge yesterday ruled Idaho's election laws unconstitutional in how they limit independent presidential candidates from making the state ballot: Because the laws require more than 6,500 signatures for an independent presidential candidate to make the ballot, while candidates for statewide office…

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Gov. Otter's still in the hospital 

Gov. Butch Otter is still in the hospital today, according to his press secretary, Jon Hanian. Otter was admitted to St. Alphonsus Medical Center yesterday with flu-like systems and dehydration. "He's in good spirits - we're taking it hour by hour," Hanian said. "We're just…

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Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, second from left, presided over the state Board of Examiners meeting on Tuesday as Gov. Butch Otter was still hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. At left is Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. (Betsy Russell)

Unanimous vote for $15M transfer

There was no discussion or debate this morning as the state Board of Examiners voted unanimously to approve an additional $15 million transfer from the state's general fund to the Tax Commission's refund account; that brings the total transfer this spring to $45 million, which…

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Jorgenson wants GOP challenger off ballot

A North Idaho senator's initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he's not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State's office saying that his GOP challenger,…

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Gov. Otter hospitalized 

Idaho's governor's office has reported that Gov. Butch Otter, who cleared his schedule earlier today because he was out ill, was admitted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise today with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. "He is undergoing tests, and updates on his condition…

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Salzburg withdrawing from 1st CD primary race

Allan Salzburg, one of the five Republicans on the ballot for the 1st District congressional primary race, is withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to both Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward, the two leading candidates in the primary contest. "Both Raul and Vaughn…

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Science teachers honored

Four Idaho science teachers were honored today with the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science, or GIANTS award. Kuna High School teacher Angela Hemmingway; Edward Katz of Bonners Ferry High School; Jennifer Martin of Homedale Middle School; and Ponderosa Elementary School (Post Falls)…

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