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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 20, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Panelists, from left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby and George Prentice and host Greg Hahn discuss the week's events in the Legislature on "Idaho Reports" on Friday. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was... 

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby, Boise Weekly reporter George Prentice and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of the week in the Legislature, from the anti-Occupy Boise bill hearing to Health & Welfare cuts; the hour-long program…

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McGee responds...

After nine GOP senators issued a statement this afternoon saying they voted against Sen. John McGee keeping his leadership post during an earlier closed caucus, but were outvoted, McGee, R-Caldwell, issued this statement: "No one is more disappointed by the mistake I made last June…

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John McMahon testifies Friday against legislation to evict the Occupy Boise encampment from state land (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: Not a camp, a 'political message' 

Among testimony at this morning's hearing on legislation to evict the Occupy Boise encampment from state land across from the Capitol: Mike Despot of Boise, who had a supporter read his statement for him because he's legally blind, asked, "Is it truly an emergency to…

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Dana Jablonski of Marsing was the first to testify Friday on legislation to evict the "Occupy Boise" encampment from state property. She said, "That tent is a representation of my presence, because  I need to be heard." (Betsy Russell)

Occupier's testimony: 'I need to be heard'

"Virtually everyone" who's signed up to testify on the anti-Occupy bill today has said they can't return on Monday, said House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, so they'll be allowed to testify this morning. First up was Dana Jablonski of Marsing. Asked who she represents,…

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Occupiers: Not camping, a 'vigil'

Occupy Boise released a statement this morning, saying it'll hold a march from the state Capitol to the federal courthouse this afternoon, with Boise Police officers as escorts. Click below to read their statement, which says the proposed anti-Occupy legislation "attempts to silence Idahoans who…

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Hearing room is packed Friday morning for hearing on bill to evict Occupy Boise from state property, but the hearing was delayed until Monday due to a technical problem with the bill. (Betsy Russell)

Occupy eviction bill hearing put off to Monday

This morning's planned hearing on legislation to evict the Occupy Boise encampment is being put off to Monday, due to a clerical error in the bill. "We have discovered a technical problem," said House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Loertscher said the committee will…

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