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Eye On Boise archive for June 2010


Ethics panel to meet on Tuesday

The newly appointed House Ethics Committee investigating the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has scheduled a conference call meeting for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6th. For those participating in person, the meeting will take place in the House State Affairs committee room, East…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

What the voting records show... 

When two professors, Washington University law professor and political science department Chair Andrew Martin and Colorado State University political scientist Kyle Saunders, analyzed every vote cast in the Idaho Legislature, they found no evidence that Democratic crossover voting in Idaho's primary elections has resulted in…

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The politics of parties... 

An expert report commissioned by the state to defend its current primary election laws in a federal lawsuit includes this insight into party politics: Political parties in America have three "interrelated components," according to the state's experts, Andrew Martin of Washington University in St. Louis…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010


Delegates gather at the Idaho Republican Party Convention in Idaho Falls on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Republicans from across Idaho attended the biennial event where the state's dominant party sets its compass for the next two years.  (Jessie Bonner / AP Photo)

Convention ends, new Idaho GOP platform set 

By the close of the Idaho GOP state convention today, members had adopted a platform with a new loyalty test for candidates, a provision recommending Idaho withhold taxes from the federal government, a bid to limit marriage to "naturally born" men and women and an…

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Measure by measure, Idaho GOP leans right 

Here's how AP reporter John Miller sums up the action Friday at the Idaho Republican Party convention in Idaho Falls: Measure by measure, delegates to Idaho's 2010 Republican Convention on Friday cemented their place at the head of the nation's stalwart conservatives. More than three…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010


State GOP convention kicks off

Idaho's state GOP convention kicked off today in Idaho Falls, with resolutions awaiting votes on everything from defining a fetus as a "person" to legalizing marijuana; the party also is set to debate a loyalty oath requirement, requiring its candidates sign an oath of loyalty…

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Traffic tickets to get quicker

The Idaho State Police will begin using an electronic system to issue traffic citations starting July 1, with the result that the process of writing out a citation for a stopped motorist will drop from 5 minutes to less than a minute. "E-Ticketing will bring…

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Something new: Paid furloughs?

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's four top tax collectors will still get paid for furlough hours they took to save money and show solidarity with state workers getting their pay cut, because the law forbids them from…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Idaho opens drug-treatment prison

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho leaders attended a ribbon-cutting to officially open a new $50-million drug treatment prison near Boise. Inmates will start moving into the 432-bed minimum security Correctional Alternative Placement Program in July. The prison…

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Senate confirms Olson as U.S. Attorney 

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Wendy Olson as Idaho's new U.S. Attorney, replacing current U.S. Attorney Tom Moss, who has served since 2001. Olson was recommended by Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick and nominated by the White House in March; her confirmation was applauded today by…

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Otter: 'A day for the women' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will host a "Women's Day in the Capitol" tomorrow, featuring an array of female state officials in an open forum from 4-7 p.m. and guided tours of the state Capitol. "Women's Day in the Capitol is actually Capitol for a Day…

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Kootenai Dems speak out on Hart 

The Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee issued a press release today calling on Idaho elected officials to say where they stand on Rep. Phil Hart's tax woes, which are the subject of pending House ethics committee; the committee will look into whether Hart had a…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Hart says he welcomes House ethics probe 

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart on Friday defended his long tax fight against the IRS and the state Tax Commission, and said he looks forward to going before a House ethics committee. "I would welcome the opportunity to tell my story," said Hart, R-Athol, a…

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