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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Idaho exchange enrollment swells

Enrollment in insurance plans through Idaho’s state-run health care exchange has swelled since the federal government fixed the website that residents use to sign up coverage, the AP reports, with about 20,000 Idahoans enrolling in time for their coverage to begin Jan. 1. That’s up…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

Bedke: 'Our differences are not that large'

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said, “I’ll support the motion, because our differences are not that large at this point in the session.” The motion, from Sen. John Goedde, seconded by Sen. Cliff Bayer, would accept the governor’s revenue projection for fiscal years 2014 and…

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Simpson outraises Smith 4-to-1 in Idaho House race

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013's final quarter. Smith announced Thursday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth…

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Mechelle Thomas testifies to lawmakers on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: 'We need help, we really do'

In continuing testimony on state employee compensation this afternoon: Shelly Doty told the lawmakers, “I feel as if I’m banging my head against the wall.” She said many people at her agency qualify for food stamps or other aid. Mechelle Thomas, pictured above, who works…

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Lesson: Keep tabs on your phone? 

As a reporter, I often use a small recording device – these days, my iPhone – to record events like press conferences so I can later double-check my notes. So on Monday when I went to Gov. Butch Otter’s press conference in his office after…

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