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Eye On Boise archive for May 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

1st District race down to the wire...

The contentious race for the GOP nomination for North Idaho's seat in Congress is going down to the wire tonight, as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with big consequences; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com. Up and down the…

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Jay Leno mocks Ward in monologue 

On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, Leno played the entire video mashup that juxtaposes clips of Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic national convention speech with similar turns of phrase in a speech by Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward at the Idaho state capitol…

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Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, right, greets members of the crowd at GOP election-night headquarters in Boise on Tuesday, where Ward finally emerged shortly after 10:30 p.m. (Kevin Bechen / Courtesy photo)

Ward arrives at GOP gathering

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has finally arrived at the GOP headquarters gathering, just after 10:30 Boise time. The latest results, with just 22 percent of the vote counted, show Labrador leading Ward, 44 percent to 42 percent. At this point, this race is too close…

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Allred, Little win primaries

The Associated Press has now declared Keith Allred the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, defeating Lee Chaney Sr., and Lt. Gov. Brad Little victorious in the GOP primary, defeating two challengers.

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Republicans mingle at their election-night gathering at a Boise hotel; at center is former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. (Betsy Russell)

No sign of Ward so far...

While GOP candidates including congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, Gov. Butch Otter, state Treasurer Ron Crane, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Controller Donna Jones, gubernatorial hopeful Rex Rammell, and even former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig have been mingling with the crowd at the GOP election-night headquarters at…

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Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador visits with supporters on election night (Betsy Russell)

Labrador: 'We had a lot of enthusiasm'

Congressional candidate Raul Labrador is happily visiting with supporters tonight at the Doubletree Riverside, where Republicans are gathering to watch the election-night results. "I think we've done a great job," Labrador said. "We had such limited fundraising but as you can tell, we had a…

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Numbers and older voters... 

With the polls just moments away from closing in Boise, and a little over an hour from closing in North Idaho, here's some food for thought: Were many of the people you saw voting at your polling place older folks, 50-plus? Prompting the question: The…

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Sign outside polling place for Idaho's primary election on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Time to vote...

Today is Idaho's primary election - and it's the final election for an array of non-partisan judicial races, including a contested seat on the Idaho Supreme Court. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Today's election determines the party nominees for offices ranging…

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010


All the money trails lead to VanderSloot 

The group "Idaho Citizens for Justice" has now filed its overdue campaign finance report, and it shows that the group received $38,000 - half from Melaleuca Inc. and half from "Citizens for Commonsense" in Idaho Falls - for its last-minute campaign against Judge John Bradbury…

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State Board names interim LCSC prez

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Board of Education has appointed Lewis-Clark State College Provost Tony Fernandez to temporarily replace outgoing president Dene Thomas. During a special meeting on Monday, the board voted unanimously to appoint Fernandez…

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Space shuttle veteran Barbara Morgan in now distinguished educator in residence at BSU. Special to  (BRIAN LOSNESS Special to)

Morgan: Show kids 'adults do the right thing' 

Asked what kids can learn from the space program, Barbara Morgan, teacher, retired astronaut, and current distinguished educator in residence at Boise State University, said, "What’s worth risking and what isn’t worth risking. Doing the right things when things go bad, learning from our mistakes.…

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Candidate clarifies business history

Tamara Wells, a hairdresser from Post Falls who is running in tomorrow's GOP primary for governor, now says she hasn't owned her prosthetic wig shop in Hayden, "Tamara's," for 41 years, as she told me last week and as I reported in my Sunday column.…

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Head of campaign group identified 

The Idaho Secretary of State's office has determined that Jonathan Haines of Idaho Falls, a former employee of Melaleuca Inc., is the chairman of "Idaho Citizens for Justice," an unregistered group that launched a campaign attack against an Idaho Supreme Court candidate over the weekend.…

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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

USFS switches, says IPTV filming is OK 

After Gov. Butch Otter sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service objecting to the agency's denial of permission for Idaho Public Television to film a group of students in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness - on grounds that the public TV…

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Poll: Ward, Labrador in dead heat in 1st CD 

The Idaho Statesman and KBOI TV Channel 2 have commissioned a statewide poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, a national polling company based in Washington, D.C., in advance of Tuesday's primary election, and the results are darn interesting. In the 1st District congressional race, among…

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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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