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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

Jorgenson condemns Minnick ad 

Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, today issued a press release objecting to Congressman Walt Minnick's negative campaign ad targeting GOP challenger Raul Labrador over immigration, though it takes a similar approach to a press release Jorgenson himself sent out in December of 2009 calling on…

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Political news of the day... 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the flap over Congressman Walt Minnick's new negative ad targeting GOP challenger Raul Labrador. Here's a link to an article today by Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman on how Minnick is in a quarter-million-dollar…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

Campaigns clash over new Minnick ad 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador issued a statement tonight calling Congressman Walt Minnick's new campaign ad "disgusting," "disgraceful" and "shameful," and saying it "succeeds in only twisting and editing my words into quotes that are blatantly untrue." He also demands that Minnick immediately remove "this…

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Minnick targets Labrador in new ad 

Idaho 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick has put out a new campaign ad, and this one is a negative ad targeting his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, for his work as an immigration lawyer. The ad just began airing this evening throughout the 1st Congressional District,…

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Rabid bat found in Canyon County 

Another rabid bat has been found in Idaho, this time in Canyon County, where it flew into a home and was being played with by a cat. The bat tested positive for rabies, and the cat hadn't been vaccinated. "That's why it's so important to…

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AARP officials and volunteers gather on the Idaho state capitol steps to launch an unprecedented statewide voter education campaign aimed at this year's state and legislative races. (Betsy Russell)

AARP launches statewide voter-ed campaign

The Idaho AARP is launching a statewide voter-education effort complete with voter guides for every legislative race in the state along with statewide and congressional races, meetings and discussions with its members throughout the state to bring them up to speed on issues before they…

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Ethics panel sets Sept. 22 meeting on Hart

The special House Ethics Committee that's investigating ethics complaints against state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has set its next meeting for Sept. 22, when the panel will meet at 2:30 p.m. via conference call. A live audio stream of the meeting will be available to…

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WEDNESDAY, 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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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010




Labrador: Minnick a 'fat cat Washington insider' 

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador has issued a blistering press release in response to incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick's decision to back out of a scheduled debate against him on KTVB-TV and its partner KREM-TV; in it, Labrador recalled Minnick's comments in 2008 about the value…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

Otter, Minnick trim debate schedules 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Politicians opting out of televised debates are again news in Idaho. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told organizers in Lewiston he couldn't do an Oct. 7 debate, though he's scheduled for three other meetings…

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BSU sets enrollment record 

Boise State University has set an all-time record with its enrollment this year of 19,993 students, up 5.6 percent from last fall. At the same time, the number of new student applications is up 16 percent. BSU's enrollment has grown 21 percent since 2000 and…

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