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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Meridian Chamber endorses Minnick

A day after the Meridian Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for 1st District congressional candidates, the Meridian Chamber PAC has announced it has decided to endorse incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick in the race. "It was a real treat for the Meridian Chamber to…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010


New Allred TV ad hits Otter on economy

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred has launched a new television commercial, which is airing statewide including the Spokane TV market, criticizing incumbent Gov. Butch Otter over the economy; you can watch it here. Coming soon: A look at the claims.

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Otter reverses self, says don't shoot 

In perhaps the weirdest news yet on the wolf front this week, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter late yesterday reversed himself on comments he'd made to the Associated Press a day earlier about whether people ought to shoot wolves. Here's the AP news item on the…

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NP Tribe: We weren't consulted

Here's a statement from the Nez Perce Tribe, whose reservation includes 70 miles of the route that proposed mega-loads of oil equipment would travel along Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, in response to news that ISP patrols to accompany ExxonMobil's proposed mega-loads were approved by…

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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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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Monday talks about his decision to back away from state management of wolves, leaving the job to federal authorities. The governor talked with the media at the Boise Center on the Grove in downtown Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Otter on wolves: 'Nothing else has worked' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke out tonight about his decision today to pull the state out of wolf management, shifting that authority to federal officials. Asked his response to opponent Keith Allred's charge that by doing so, he's yielding Idaho's state sovereignty to the feds,…

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Allred: Otter wolf decision 'reckless'

Keith Allred, the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter, has issued a statement calling Otter's move today to withdraw the state from wolf management "reckless," and saying, "Butch Otter just gave away more state power to the federal government. We need to be asserting our…

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Idaho gets $1.65M in drug settlement

Idaho will collect $1.65 million in a legal settlement with the prescription drug manufacturer Sandoz Inc. for overstating the average wholesale price of drugs, causing Idaho's Medicaid program to overpay; among others, Sandoz manufactures a generic version of the drug Prozac. The company admits no…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010



Republican Raul Labrador, left, Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick, center, and Independent Dave Olson, during a debate, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the Idaho House Senate auditorium in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Last night's 1st CD debate...

The Idaho Statesman's Kevin Richert offers a breakdown here of last night's 1st CD debate - who won, who lost, and how it went. It's an interesting take. And here's some background from the Statesman's Dan Popkey on the Reagan tax issue that came up…

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