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Eye On Boise archive for June 2010

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Hart defends tax fight

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, in his first public comment since House Speaker Lawerence Denney said yesterday he'd appoint an ethics committee to investigate Hart's conduct, sent a guest opinion to newspapers this afternoon defending his fight against income taxes, but making no mention of his…

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Labrador failed to disclose businesses 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican congressional hopeful Raul Labrador failed to include his past role as president of a company that sold self-help kits on legal immigration to America in a U.S. House of Representatives filing this…

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Idaho sees rise in personal income

Personal income in Idaho rose during the first quarter of 2010, marking two straight quarters of increase after declining or remaining stagnant for five quarters. The Idaho Department of Labor termed the news "another signal the state's economy may have started to recover from its…

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State Board leery of UI Post Falls lab plan

Idaho's State Board of Education, meeting yesterday in Idaho Falls, backed upgrades in the University of Idaho's athletic facilities but was leery of a UI proposal to establish a new nonprofit research lab in Post Falls; that proposal was delayed until the board's August meeting.…

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Rusche: 'Ethical cloud' hangs over Legislature 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said he discussed Rep. Phil Hart's case with "many" members of his House minority caucus, and also heard lots of comment from the public about it, before deciding to formally call for a House ethics committee to be convened.…

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House ethics committees a rarity 

Here's a link to my full story at on how the Idaho House will convene a rare ethics committee to look into a complaint regarding Rep. Phil Hart.The last time the Idaho House convened an ethics committee was in 2003, when then-Speaker Bruce Newcomb…

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Cancer now top killer of Idahoans 

According to the latest statistical report from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, the top cause of death for Idahoans is cancer, which crept ahead of heart disease in 2008 to claim the top spot. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, including emphysema, asthma and chronic…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Holding off the tax man... 

It turns out that Rep. Phil Hart's current dispute with the Idaho State Tax Commission and state Board of Tax Appeals isn't the first time he's invoked his status as a state legislator to hold off the tax man. In 2006, as a newly elected…

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

74-yr-old arrested in condiment crime spree 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police say a 74-year-old Boise woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in a yearlong spree of condiment-related crimes of the same…

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IACI on Minnick: 'Idaho is well-represented'

IACI, the big business lobby (Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry), is holding its annual conference today in McCall, and the group announced that its three-day gathering, which started yesterday, was kicked off by Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick, who joined IACI Chairman Trent Clark. "We…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, at his desk in the state Capitol in February, discussing tax legislation he'd introduced. (Betsy Russell)

IRS goes after Rep. Hart for big tax debt 

The IRS has filed nearly $300,000 in new federal tax liens against Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart in the past year, five years after Hart said he'd reached an agreement to repay $90,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. The new liens, filed in Kootenai…

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Checkpoint finds first invasive mussels

The first invasive mussels have been found on a boat entering Idaho at a checkpoint on U.S. Highway 93 in Twin Falls County near the Nevada state line, the Times-News reports. The 20-foot pontoon boat, which was headed to Cascade from Lake Havasu, Nev., was…

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BSU accepts invite to join Mountain West

Boise State University has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference and become its 10th member institution, joining such schools as the U.S. Air Force Academy, BYU, TCU and the University of Utah. The move is effective next summer, on July 1, 2011.…

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Risch: EPA would tax alarm clock's ring 

Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo issued a statement today expressing disappointment at the failure of resolution they backed, which failed today on a 47-53 vote, aimed at stopping the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. Risch said, “The EPA rule is nothing more…

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Olson won quick, unanimous approval

When the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the confirmation of Wendy Olson to be Idaho's next U.S. Attorney today, the approval came quickly on a voice vote. "There had been lengthy debate about a judicial nomination earlier in the meeting, but there was no debate…

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