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Eye On Boise ethics archive

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018

FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018

House State Affairs agrees to introduce new statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure bill; only Giddings, Barbieri dissent

New conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all candidates and office-holders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income – was introduced in the House State Affairs Committee today with just two “no” votes. The vote...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2018

Ahlquist campaign decries defeat of disclosure bill

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, issued this statement: “Today's failure by the House State Affairs committee highlights yet again politics as usual and the need to elect a political outsider like Tommy Ahlquist as Governor. Tommy has been championing the...

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From left, Idaho Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard; Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello; and Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, consider a proposed financial disclosure bill in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (Betsy Z. Russell)

House State Affairs refuses to introduce Loertscher's financial disclosure bill, kills it instead

The House State Affairs Committee has killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a legislative interim committee – to impose Idaho’s first-ever personal financial disclosure requirement for elected officials. “I don’t see why this should see the light of day,” said a visibly angry Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017

MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017




McGrane: 'Have everybody report into the same space' 

Phil McGrane, chief deputy clerk for Ada County, addressed the Legislature’s work group on ethics and campaign finance reform today, and demonstrated some data visualizations using free online tools based on campaign finance reports that lawmakers on the committee found fascinating – things like who...

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MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017






SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

Sun. column: Idaho's political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions...

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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

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