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Eye On Boise archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

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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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Of civics and U.S. territories... 

At a debate in Post Falls this week between GOP congressional candidates Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador, a Pachyderm Club audience member asked both candidates whether they supported statehood for Puerto Rico. Labrador, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, a United States territory,…

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Otter goes to bat for Idaho Public TV 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is going to bat for Idaho Public Television in a spat with the U.S. Forest Service, which is inexplicably taking a newfound position that IPTV's filming of a student conservation group in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness for…

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Ward announces details of Palin event

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has announced the details of the political rally he's hosting featuring Sarah Palin this Friday; it'll start at 11 a.m. at Qwest Arena in downtown Boise, and cost $10 a head, with children under 18 free. Or, for $250 per person,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Sharon Ullman, center, the first to arrive for tonight's debate, talks over the procedures with Idaho Public Television's Bruce Reichert, left, and Ricardo Ochoa, right. (Betsy Russell)

Candidates for Gov debate tonight

Tonight's debate in the race for governor will feature GOP challengers Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman (shown above center, the first to arrive for tonight's debate), but not incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, who declined to participate. In a statement today from his campaign, Otter repeated…

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Allred outraises Otter

The gubernatorial debate is tonight, for the candidates in the contested GOP primary, and there's some news in the race today: In the most recent quarter, Democratic candidate Keith Allred out-raised incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter. According to campaign finance reports filed today, Otter raised…

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AP: Palin coming to Idaho Friday for Ward 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to come to Idaho to help generate support for Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward. Ward campaign spokesman Mike Tracy told The Associated Press Tuesday that Palin…

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Ward takes down new position statements 

Mike Tracy, spokesman for the Vaughn Ward campaign, says the campaign has taken down new issue position statements posted this morning, one of which matched another website. "There was something put up without my approval," Tracy said, "and I've made it very clear ... that…

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Full story: Matching words

Here's a link to my full story at on how congressional candidate Vaughn Ward this morning posted three new issue position statements on his campaign website, and portions of one of them match nearly word-for-word a California congressman’s re-election campaign website. Last night at…

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

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