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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Political debates galore... 

Tonight will be a political junkie channel-changer's bonanza: The U.S. Senate debate airs live on Idaho Public Television at 8 p.m. Mountain time, 7 p.m. Pacific, with Sen. Mike Crapo debating his Democratic challenger Tom Sullivan; at the same time, KTVB-TV will air a debate…

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Batt endorses Labrador, cites Minnick's ads 

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt has issued the following statement on the 1st Congressional District race: "Walt Minnick has made some courageous votes in Congress, usually reflecting the views of most Idahoans. Nevertheless, it is imperative that this nation reverse the headlong rush toward fiscal…

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MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2010

Candidates get another day

The deadline to turn in the latest campaign finance reports, showing campaign activity from June 5 through September, was Oct. 10, but that was a Sunday. Then the next day, today, is Columbus Day, a state holiday. So the candidates have an extra two days…

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'This is Newt Gingrich...'

The Idaho Republican Party today launched a big round of robo-calls in the 1st Congressional District featuring a recorded message from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich asking voters to send Republican Raul Labrador to Congress to help build a GOP majority there. "I'd rather not…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

Allred dubs new GOP ad 'wild distortion' 

The Idaho Republican Party's new attack ad against Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred charges that he'd tax everything from child care to church bake sales, a claim Allred dubs a "wild distortion." Norm Semanko, Idaho Republican Party chairman, said the new TV commercial, which…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

Mack Sermon, left, Democratic challenger, debates incumbent GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, right, on Thursday night in the "Idaho Debates" in the Idaho state capitol (Lisa Sommer / Idaho Public Television)

Lively debates for two lower-profile offices

Lively debates tonight for a couple of lower-profile statewide elected positions, Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor. Here, in this Idaho Public TV photo, Mack Sermon, left, Democratic challenger, speaks; incumbent Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is at right. Sermon championed vote-by-mail, saying Idaho would…

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Idaho Debates: LtGov and Secretary of State

The "Idaho Debates" tonight will feature the candidates for Lieutenant Governor, incumbent Republican Brad Little and Democratic challenger Eldon Wallace, starting at 8 p.m. Mountain time, 7 p.m. Pacific; followed by the candidates for Secretary of State, incumbent Republican Ben Ysursa and Democratic challenger Mack…

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Idaho state GOP launches anti-Allred ad 

The Idaho Republican Party has come out with a new TV commercial attacking Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor, which is airing statewide, starting yesterday in the Treasure Valley and throughout the rest of the state, including the Spokane market, today. "It's an independent…

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Ad Watch: Allred's latest commercial

Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor, has a new TV commercial out that's running statewide. Like his last one, it criticizes Gov. Butch Otter for this year's 7.5 percent cut in funding for public schools. You can read my full story here at,…

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Questions, questions... 

UPDATE: This is tonight! Granted, these are not the most high-profile state elected offices, but they do matter - the lieutenant governor, for example, casts tie-breaking votes in the state Senate, and the Secretary of State is our state's chief election official and serves on…

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Boise on Wednesday at a rally for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's re-election campaign. (Betsy Russell)

Romney stumps for Otter in Boise 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter brought in former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to stump for him today in Idaho Falls and Boise, in an effort to pump up support among LDS voters in southern and eastern Idaho. Idaho Falls businessman Frank VanderSloot, who hosted the Idaho…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Stan OIson, left, and Tom Luna, right, pose for a photo together before their debate Tuesday night on Idaho Public Television. (Kevin Rank / Idaho Public Television)

The debate for state schools chief... 

Here's a link to my story at on the debate tonight between the two candidates seeking to lead Idaho's school system for the next four years, and you can click below for a full report from AP reporter Jessie Bonner. Tonight's live debate was…

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Stan Olson and Tom Luna, candidates for state superintendent of schools, debate in front of a live audience in the Idaho Capitol Auditorium on Tuesday night (Betsy Russell)

Supt candidates speak out in closing comments

In their closing comments at the end of tonight's debate, each candidate for superintendent of public instruction spoke out. "Idaho needs a real advocate for education," incumbent Supt. Tom Luna declared. He then asked, "Is an advocate for education someone like me who is reducing…

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