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Eye On Boise archive for May 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Raul Labrador, left, and Vaughn Ward, right, debate on Tuesday night during the "Idaho Debates." The two are vying for the GOP nomination for North Idaho's seat in Congress. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Public Television)

Positions taken... 

In addition to hot debate over immigration, qualifications, effectiveness and more, candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward took these positions in tonight's 1st CD debate: Neither candidate would pledge to limit his terms in office if elected; Labrador said he opposes term limits, while Ward…

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Raul Labrador, left, and Vaughn Ward, right, debate live on Idaho Public Television on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

They said it... 

Here are some quotes from tonight's 1st CD debate:Raul Labrador: "I think my conflict with the governor is the reason I should be the next congressman from Idaho. ... You have too many people who are willing to ... kowtow to the leadership in their…

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Vaughn Ward, left, and Raul Labrador, center gather with Idaho Public TV's Bruce Reichert, right, for the coin toss that preceded the 1st District congressional debate on Tuesday night. Ward won the toss, which meant that Labrador spoke first. (Betsy Russell)

A whole lot of lively debate...

There were some tense moments, a whole lot of lively debate, and even a few moments of agreement - very few - as 1st Congressional District GOP candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward faced off in a live debate tonight. Here's a shot of the…

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Ward, Labrador face off on live TV

Tonight the "Idaho Debates" turn to the 1st Congressional District Republican primary race, in which candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward are vying for a chance to take on Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick in November. The debate, sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the…

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The big debate is tonight... 

Tonight at 8 (7 Pacific time), GOP congressional candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward will face off in an hour-long debate held before a live audience, and broadcast live on Idaho Public Television. The public is invited; there are 130 seats available for the public…

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Wasden endorses Ward

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has endorsed candidate Vaughn Ward in the GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District seat, in which Ward is vying with state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, for a chance to challenge Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. In a statement, Wasden called…

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010


Ward decries 'immigration lawyers' 

Congressional candidate Vaughn held a press conference this morning on illegal immigration, and once again - though indirectly - criticized his opponent, Raul Labrador, for being an immigration attorney. "Experts in immigration law are fighting to keep the illegal aliens here, and since the federal…

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SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

Closing comments: 'Why I'm such an extremist' 

Here are some quotes from the candidates in their closing comments in the "Idaho Debates" 2nd Congressional District debate tonight:Chick Heileson: "I've been accused of being an extremist. ... The Supreme Court is not the law of the land, they have to follow the Constitution…

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Heileson in debate: Pull troops from Afghanistan 

Among other points that have come up so far in the 2nd Congressional District debate tonight: Congressman Mike Simpson offered a spirited defense of earmarks, saying they're transparent, they're constitutional, and they're the way a congressman who knows his district's specific needs can make sure…

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Ask Mom who's debating better? 

Score one for the incumbent - in the first question in tonight's congressional debate, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson and his two challengers were given 30 seconds to say why they're running. First, challenger Chick Heileson said he was urged by "my wife and associates…

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Simpson, challengers debate tonight 

2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson, who won 85 percent of the vote in the 2008 GOP primary and 71 percent support in that year's November general election, is facing two challengers in the GOP primary this year, both of whom are taking political shots at…

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010



Lake Coeur d'Alene on Friday morning (Betsy Russell)

The difference between north and south... 

What's the difference between North Idaho and southern Idaho? Well, there's that whole water thing. This is Lake Coeur d'Alene this morning, amid country that's so different from the arid south. And then there's the wild GOP politics in Kootenai County, where the once heavily…

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More debates coming...

More of the "Idaho Debates" are coming - this Sunday night, 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson will debate primary challengers Chick Heileson and Russ Mathews, and on Tuesday, 1st District GOP rivals Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward will face off.Sunday night's debate will start at…

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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

IACI stands by its attack on Allred 

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry is standing by its claims in a new website attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred, though Allred calls them "flat wrong" and is demanding the site be corrected or taken down. In a press release, IACI President Alex…

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The buzz about SupCourt race... 

There's more and more buzz about this year's contested Idaho Supreme Court race in the wake of this week's lively debate between incumbent Justice Roger Burdick and challenger Judge John Bradbury. Here's a press release from former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, who says…

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Allred: 'A dirty game of misinformation' 

Check out this commentary from Kevin Richert, who calls IACI's anti-Keith Allred attack website and robo-call campaign "sleazy even by robo-call standards." Here's what the robo-call says, an automated call that directs people to the new IACI anti-Allred website:“This call is paid for by the…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

IACI sets up anti-Allred attack website 

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents Idaho's biggest businesses, has developed a special website attacking Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred with criticisms that Allred contends are false, the Associated Press reports. The site, www.allredink.com, says that if the…

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