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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 5, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter talks with about 75 reporters at the Capitol building on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. Gov. Otter shared his thoughts on the upcoming 2012 legislative session which starts Monday.
 (AP / Matt Cilley)

Exchange to be among top legislative issues

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller on today's clash over a state health insurance exchange, which promises to be among the hottest issues in the Idaho legislative session that starts Monday. Miller reports that Ideological objections to federal health care…

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State board names new communications chief

Idaho's state Board of Education has named Marilyn Whitney its new chief communications and legislative affairs officer, replacing Mark Browning, who left for a position as a vice president at North Idaho College. Whitney was formerly the statewide community outreach coordinator for the Idaho National…

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Idaho leaders ready to strengthen ethics laws

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho legislative leaders, from both parties, now say they're ready to strengthen the state's ethics laws. Among the proposals: Creating an independent state ethics commission, something 41 states have, but Idaho lacks.

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Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (Betsy Russell)

Barbieri on health exchange: 'It's socialism'

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri declared, "This health care mandate is not good for the nation. It's socialism. ... A socialist America is a broken America." Speaking on a panel about a proposed state health insurance exchange at the AP Legislative Preview today, Barbieri said, "It's…

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On playing politics...

Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai said, "This is not a time for us to play the politics, it's a time for us to look at what's best for Idahoans." Yet, it's also a year in which every seat in the Legislature is up for election,…

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (Betsy Russell)

Otter says he'll fight ed referendum

Gov. Butch Otter reaffirmed his support today for the "Students Come First" school reforms, which shift funds from salaries to technology boosts and make other changes, including removing many of teachers' collective bargaining rights. "I know they're going to be on the ballot this year,…

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