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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010


And a 'superPAC' is... 

Here's an interesting tidbit about SuperPAC for America, the national group headed by Dick Morris that's running a false ad in Idaho targeting Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick: Opensecrets.org reported yesterday that the group was the single top outside spender in the nation that day, spending…

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Minnick campaign: False SuperPAC ad 'outrageous'

Congressman Walt Minnick's re-election campaign is calling a new anti-Minnick ad from a national group headed by GOP strategist Dick Morris "outrageous" for falsely claiming Minnick voted in favor of the stimulus bill. "What's outrageous is the actual vote they cite says he voted no,"…

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Kootenai R's clash over Hart 

Today's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will vote tonight on whether to remove their state committeeman for denouncing Rep. Phil Hart over his tax and legal troubles. "This vote is important, because it's going to identify what the local…

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010


Ross Perot's grandkids backing Labrador 

H. Ross Perot III, the grandson of the quirky Texas billionaire who ran for president twice in the 1990s, has made a last-minute campaign contribution to Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador, and so have three of his family members. "Good, solid conservatives, the Perots,"…

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Kempthorne endorses Labrador 

Former Idaho governor, U.S. senator and secretary of the interior Dirk Kempthorne today endorsed Raul Labrador for Congress, saying, "The people of Idaho have been well-served by their Republican team of elected officials" and saying Labrador will be "a fine addition to that successful team."…

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The state's highest-ranking wedding crasher? 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter accidentally became the state's highest ranking wedding crasher during a campaign stop. The state's chief executive entered a room in the Jerome Public Library in southern Idaho with…

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Republican Gov. Butch Otter, left, and Democrat Keith Allred attend a luncheon in September.  (Shawn Raecke)

Profile: The race for governor 

Butch Otter’s long-awaited turn as Idaho’s governor – he first ran for the post in 1978 and served as lieutenant governor for 14 years – hasn’t turned out quite the way he planned. He promised improvements to education, a business-friendly climate, and a restructured, more-efficient…

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Raul Labrador, left, and Walt Minnick, right, smile before they debate on Idaho Public TV on Oct. 14. (Betsy Russell)

Profile: The 1st CD race

Freshman congressman Walt Minnick is a new kind of Idaho Democrat – one who votes more often with Republicans than with his own party, one who attracts business support that usually goes to GOP candidates, and one who crusades against earmarks, refusing to request any…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010

Schools race draws independent spending 

You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on how there are now three groups mounting independent campaigns for or against candidates for Idaho schools chief, with the addition of eastern Idaho personal care products firm Melaleuca Inc. The company launched a TV ad…

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Palin endorses Otter for re-election 

Sarah Palin today endorsed Gov. Butch Otter's re-election bid, calling him "a voice for commonsense conservatism." She made the endorsement on her blog and Facebook; you can read the Otter campaign's full announcement here. "I am honored and humbled to receive Gov. Palin's endorsement," Otter…

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Ad Watch: Minnick's latest commercial 

Here's a look at the claims in Congressman Walt Minnick's new campaign ad, which starts running today in the Boise and Spokane TV markets:CLAIM: "Raul Labrador - misleading you again. It's gotten so bad he was forced to pull another false ad before it even…

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Melaleuca attack ad targets Olson 

Melelauca Inc. yesterday filed independent expenditure reports showing it's dumped $40,000 into an independent TV ad campaign in favor of incumbent GOP school Supt. Tom Luna, and the firm has launched a TV ad in southern Idaho that belittles Luna's Democratic challenger, Stan Olson, with…

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Minnick launches new campaign ad

In response to yesterday's flap over a new Labrador ad - GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador pulled his new ad before it aired, after being informed it contained copyrighted material from Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Debates" - Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick has launched a new…

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State gets into the storage biz

Idaho's state Land Board's ongoing push to diversify its endowment land holdings has put the state into the somewhat surprising position of being the new owner of Affordable Self-Storage outside Boise, a 5-acre storage facility with more than 400 units. The new acquisition joins offices,…

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Tea Party Express endorses Labrador

The Tea Party Express, a national tea party group that earlier chose Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick as its only Democratic congressman to endorse, today announced it's endorsing Raul Labrador over Minnick. The group said it endorsed Minnick earlier "in light of his independence in standing…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010


Otter disputes Allred's wolf comments

"I disagree with my opponent’s definition of sovereignty and his idea about the state's role," Gov. Butch Otter said today in response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred's statements about wolves at a press conference this morning. "State sovereignty to me isn’t managing a federally protected…

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Labrador pulls new ad before it airs 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador today sent out a press release announcing a new TV ad for which airtime was purchased by the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee, featuring an audio clip from the 2008 "Idaho Debates" between Walt Minnick and Bill Sali, in which…

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