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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 15, 2010


No pay cut for Idaho lawmakers 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel appointed to set pay for state lawmakers has decided against salary cuts, recommending that legislators keep their current salaries at $16,116 a year. The Legislative Compensation Committee approved the recommendation Wednesday…

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Closing statements: Guv candidates sound themes

In their closing statements at today's City Club of Boise debate, the two major-party candidates for governor sounded the themes of their campaigns. "In these tough times, it's not enough to just talk about the founding fathers," said challenger Keith Allred. "Today we need a…

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Gov. Butch Otter, left, and challenger Keith Allred, right, debate on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Who had 'better lobbyist'...

Asked about which tax exemptions he'd eliminate, gubernatorial challenger Keith Allred said ski resorts get a sales tax exemption that golf courses don't, and there's no reason other than this: "The ski resorts had a better lobbyist than the golf courses." That got a laugh…

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From funding questions to opponent's strengths... 

Butch Otter and Keith Allred have been quickly and directly addressing lots of questions: Road funding, parks funding, what their opponent does better than them, the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness (Otter against, Allred for), and education cuts. "Obviously it was painful for us to do," Otter…

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Guv's debate in Boise on Wednesday - at left is moderator Jim Weatherby (Betsy Russell)

Candidates differ on tax deals

The first question in today's Boise City Club debate was on whether the two major-party candidates for governor support a "proper investigation" into allegations of special deals at the state Tax Commission for influential taxpayers. "I do support a proper investigation of it, in fact…

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Keith Allred gives his opening statement in debate against Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Allred: 'We're doing poorly on both'

Democratic challenger Keith Allred, in his opening statement, said his goal is to "advance our priorities, not the priorities of political parties and special interests." As for those priorities, he said, "Two rise above the rest - first keep the tax burden on Idaho families…

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A crowd of more than 400 gathers for the Boise City Club debate Wednesday between Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred. (Betsy Russell)

Full house for guv's debate in Boise today

There's a very full house for the Boise City Club debate today between Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred. It's the biggest crowd the city club ever has had, with more than 400 reservations for lunch and an additional 70-plus listening in. The…

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