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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2013

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with about 100 reporters on Friday in Boise. (Associated Press)

A test of leadership for Gov. Otter...

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter faces a major leadership test when Idaho lawmakers convene their legislative session on Monday: convincing many from his own party that it’s in the state’s best interest to run its own health insurance exchange, when many want no part of “Obamacare.”…

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Labrador mum on speaker vote abstention

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador not only abstained from the vote to re-elect John Boehner as speaker of the U.S. House, he collected a vote himself for the post. Ohio GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who’s at odds with his party leadership and recently was stripped of…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, Dan Popkey and host Greg Hahn on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" program on Friday. (IPTV)

Looking ahead to the session...

On the first episode of "Idaho Reports" this week on Idaho Public TV, host Greg Hahn interviews new House Speaker Scott Bedke, and I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, Dan Popkey and Greg to discuss the issues coming up as Idaho prepares for the legislative…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho speaks outside Alexandria General District Court in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge. In exchange for his plea Friday, prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. Crapo received a $250 fine and a 12-month suspension of his driver's license and must complete an alcohol safety program. (AP / Evan Vucci)

Crapo: 'I'm swearing off alcohol' 

"I'm swearing off alcohol and I am not going to continue to drink," Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo told reporters today in a conference call after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Alexandria, Va. Crapo said he believes public officials should be…

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Crapo pleads guilty to DUI, apologizes 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated in Alexandria, Va. today, and apologized for his actions. Crapo was ordered to pay a $250 fine, complete and alcohol safety program and have his driver's license suspended for 12 months. Click…

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Working on ethics issues... 

When a questioner noted that lawmakers will be working on ethics issues next week – all legislators will go through an unprecedented half-day of ethics training - Senate President Pro-tem Brent Hill said, “We’re always working on ethics issues.” House Speaker Scott Bedke said a…

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Dem leaders: Listen to voters

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, “We are going to have to face some real monumental issues.” He said the minority party has been out talking with voters, and is bringing back some messages. “They want a Legislature and government that’s open, honest, and…

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Otter praises legislative ethics training

Gov. Butch Otter praised state legislative leaders for setting up extensive ethics training for lawmakers next week. “I think sometimes we cross an ethical barrier because we simply don’t know the rules,” he said, “so I see great advantage for leadership to step up.”

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Gov. Butch Otter addresses reporters on Friday (Betsy Russell)

Ed reforms need consensus, Otter says

Gov. Butch Otter told reporters this morning that education reform must be arrived at collaboratively and with consensus, saying the process that led to the voter-rejected “Students Come First” laws, which he championed, was badly flawed. “It’s pretty hard to establish consensus if you’re only…

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Gov to speak, you can watch live...

This morning’s AP legislative preview will be streamed live online by Idaho Public Television; you can watch live here. It starts with Gov. Butch Otter at 9 a.m., legislative leaders from both parties speaking at 10, and a panel discussion at 11 on the possible…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013



Economic outlook: 'Subdued and stumbling growth'

Bob Maynard, chief investment officer for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, told lawmakers this morning the coming year’s economy is widely expected to be similar to this past year: “Subdued and stumbling growth, good equity markets, flat bond markets.” He said, “2012 was…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013

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