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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

'Idaho will miss his leadership' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statement mourning Clint Stennett's passing, saying, "Clint was a model of civility and bipartisan cooperation who led by example. I'll miss his good humor and wise counsel, and Idaho will miss his leadership." Otter announced that all state…

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Clint Stennett dies at age 54 

Former Idaho Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett has died at age 54, after a long battle with brain cancer. Stennett died Thursday afternoon at his Ketchum home with his wife, Michelle, by his side. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

GOP challenger Raul Labrador, left, Congressman Walt Minnick, center, and independent Dave Olson, right, laugh just before the start of their debate on live TV tonight. (Betsy Russell)

Debate wraps up... 

Wow, that was quite a debate. It just wrapped up, and the "Takeaway" online discussion is about to begin; you can watch here (click on "Watch Live"). Click below for a complete report on the debate from Associated Press reporter Jessie Bonner.

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Audience members filter in for tonight's 1st Congressional District debate in the Capitol Auditorium between Congressman Walt Minnick, GOP challenger Raul Labrador and independent Dave Olson. (Betsy Russell)

Watch tonight's debate...

Tonight's 1st Congressional District debate starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time, 7 p.m. Pacific, and airs live on Idaho Public Television. You can also watch it online here; the link to the live stream will be up shortly before the debate begins.

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1st CD debate is tonight... 

Tonight is the big debate in the 1st Congressional District race, the sole statewide televised debate of the campaign. It starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time, 7 p.m. Pacific, at the Idaho Capitol Auditorium. In addition to taking place before a live audience, the debate…

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Lawmakers mull limiting absentee voting

As the Idaho Vote By Mail initiative drive ends without qualifying for the ballot, Idaho House GOP leaders are mulling further limiting, rather than expanding, absentee voting in the state. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, said, "It's not just me - there are several…

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Idaho Vote By Mail drops initiative

Idaho Vote By Mail has called off its signature-gathering effort to get an initiative on the 2012 ballot giving Idahoans the option of permanently requesting an absentee ballot, saying it just hasn't been able to gather the required thousands of signatures using volunteers. "We needed…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

Candidates for Idaho governor Jana Kemp, left, Keith Allred, center, and Butch Otter, right, debate on Wednesday night in Caldwell (AP Photo / John Miller)

Otter, Allred, Kemp clash in debate

Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred sharply disagreed over recent cuts to dental programs for the poor; independent candidate Jana Kemp said Otter's "Project 60" isn't working and backed privatizing state liquor sales; Otter said tax exemptions were put in place for good…

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Closed primary trial: Party makes case

The Idaho Republican Party finally got its chance Wednesday to make a case for scrapping the state's open primary, the AP reports, which they say allows Democratic voters to unfairly influence GOP politics and results at the ballot box. Click below for a full report…

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Guv candidates debate tonight

Three candidates for governor will face off in a televised debate tonight on KTVB-TV in Boise, in partnership with KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls and KREM-TV in Spokane. The debate, featuring Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger Keith Allred, and independent Jana Kemp, starts at 8 p.m.;…

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Jerry Evans endorses Allred for guv

In a statement entitled "A Difficult Choice," former longtime Idaho GOP state schools Supt. Jerry Evans today has endorsed Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate, for governor over incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter. "It came as a disappointing surprise this year when Governor Otter recommended a…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Otter pulls ahead in campaign fundraising

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today reported raising $752,000 in campaign funds in the past four months, while his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, raised $372,500. With both candidates spending heavily on advertising as the campaign season hits its peak, Otter reported $211,634 in cash on hand…

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Closing comments from Sullivan, Crapo... 

"Americans should be working their way into the middle class, not falling out of it," Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Tom Sullivan said in his closing comments in tonight's debate. "To do that we have to tax fairly and cut wisely." Incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo…

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Sullivan: 'I've nearly paid it off'

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Sullivan was asked, given his struggles with big tax debt in his business, why voters should choose him to replace Sen. Mike Crapo, who holds a key finance committee position. "Because I have been the one who has been able…

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Sullivan, right, debate on Tuesday night as part of the "Idaho Debates," broadcast live on Idaho Public Television.  (Lisa Sommer / Idaho Public Television)

Clash over tax cuts...

In tonight's U.S. Senate debate, Sen. Mike Crapo and Democratic challenger Tom Sullivan already have clashed repeatedly over taxes. "I don't think the Republicans are in favor of tax cuts for anybody except the wealthiest people in this country," Sullivan declared. "The real tax cuts…

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Candidates prepare for the U.S. Senate debate on Tuesday night, as does the reporter panel and, at right, moderator Thanh Tan of Idaho Public Television. (Lisa Sommer / Idaho Public Television)

It's debate time: U.S. Senate

It's time now for the debate in the U.S. Senate race, between Sen. Mike Crapo and his Democratic challenger, Tom Sullivan of Tetonia. Here's a bit about the two: Mike Crapo, 59 Republican BIO: Two terms in U.S. Senate, three in U.S. House; eight years…

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Allred: 'No to the mega-loads' 

Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred said today that he's against the proposed mega-loads of oil equipment proposed to travel along Idaho's narrow and scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, for which current Gov. Butch Otter has been an enthusiastic proponent. "In an Allred…

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Conoco wants quick go-ahead for mega-loads

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — ConocoPhillips is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to quickly announce whether it will uphold or overturn a lower court's decision to halt the movement of four oversized loads of refinery equipment on Idaho…

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