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Eye On Boise archive for July 14, 2010


Hart denies ethics charges 

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, denied the ethics charges against him Wednesday in a formal response to a special House Ethics Committee, and decried the complaint against him for citing "news accounts" and "perceptions." "I have no hesitancy in accounting for, and defending, all of…

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Hart: 'Tell that story I will' 

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has filed his response to a House Ethics Committee's charges against him; click here to read his response. In an email with his response, Hart wrote, "I want you to know that this part of the process of governance does not…

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A fundraiser March 19 for Vernon Baker of St. Maries raised $16,000 to help with his medical expenses.  This file photo from 3/1/05.   Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review (Jesse Tinsley)

Honoring Vernon Baker, World War II hero

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered this tribute on the passing of Idaho Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker of St. Maries: “Mr. Vernon Baker, an Idahoan, received the Congressional Medal of Honor 50 years after his honorable service in World War II. He…

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Bunker mine villain now top Tory official

S-R reporter Becky Kramer has a fascinating story today about how the man accused of stripping millions of dollars from health insurance funds for retirees of the Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter in North idaho in the early 1990s has resurfaced as the treasurer of…

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Smeed undergoing cancer treatment

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A libertarian activist who once called Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter "obscenely handsome" is being treated for cancer at a Houston clinic. Ralph Smeed, from Caldwell, is tolerating his medication, according to an e-mail…

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Kemp: 'What's missing is action'

Independent gubernatorial candidate Jana Kemp had this response this morning to Gov. Butch Otter's comments yesterday about the state budget at fiscal year-end:"While the Governor and Legislature did a good job focusing on realistic revenue numbers and budgeting accordingly, what’s missing is the action toward…

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