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Eye On Boise

Other states still waiting for U.S. Attorney confirmations

It may seem like it's taken an awfully long time for the process to go through of appointing Idaho's new U.S. Attorney - after all, the Obama Administration has been in office for a year and a half. But Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who watches federal appointments and confirmations, said the confirmation of Wendy Olson as Idaho's U.S. Attorney actually "moved pretty quickly." Olson was among an array of nominees confirmed by the Senate today after various holds were lifted. "I think she was one of four U.S. attorneys," Tobias said; she was confirmed on a voice vote. "There haven't been reasons to hold them up, and I think very few of them if any have been controversial. ... It just takes a while to get through the White House." So far, Tobias said, only about half of the 93 U.S. attorneys across the nation are Obama appointees, "so he still has a number to go. So all in all, she moved fairly quickly."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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