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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

No charges for Crane over gas card use 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho county prosecutor won't pursue criminal charges against state Treasurer Ron Crane over his use of a state gas card to fill up his private vehicle. Canyon County prosecutor Bryan Taylor…

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Idaho's citizen redistricting commission reviews proposed legislative district plans on Thursday; the commission reconvened after the Idaho Supreme Court invalidated its last legislative district plan. (Betsy Russell)

Redistricters back at work... 

Idaho's six citizen redistricting commissioners have been working straight through since 9 this morning, either in small working groups or as a full commission; they worked through lunch, while reviewing all seven of the plans that already have been submitted to the commission that have…

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Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, opens debate in the House on the anti-Occupy bill on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

House opens debate on anti-Occupy bill

Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, opened debate in the House on HB 404, his bill to evict the Occupy Boise encampment from state property across the street from the Capitol. Bedke said the measure "closes the loophole that allows for camping on the lawns." He said,…

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JFAC co-chair, Luna clash over budget process 

JFAC Co-Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, is admonishing state schools Supt. Tom Luna for changing his budget request on the day of his presentation; he said it's not uncommon for estimates of student enrollment growth to change, but procedures require line items and other issues to…

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Tom Luna (Betsy Russell)

Luna: 'We are paying teachers differently'

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna is calling for tapping the $29 million that Gov. Butch Otter proposes depositing into the Public Education Stabilization Fund to instead go to back-filling the cuts in teacher salary funds mandated by the Students Come First laws. "While I believe…

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Luna: 'Something has to change' 

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna told legislative budget writers, "We have good schools in Idaho, some of the best in the country. But that’s not the challenge, that’s not the question. The question is, in today’s world, is good good enough?" He said Idaho has…

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Redistricters to convene at 9

Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission meets at 9 this morning in room C110 of the Capitol; thanks to Idaho Public Television, you can listen live here. According to its agenda, from 9:05 to 10:30, it'll hear from Brian Kane of the Idaho Attorney General's office…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Redistricting fracas divides Idaho GOP

Here's a link to our full story at on today's drama over redistricting, with the timing of the state's primary election hanging in the balance and the fracas dividing Idaho's supermajority Republican Party. The Idaho Supreme Court stepped in today, halting a move by…

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