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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 19, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

Labrador, Minnick clash over 'letter-marking'

NPR today aired a national story based on an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into so-called "letter-marking," or congressmen writing letters to agencies to request funding for specific projects, as opposed to earmarks, in which specific projects are funded in congressional bills. Idaho…

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Allred blasts Otter over DentaQuest

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred is blasting Gov. Butch Otter over the DentaQuest contract issue, on which Otter today announced a reversal, keeping all previously contracted dentists in the state Medicaid contract. Otter's announcement came after a meeting with stakeholders he convened today. "There's…

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DentaQuest issues statement

DentaQuest has issued this statement:"DentaQuest has been successfully managing the Idaho Smiles program for Blue Cross of Idaho for the past three years. In that time, we have increased the percentage of Idaho Smiles members who receive dental care from 38 to 68 percent. We…

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Labrador: Dems 'destroying our nation' 

Among the comments so far at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce 1st CD candidate forum: GOP candidate Raul Labrador said, "The Democratic Party is destroying our nation." He said "the worst thing we can do" is send Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick back for a second…

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Walt Minnick, left, Dave Olson, center, and Raul Labrador, right, at a Meridian Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

1st CD candidates face off in Meridian

The Meridian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum in the 1st Congressional District race today, featuring Congressman Walt Minnick, GOP challenger Raul Labrador and independent candidate Dave Olson. In his opening comments, Minnick told the crowd, "There's no question but what our country's in…

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'Lot of anger and angst out there' 

Here's a link to our full story on Gov. Butch Otter's decision yesterday to back away from wolf management in Idaho, turning that task over to federal authorities. In practical terms, Monday’s pronouncement means state employees won’t monitor wolf populations, investigate suspicious or illegal killings…

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