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Eye On Boise archive for May 2010

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

Wanted? You can still vote without fear 

Wanted? Don't let it stop you from voting in the primary election on May 25th. According to an obscure Idaho law that dates all the way back to 1891, Idaho electors - that's voters - are "privileged from arrest, except for treason, a felony or…

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Silsby sentenced to time served, released

The Associated Press is reporting that Laura Silsby, the 40-year-old Idaho missionary who led a group of 10 Americans that was caught trying to take a busload of children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, has been sentenced to time served and released.…

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Next debate: GOP primary race for Guv 

The last of the "Idaho Debates" for the May 25 primary election is tomorrow night, when GOP candidates for governor will face off before a live audience, in a debate to be broadcast live statewide on Idaho Public Television. Thus far, incumbent Gov. Butch Otter…

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SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

A look at 1st District, SupCourt races

Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador, who are vying for the GOP nomination for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, have much in common, though they’re locked in a contentious and sometimes bitter contest for the nod in Idaho’s May 25 primary election. Both are barely past…

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

In this AP Photo by Charlie Litchfield of the Idaho Press-Tribune, candidate Vaughn Ward speaks at a forum on April 29 in Nampa. Ward's campaign saw a big shake-up Friday as he named a new campaign manager and spokesman/communications consultant, and his previous campaign manager/spokesman resigned. (Betsy Russell / The Idaho Press-tribune)

Big shake-up for Ward campaign... 

Here's a link to my full story at on the big shake-up today in Vaughn Ward's congressional campaign. Dennis Mansfield, spokesman for rival candidate Raul Labrador's campaign, said, "I've never seen a self-immolation of a political campaign like this in the 30-plus years I've…

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Boise Tea Party endorses Labrador 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The leaders of Tea Party Boise are endorsing Republican Raul Labrador in the race for the GOP nomination in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. The organization, which touts 2,600 members in southwestern Idaho, picked…

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Ward on radio: 'He tendered his resignation' 

Answering a caller's question on KBOI radio about the departure of his campaign manager, Ryan O'Barto, congressional candidate Vaughn Ward said, "The campaign manager, he was not fired, he tendered his resignation. It was very hard for me to accept his resignation. He felt it…

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Henderson joined Ward campaign two weeks ago

Al Henderson, whom the Associated Press reports will be Vaughn Ward's new campaign manager, signed on with Ward's campaign on April 29 as senior finance director. A Ward press release issued on that date said, "Henderson, a successful, long-time GOP fundraiser, will help the Ward…

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AP: O'Barto out, Tracy, Henderson in 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's campaign manager is stepping down — 12 days before the primary and in the wake of a series of political missteps. Ward campaign consultant Mike Tracy confirmed Friday…

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Press-Tribune: Ward 'restructuring staff' 

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward told its editorial board this morning that he "planned to announce a restructuring of his campaign staff on Saturday." The paper reported, "While not offering specifics, Ward alluded to major changes and was accompanied by longtime…

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Politico says Ward's fired his campaign manager is reporting that Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has fired his campaign manager and is bringing on a new interim manager plus a "press secretary with experience working in the office of former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig." You can read Politico's article here; it…

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Latest campaign finance report for 1st CD

Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick collected more than $100,000 in the last reporting period, topping the combined total raised by his two potential Republican rivals and stretching his significant lead in cash available for the general election in November, the AP reports. From April 1…

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

State files response to Pam Lowe motion

The state has filed its response to fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe's motion for a federal court to rule in her favor on most of her key claims in her wrongful-firing case without holding further hearings. In a 23-page memorandum in opposition to Lowe's…

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Candidate didn't vote in '08 

The Associated Press reports that though Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was heading GOP presidential candidate John McCain's campaign in Nevada in the 2008 general election, Ward didn't vote in the election. Ward told the AP that the frenzied pace of the final days of…

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Ward used same statements in September 

Interestingly, some of the same statements that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward removed from his campaign website today after The Spokesman-Review noted that they're identical to statements on other candidates' and congressmen's websites, also crop up in a Sept. 5, 2009 Q-&-A interview with the "Idaho…

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Labrador campaign: 'We're disappointed'

Dennis Mansfield, spokesman for 1st District GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador's campaign, had this comment on the revelation that half of the position statements posted for at least the past five months on rival Vaughn Ward's website matched statements on other candidates' and congressmen's websites…

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Of polls and samples... 

Finally got a chance to talk with Greg Smith today about his recent poll in the 1st CD race and some questions I had about it. Among them: Was the same sample of likely primary election voters asked about both the primary and the general…

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