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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Court tosses out state gun rights case

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Missoula is dismissing a lawsuit launched by gun rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws. The decision from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy was expected since…

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Running for cowboy-in-chief? 

AP reporter John Miller has a look at the "cowboy cred" of the two leading candidates in Idaho's governor's race today, incumbent Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred. "They have castrated thousands of calves," Miller writes. "They spend free time riding the range…

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What they're promising... 

When Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick and his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, each were asked for a one- to two-sentence statement of their campaign promises, this is what they each had to say:MINNICK: "I am running to continue working hard for Idaho veterans, seniors and families.…

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Pro-Life's atomic theory... 

The candidate for Idaho governor who was formerly known as Marvin Richardson - until he legally changed his name to "Pro-Life" - shared this with Eye on Boise today: "I believe that when you split atoms, you've murdered an atom, that God doesn't intend any…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

Hart's lawyer can't appeal ethics ruling 

Remember when Rep. Phil Hart's attorney, Starr Kelso, issued a statement last week charging that the House Ethics Committee's action against Hart, through its unanimous vote to recommend his removal from the House Revenue & Taxation Committee while he presses his own personal fight against…

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More national attention for BSU football... 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The "firsts" keep coming for the Boise State football team. The third-ranked Broncos will be featured on the national cover of Sports Illustrated magazine this week. The Idaho Statesman reports that SI writer…

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Homeowner's exemption to fall in 2011

Idaho's homeowner's exemption from property tax will drop in 2011 to a maximum of $92,040, from the current $101,153. "The drop reflects the recent state of the housing market," said Alan Dornfest, property tax supervisor for the Idaho State Tax Commission. In 2006, Idaho lawmakers…

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Census: Idaho incomes see big drop 

Idaho families saw their take-home pay drop nearly 5 percent last year – one of the steepest declines in the nation. New reports today from the U.S. Census Bureau show that median income in Idaho fell by 4.9 percent from 2008 to 2009. By comparison,…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

From the campaign trail... 

Been interviewing candidates in North Idaho contested legislative races today for the S-R's upcoming voter guide; among their comments: Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Prichard, said, "I think my district is very much gone Republican. As far as Shoshone County, I think they're hanging in there…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

About 125 Idaho teachers from around the state rally on the state capitol steps on Friday, launching an independent campaign in favor of Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools, and against incumbent Tom Luna. (Betsy Russell)

Teachers rally for Olson, decry school cuts 

Idaho schoolteachers are coming out in force behind the candidacy of just-retired Boise school superintendent Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools, against incumbent Supt. Tom Luna. At a rally on the Statehouse steps today, more than 100 teachers from 75 school districts around the…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

No fine for Hart on PAC filing discrepancy

The Idaho Secretary of State's office says Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has supplied the missing information from his campaign finance filings for a PAC he formed this year called "North Idahoans for Liberty," and it's closed the case without fining Hart. "Our main goal is…

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Labrador campaign flier

Labrador plans fundraiser in Puerto Rico 

Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador plans to travel to his native Puerto Rico next week to raise money for his campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, the AP reports. A campaign flier says Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno is expected to attend a…

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One complaint dismissed

Rep. Dell Raybould has moved to dismiss the complaint against Rep. Hart for abuse of legislative privilege. Rep. Rich Wills seconded the motion, and it passed on a 5-2 vote. Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, joined the panel's Republicans in that vote. Now the committee…

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