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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Strong turnout predicted Tuesday

Looking ahead to Tuesday's election, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting strong voter turnout for a non-presidential year election, with 63 to 64 percent of registered voters casting ballots, "which would be our highest non-presidential year turnout since '94." "Candidates and issues make…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter shakes hands with Democratic challenger Keith Allred after a debate conducted by Idaho Public Television at the Idaho Statehouse on Thursday October 28, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (AP Photo / Joe Jaszewski)

Otter faces rivals in final debate

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter defended his cuts to education and his track record as governor Thursday night, as he met four rivals in the final debate before Tuesday's election. "The choice had to be made, because there’s only two ways that you can balance the…

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Closing comments: Governor's debate

Among the comments in the candidates' closing statements: Ted Dunlap said, "I stand for smaller government in every aspect." Jana Kemp said, "Are you really willing to trust a person who's running as a Democrat and says he's not one? ... If neither of these…

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The back and forth...

When Gov. Butch Otter said some of the other candidates want to raise taxes, Keith Allred said Otter knows he doesn't want to raise taxes. Otter responded, "This is Obama-speak," and said Democrats want to say they're for cutting taxes but really want to raise…

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"Pro-Life," right, formerly Marvin Richardson, speaks during a live gubernatorial debate in Boise on Thursday night; at left is Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. (Betsy Russell)

'If wolves were eating children...' 

The candidates for governor have been clashing over water quality monitoring, and now about wolves. "Enough is enough," Otter declared, defending his decision to end state wolf management. Allred said Otter has been talking for 30 years about pushing back the federal government, but, "What…

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Otter: 'We've had to make some tough decisions'

Gov. Otter was asked how he squares his promise to make Idaho's government more efficient and customer-focused with the closing of local Health & Welfare offices, the fumbling of paperwork that cost Idaho farmers millions in disaster aid, and other flubs. Otter responded that when…

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The Idaho Debate for governor in Boise on Thursday night (Betsy Russell)

Things getting lively at debate...

Asked what evidence there is that the "doom and gloom forecasts" used to set the state budget were fiscally irresponsible, Keith Allred said, "The last three months of revenue. ... We are $14 million ahead of the projections that were made in August." Jana Kemp…

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Debating over budget cuts...

The candidates for governor are debating about possible budget shortfalls. "Butch Otter based a budget ... on doom and gloom rather than evidence," said Democrat Keith Allred. Independent Jana Kemp said she opposed the 2006 special-session decision to cut property taxes, raise the sales tax,…

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'This is serious business'

The five candidates are each giving their brief opening statements on why they're running, with just 30 seconds for each. Among their comments:Pro-Life: "If you murder babies, that's pretty darn serious. ... This is serious business, this government, and that's why I run.Ted Dunlap: "70…

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Reporter panel prepares for the Idaho Debate, the governor's race, on Thursday night at the Capitol Auditorium (Betsy Russell)

The reporter panel...

Here's the moderator and reporter panel preparing for the debate - moderator Thanh Tan of Idaho Public Television, and reporters Jessie Bonner of the Associated Press, Scott Logan of KBOI-TV, and Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune.

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Entrance to the Idaho Debates in the Capitol Auditorium, where candidates for governor will debate tonight (Betsy Russell)

Almost time for the Idaho Debate...

The Capitol Auditorium has been filling up early for tonight's big debate in the governor's race, in which all five candidates - Butch Otter, Keith Allred, Jana Kemp, Ted Dunlap, and Pro-Life - will face off. Earlier, Allred supporters held a raucous rally in Capitol…

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Moss backs Labrador, calls ad 'unfair' 

Former U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss has come out with a statement backing Raul Labrador's handling of a 2001 federal drug case, and calling Walt Minnick's new campaign ad "unfair." Moss, a Republican, served as U.S. Attorney from August 2001 to June of 2010.…

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The latest Minnick ad...

Here's a link to my full story at on Congressman Walt Minnick's new campaign ad criticizing GOP rival Raul Labrador for his handling of a 2001 federal drug case involving an illegal immigrant. Labrador's campaign has called the ad "despicable" and "desperate;" Minnick is…

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Retired INS agent Kent Nygaard speaks at a press conference with Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador, left. (Betsy Russell)

Labrador, agent defend handling of Lopez case 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador was joined by retired INS special agent Kent Nygaard at a press conference just now to criticize incumbent Walt Minnick's latest ad, which involves a case on which Nygaard was the INS agent and Labrador was the defense attorney. Nygaard…

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Boise City Club Debate - from left, Raul Labrador, Walt Minnick, moderator Marcia Franklin (Betsy Russell)

City Club 1st CD debate: Closing comments

In his closing comments at the Boise City Club debate, GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador said, "On the issues where I've been called 'fringe' by some, I'm actually with the people of Idaho." He asked the audience, "Are you better off today than you were…

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Mega-loads, wilderness raised at debate 

The two leading candidates for Idaho's 1st District congressional seat were asked about the "mega-load" shipments proposed for Idaho's U.S. Highway 12. Labrador said, "I don't think that there is anything wrong with what the state is doing. ... What I see in this case…

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Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick, right, speaks during a debate with GOP rival Raul Labrador, left, at the Boise City Club on Thursday (Betsy Russell)

Candidates spar over array of issues 

1st District rivals Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador have sparred over immigration, cutting the deficit, and effectiveness in Congress so far in their Boise City Club debate. They mostly agreed on the war in Afghanistan, though Labrador took that opportunity to say he's publicly praised…

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Minnick: Rival is 'out of mainstream'

Walt Minnick was listing off reasons why he contends rival Raul Labrador is "so far out of the mainstream," from his positions on withdrawing from the United Nations to his support for repealing popular election of U.S. senators, and concluded, "He would deny his own…

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