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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Candidates clash over 'appalling' ads

The first question in today's 1st CD debate, from the audience, was about both sides' "appalling" negative ads. Minnick answered, "There is not a single fact in my advertisements that is not well-documented." Labrador said, "I think Mr. Minnick's campaign is going to go down…

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Boise City Club debate (Betsy Russell)

City Club debate: Opening comments

In their opening comments, Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador both agreed on one thing - that the country is in trouble. "The solutions to these problems are complex, they take time, they take hard decisions and don't lend themselves to politically expedient soundbites," Minnick said.…

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Big debate day in Idaho races... 

Today is a big debate day in Idaho political races, with 1st Congressional District rivals Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador facing off at noon at the Boise City Club, and all five candidates for governor - Butch Otter, Keith Allred, Jana Kemp, Ted Dunlap and…

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Medicaid looking at service cuts

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is poised to make more than $8 million in cuts to Medicaid programs and services for low-income adults with severe mental illness and children with autism and other developmental disabilities, the AP reports. The agency has drafted a…

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Glitch may cost Idaho farmers millions 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and the state's congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost after Otter's…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Supporter has ties to program she lauded 

The Associated Press reports that a fan of public schools chief Tom Luna wrote Idaho newspapers this month to praise his math initiative, but the supporter did not disclose her role with a company hired as part of the program. Marisa Alan identified herself as…

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Bill Sali explains all 

Former Idaho Rep. Bill Sali penned a "dear friend" letter that was distributed to all attendees at last night's Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meeting, defending Rep. Phil Hart and pinpointing what he says is the real reason for Hart's tax and legal troubles: Me.…

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SuperPAC alters anti-Minnick ad

SuperPAC for America has revised its "Idaho Voter Guide" ad, removing a false claim that Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick voted for the federal stimulus bill; Minnick was one of 11 House Democrats who voted against the bill. In the new version, that part of the…

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Weekly: 'The campaign that wasn't'

The Boise Weekly sent reporters out to the various corners of the state in recent weeks to "deconstruct the race for governor," and came up with this rather interesting report, "The Campaign That Wasn't." It includes reports from the Panhandle, North-Central Idaho, Southwest Idaho, Central…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

IACI hits Allred again, with another $24K

The Idaho Prosperity Fund, operated by IACI, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, has filed another independent expenditure report showing that it made a $24,275 independent expenditure today against Keith Allred, all paid to ORRA SGS of Orlando, Fla. for printing, postage and advertising…

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Ad Watch: Latest Otter ad

Here's a link to my full story at on Gov. Butch Otter's latest campaign ad, which touts the Opportunity Scholarship Fund that Otter helped establish, but doesn't mention that no new students have been able to apply for the scholarship for the past two…

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Dems fund poll for Allred 

The Idaho Democratic Party has filed an independent expenditure report showing that it spent $50,000 on polling yesterday on behalf of Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor. Coincidentally, that was a day before the independent Idaho Newspapers Poll came out today, showing GOP Gov.…

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Faith, politics and Mitt Romney... 

AP reporter John Miller takes a look today at how Mormonism and politics have merged in two western campaigns, Idaho's gubernatorial race and Nevada's Senate race, and the glimpses it provides into scrutiny Mitt Romney could face in a 2012 run for president. "Americans like…

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KTVB pulls SuperPAC ad

At least one Idaho TV station, KTVB-TV in Boise, has decided to pull the SuperPAC for America ad against Walt Minnick that contains a false claim. "It is a non-candidate sponsored commercial, and we just reviewed the facts," said Doug Armstrong, KTVB general manager. "It…

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