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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Moscow City Councilman Walter Steed, left, portrays a reporter in a skit with other participants at an open government workshop in Moscow on Tuesday (State of Idaho / Todd Dvorak)

Learning the ins, outs of Idaho's open meeting law

Moscow’s historic, wood-paneled City Council chambers was the scene of some hilarity last night, as City Councilman Walter Steed, left, played the part of a lucky reporter overhearing his local county commissioners illegally conducting public business over breakfast at a local café – while Latah…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Horatio Alger Association honors Vandersloot 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho businessman Frank Vandersloot has won an award previously given to former President Ronald Reagan, former hockey star Wayne Gretzky and country music icon Johnny Cash. The Post Register reports that Vandersloot…

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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

Why Labrador voted 'present' 

When the U.S. House voted 219-197 late last week to disapprove of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador didn’t vote “yes.” He didn’t vote “no” either. Instead, Labrador voted “present,” mystifying the folks back home. A request for comment to…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

November state tax revenues beat forecast 

Idaho state tax revenues in November came in 5.9 percent ahead of forecasts, the governor’s Division of Financial Management reports, pushing the fiscal year-to-date total collections to $12.3 million, or 1.1 percent ahead of projections. The biggest jump came in individual income tax collections, which…

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Corder to be a top staffer to Supt-elect Sherri Ybarra 

Idaho state schools Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra has been mum since the election, but she was at the Capitol during yesterday’s organizational session, meeting with lawmakers and others. Accompanying her was former Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, who acknowledged in response to a reporter’s questions that…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

House names five new committee chairs

Here are the new House committee chairs: Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, will chair the Business Committee, succeeding retired Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls. Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, will chair the Environment, Energy & Technology Committee, formerly chaired by Rep. Dell Raybould, who will…

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Dean Mortimer (Betsy Russell)

New Senate education chair: Mortimer 

Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, will be the new chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “That’s what I’ve been asked to do,” said Mortimer, who also will continue to serve on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Mortimer replaces longtime Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, who was…

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