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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, right, responds to a comment by Libertarian candidate John Bujak, left, during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Fact Check: CCA and the governor’s debate 14 

In last night’s heated debate between the three leading candidates for governor of Idaho, there was much back-and-forth over the Corrections Corporation of America and the state’s $1 million settlement with the firm for understaffing the state’s largest prison and over-billing the state. Here’s a…

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Last-minute campaign cash continues to fly

Last-minute campaign money continues to fly ahead of Tuesday’s election; you can see all the latest independent expenditure reports here, and the statewide candidates’ 48-hour notices here. Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News tallied up the 48-hour reports, which are required for contributions or independent…

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Watch the full governor's debate...

The full, 90-minute debate between Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian challenger John Bujak can be viewed online here. It was a lively and often heated debate that saw the candidates clash on an array of issues as Tuesday's election…

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Jones named in guardianship dispute 

Jana Jones, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent of schools, has been named in a guardianship dispute with her brother-in-law, Idaho Education News reports today. The brother-in-law, Michael Von Jones of Twin Falls, charges that Jones and her husband convinced his parents to write off…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, right, responds past Libertarian candidate John Bujak, center, to a comment by Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, left, during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho guv debate most heated yet 

Idaho's final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet between the candidates seeking the seat, the AP reports. GOP Gov. Butch Otter faced off against Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. The three agreed on little, writes AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi,…

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, left, and Democratic challenger Bert Marley, right, shake hands at their televised debate on Thursday (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

A night of lively political debates in Idaho...

Here’s a link to my full story at on tonight’s lieutenant governor debate, the only debate in the race between GOP Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley. In the polite but pointed televised debate, Little and Marley outlined sharply differing views…

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Tax breaks help lure food company to Pocatello 

Gov. Butch Otter was in Pocatello yesterday to announce that Amy’s Kitchen, a manufacturer of frozen vegetarian food, will move into the vacant H.J. Heinz plant there, lured in part by the state’s new Tax Reimbursement Incentive Act. Amy’s Kitchen will get rebates on 26…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

The politics of the pratfall... 

An analysis of the “politics of the pratfall” in this year’s race for Idaho state superintendent of schools, penned by Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert, examines how a series of high-profile blunders by the GOP candidate, Sherri Ybarra, could resonate in the race between…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014

Groups spending on Idaho races as election approaches... 

Today’s independent expenditure reports – documenting big independent campaign spending in the final days before the election, which must be reported within 48 hours – include an IACI-linked group, the Idaho Prosperity Fund, spending another $50,000 today on literature attacking Democratic candidate for governor A.J.…

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