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Eye On Boise archive for May 21, 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward greets supporters after a rally on his behalf featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

Ward: 'She didn't benefit from coming here' 

After the Sarah Palin rally, candidate Vaughn Ward was surrounded by supporters, well-wishers, a few folks who wanted to argue politics, and a lot of youngsters who wanted autographs on signs and brochures and a picture with the candidate. Ward said he was thrilled with…

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Wisconsin candidate cribbed website passages 

A Wisconsin GOP congressional candidate, Chad Lee, from whose campaign website Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward had borrowed word-for-word an issue position statement on jobs that Ward removed from his site last week after the similarities were reported, has now acknowledged that Lee staffers lifted…

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Charges fly in high court race 

As Tuesday's election approaches, charges are flying in the non-partisan contested race for the Idaho Supreme Court. Justice Roger Burdick issued a press release ripping his challenger, 2nd District Judge John Bradbury, for four decisions in criminal matters that were reversed on appeal, saying, "If…

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward wave to the crowd during a rally for Ward at Qwest Arena Friday May 21, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Chris Butler)  (Chris Butler / AP Photo/Idaho Statesman)

Palin bashes media, rallies crowd for Ward 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the "lamestream media" and the liberal left as gave an enthusiastic speech rallying voters for GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in Boise today. "The left and some of the lamestream media, they can really play dirty…

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a rally for Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, not pictured, at Qwest Arena Friday, May 21, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (Chris Butler / AP Photo/Idaho Statesman)

Palin: 'You can keep the change' 

"I like those bumper stickers that say, 'You can keep the change,'" Sarah Palin told the crowd in Boise. She called Vaughn Ward "the real deal," saying he's pro-gun and pro-life. "Vaughn has been courageous enough to serve our country and fight for you, fight…

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Sarah Palin speaking in Boise Friday (Betsy Russell)

Palin: Borrowed clothes, again 

Sarah Palin told a crowd in the Qwest Arena, "What we're here for is it being all about Vaughn. We're gonna turn this country around." She won cheers from the audience. Palin said she flew all night and arrived on time, but without her luggage…

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Ward: Palin redefined what change means 

Luna introduced Vaughn Ward, who told the crowd, "The families that came to see us, they arrived on time but unfortunately their bags did not" He's now introducing Sarah Palin. "Gov. Palin's redefined what change means - it will take on a whole new meaning…

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Next speaker at Ward-Palin rally: Luna

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna is the next speaker at the Ward-Palin rally, starting by talking about the importance of education. Then he said, "Folks, if we're going to keep the promise to the rising generation, then we have to put an end to…

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State Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, opens a rally in Boise on Friday featuring Sarah Palin and benefiting Vaughn Ward's congressional campaign. (Betsy Russell)

McGee takes podium to start rally

The Ward campaign is estimating there are 1,500 people at the rally, which is starting now with state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, taking the podium. "Canyon County is Vaughn Ward country," he declared; Canyon County is where McGee is from, though the rally is taking…

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The band "High Street" leads a chorus to sign-waving attendees at the political rally for Vaughn Ward and Sarah Palin on Friday in a darkened Qwest Arena. (Betsy Russell)

Between 1,000 and 1,100 in arena

There now appear to be nearly 400 people sitting in the free seats in the risers around the floor of the Qwest Arena for the Sarah Palin-Vaughn Ward rally, and another 650 or so in the $10 seats on the floor, for a total of…

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Linn and George Pitt of Garden City head into the Qwest Arena for a Sarah Palin rally in Boise on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

'We want it to be values-based'

There appear to be about 750 seats set up on the floor of the Qwest Arena for the Sarah Palin-Vaughn Ward rally, and so far roughly half have filled up. In the free seats on the risers at the sides a little over 100 people…

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Here's the line outside as the doors open just after 9 a.m. for a political rally with Sarah Palin in Boise on Friday on behalf of GOP hopeful Vaughn Ward's congressional campaign. (Betsy Russell)

People filtering in for Palin rally 

People are filtering in slowly for the Sarah Palin rally for Vaughn Ward's campaign this morning; here's a shot of the line outside just as the doors opened. Inside, a photo slide show of pictures of Ward is playing on the big screen and the…

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Free tickets offered for Palin event 12 

Vaughn Ward's campaign has announced that free tickets will be available for the Sarah Palin rally this morning for an additional level of seating, and can be picked up in person starting at 9 a.m. at Qwest Arena. In addition, $10 tickets for floor seats…

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