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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2010


Hart refuses to resign from Rev & Tax 

Rep. Phil Hart is refusing to resign from the House Rev & Tax Committee. "I am authorized on behalf of Rep. Hart to state that regardless of which direction the vote of the Ethics Committee goes, he will speak and discuss this issue with the…

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House Ethics Committee discusses Rep. Phil Hart's case on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Killen: 'I think it is a big deal'

Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, said if the ethics committee lets Hart slide, it's setting precedent with regard to abuse of legislative privilege. "We're suggesting to future bodies that it's no big deal - I think it is a big deal," he said.

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Loertscher: 'Might be difficult for us to do'

Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, is arguing that because the Board of Tax Appeals didn't rule on whether the legislative privilege from civil process applies to a lawmaker's personal tax appeal or not - they ruled that even if it did, Hart still exceeded…

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ethics committee (Betsy Russell)

Ethics committee convenes

The House Ethics Committee is gathering for its meeting. Chairman Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, asked about the agenda, said, "We're just going to discuss this last item about this matter and resolve it once and for all, get this behind us so we can move…

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Ethics Committee to convene today on Hart

The special House Ethics Committee investigating the actions of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, convenes this afternoon at 2:30 Boise time in the House State Affairs Committee hearing room, East Wing Room 40 in the lower level of the state Capitol, for a telephone conference call…

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Ad watch: The new Allred TV ad 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred's new TV commercial focuses on education cuts, for which he criticizes Gov. Butch Otter. Here's a look at the claims:CLAIM: In the ad, Allred says, "Butch Otter doesn't do his homework. He botched the budget and cut education 7 percent,…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Allred launches education ad

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred has launched his second TV ad of the campaign, focusing on this year's funding cuts to public schools; more on the ad tomorrow; you can watch it here. With TV ads playing such an important messaging role in Idaho's big…

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Crapo, Risch introduce wolf delisting bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's U.S. senators introduced a measure to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah. The bill Idaho Republicans Mike Crapo…

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Judge halts state budget cut for disabled

Idaho's planned cutbacks in Health & Welfare programs have run into a snag - a federal judge has temporarily barred the state from cutting a cash assistance program for some developmentally disabled adults. The recipients, who all function at the level of an 8-year-old or…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

Idaho could gain if Bush tax cuts expire 

Idaho is one of nine states that that would gain state tax revenue if some or all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, according to a new report from The reason: The nine states collect state taxes based on federal taxable…

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Labrador advances in 'Young Guns' 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador has been named to "Contender" status in the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program, the second tier of the three-tier program. "By achieving 'Contender' status, Labrador has already demonstrated his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve…

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National Dem blog slams Minnick 

The Daily Kos, a national Democratic liberal/progressive blog, slammed Idaho Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick over the weekend for his latest campaign commercial, which targets GOP challenger Raul Labrador over immigration. "Minnick is up 20 in the polls, while his opponent is broke and has zero…

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A Cooper's hawk, in a Boise backyard, rests after a run-in with a living room window (Betsy Russell)

Hawk makes a house call... 

There was a loud thud against the living room window this morning, startling the cat who was looking out the window, and something large fell outside. Looking out, expecting perhaps a pigeon (it was too big for a quail), we were surprised to find a…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

State revenues for August $5.7M over target 

Idaho's state tax revenues surged another $5.7 million over the state's projections in the month of August. When combined with the $4.5 million that state taxes beat projections in July, that puts the state $10.2 million ahead so far for the fiscal year that began…

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