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Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 1, 2010


Denney names ethics panel on Hart 

House Speaker Lawerence Denney says he's appointed an ethics committee to look into a complaint filed by Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, about the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, including Hart's 1996 theft of timber from school endowment land for use in building his…

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Lawmakers shake up leadership posts

Here's a link to my full story at on the outcome of leadership contests in all four legislative caucuses tonight. There was no change in the House GOP caucus, where Speaker Lawerence Denney and Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke were unopposed, while Majority Leader…

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Malepeai is new Senate minority leader

Senate Minority Caucus leadership decisions are in, and there's a shake-up: Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, is the new minority leader. The Assistant Minority Leader is Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise; and the caucus chair is Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum.

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Brent Hill is the new pro-tem 

Senate Republican leadership elections are done, and the new Senate President Pro-Tem is Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, who defeated Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, held his seat as majority leader over a challenge from Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton. But there was…

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State cabin-site rent debate continues...

Here's a link to my full story at on today's Idaho Supreme Court decision tossing out Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's constitutional challenge that charged that the state Land Board set rents for state-owned cabin sites too low, and Wasden's announcement that, based on the…

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Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, left, and Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, right, discuss the state's budget challenges during the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

Two views of Idaho's budget 'hole' 

The final speakers at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference today were two members of the Legislature's leadership, Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, Senate assistant minority leader, and Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, House majority leader. Werk said there's "no free lunch," but the public apparently believes…

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More megaloads arrive in Lewiston

The Lewiston Tribune reports that another 12 Korean-manufactured modules have arrived at the Port of Lewiston, as part of Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's plans to send 207 huge loads across U.S. Highway 12 through Idaho and Montana and up to Canada over the next year, though those…

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Shoshone County Commissioner Jon Cantamessa speaks to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

County offers to take state inmates 

Shoshone County Commissioner Jon Cantamessa was sharing his county's moves to cope with declining revenue, from freezing employee salaries to turning off lights to re-bidding health insurance contracts to avoid big cost increases, when he added this: "I do have one thing I want to…

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Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures addresses the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference in Boise on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers, others gather at tax confab

Hundreds of state lawmakers, local officials, lobbyists, business people and others are gathered for the annual Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference today, which will feature Lt. Gov. Brad Little as the luncheon speaker on Idaho's priorities as the 2011 legislative session and the new budget…

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Two Idaho lobbying firms merge

Two prominent Idaho lobbying firms are merging: Sullivan & Reberger is merging with Eiguren Public Policy, and the new firm, Sullivan Reberger Eiguren, will represent the clients of both firms. Sullivan & Reberger is Pat Sullivan and Phil Reberger, while Eiguren Public Policy is Roy…

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Snow blankets Boise on Wednesday morning; schools are closed (Betsy Russell)

It's a snow day in Boise...

Boise schools are closed for a snow day today, with the school district reporting that "the significant amount of snow that fell during the day and evening of November 30 and into the morning hours of December 1 have made for dangerous traveling conditions for…

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