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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2017

TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 2017




MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017



Military judge in Bergdahl case worries about Trump impact

The judge deciding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's punishment said Monday he is concerned that President Donald Trump's comments about the case could impact the public's perception of the military justice system. Sentencing was set to begin Monday for Bergdahl on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, but...

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Advocates file Idaho Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Health advocates who have been stymied by Idaho's Republican-dominant Legislature to expand Medicaid have filed paperwork for a ballot initiative. Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst said Monday that the state elections office received the ballot initiative proposal last week. The initiative must now be vetted by the Attorney General's office...

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Hundreds attend the 34th annual Frank Church Conference at Boise State University on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017; the conference this year is focusing on refugees, migration and national security. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Conference: Numbers, experiences behind refugee issue...

Among other comments from panelists at today’s Frank Church Conference at Boise State University, which is focusing on refugees, migration and national security: Jennifer Sime, senior vice president for U.S. programs for the International Rescue Committee, said in the years since the U.S. refugee resettlement...

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Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Nonini: 'I'm more conservative than Janice'

North Idaho Sen. Bob Nonini, asked why he decided to join the now five-way race for lieutenant governor in 2018, went directly after one of the four Republicans already in the race. “I look at the candidates that are in the race, and there are no real strong conservatives, although Janice says she is,” Nonini said, referring to rival...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017






Idaho state Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb speaks during an interview at her North Boise home on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR)

Buckner-Webb: 'I'm a zealot for equity'

Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the Gem State's only African-American state legislator, is giving the dinner keynote address tonight in Spokane at the fourth international conference sponsored by Gonzaga University's Institute of Hate Studies. Her talk is entitled "With Liberty and Justice for All." Here's my profile of Buckner-Webb from today's...

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Hixon resigns from Legislature amid criminal investigation

A three-term Idaho state lawmaker involved in an active criminal investigation resigned from office Thursday, the AP reported Thursday night. Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell submitted his resignation letter to Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley and Gov. Butch Otter. "I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017


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