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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016

Statesman picks Demo over Labrador 

The Idaho Statesman has endorsed Democrat James Piotrowski over Republican Congressman Raul Labrador, stating it's time for a change: "we want more from our representative than the frequent “No” votes ... especially on spending bills where there are few other responsible choices than for Congress to vote to fund our government."

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Statesman reluctantly backs Crapo 

The Idaho Statesman Editorial Board gives a reluctant endorsement to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo: "We are not convinced Crapo is back on track since the DUI. He may be lost, coasting or drafting off a reputation as that fiscal-responsibility fighter best depicted in one of his TV commercials." Yet, the Statesman isn't quite ready to give up on Crapo.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

Statesman Ends Anon Comments 20 

In Friday’s paper, letter writer Geoffrey B. Clark declared it “is past time to end anonymous posts.” He’s right. Starting Sunday, Sept. 15, we will no longer have anonymous commenters at IdahoStatesman.com. For years, we have struggled with the dichotomy between our print commenters, who...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Edit: Otter Wise To Protect Surplus 

Mow, hoe, trim and water. That's Rep. Maxine Bell's routine during the summer at her home in Jerome. It also describes her role as a co-chair of the Legislature's budgeting committee - with a lot of whacking and slashing thrown into the mix. In recent...

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Statesman Opinionator Faces Snark 

A few words here about the Idaho Statesman‘s new editorial page editor, Robert Ehlert. Some correspondents have had some snark to point his way; they surely aren’t alone, so let’s put it out there. Ehlert has had a few years since working for news media...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

Statesman Backs Simpson, Labrador 

Fiscal health is the most urgent issue facing Congress. Not the only issue. But it’s close. And on this defining issue, incumbent Republican Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson are the clear choices. They are far stronger on deficit and debt issues than their Democratic...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

Statesman Won't Endorse For Prez 

The Statesman editorial board is in the midst of interviewing more than 70 candidates for federal, state and local office. Our paper plans to endorse in more than 40 elections. One exception will be the presidential race. This isn’t an unprecedented decision — our paper...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Edit: Craig Violated Donors' Trust 

On Monday — four years and 364 days after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport — Larry Craig became a defendant in a civil case. This time, the Federal Election Commission sued the former senator, his campaign committee and Kaye O’Riordan, his former campaign treasurer....

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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

Edit: Trapper Harms Hunter Image 

Josh Bransford, Idaho’s best-known wolf trapper, has violated no state laws, according to the Department of Fish and Game. But if that’s all Fish and Game will say for the record, it’s time someone filled in the blanks. Bransford is the kind of trapper who...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Statesman: Idaho Hits Legal Pothole 

After two years and $540,479 in taxpayer cost, the case of fired state transportation director Pam Lowe seems to be just getting started. And the start is sufficiently bad that, perhaps, the state ought to have second thoughts about its legal strategy. On Saturday, U.S....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2012

Edit: No To 2/3s Vote For Tax Hikes 

Idaho legislators can certainly come up with more than their share of home-grown and ill-conceived ideas. The last thing they need to do is import ideas from — egads! — California. Nevertheless, a group of lawmakers wants to bring a little bit of California into...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Statesman Unveils New Online Design 

On Tuesday morning, we’re unveiling a new design for IdahoStatesman.com — one we think makes our website better, easier to use, faster and less cluttered. We know change is hard, but we think this change is well worth doing and is overdue. Our users here...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Edit: Appleton Lived Life To Fullest 

Idaho Statesman editorial for Saturday: Micron Technology Inc. was unquestionably Steve Appleton’s company. “It was ruled by one guy,” former Micron employees and Boise semiconductor analyst Mike Howard said. For the years that have coincided closely with Appleton’s time and corporate climb at Micron, this...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Statesman: Otter Off, By $300 Million 

If you’re going to get your facts wrong, it’s a bad idea to botch things up on a complicated and controversial issue. Or to misspeak in front of a room full of reporters. Gov. Butch Otter violated both tenets last week. And this week, he...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Edit: Nothing Super About Committee 31 

Since the “supercommittee” superfailed to live up to its name, what should we call them now? How about the Do-Nothing Dozen? The sum of their work certainly adds up to zero. Twelve members of Congress — six House members and six senators, six Republicans and...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Edit: Media Should See Total Execution 11 

On Friday morning, the state of Idaho is scheduled to take a life in the name of its people — but largely beyond the view of its people. By restricting the news media’s access to a crucial step in the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

Edit: Budget-Cutting Pols Live Large 

Taxpayer-funded stretch limousines? Good luck explaining those away easily. But that’s the predicament facing state Treasurer Ron Crane, who holds the lowest-profile elected position in Idaho government. During his annual meetings with Wall Street ratings agencies — his most visible job obligation — Crane routinely...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Edit: NRA Brings Back Flawed Idea 16 

When it comes to safety on college campuses, whom do you believe?University officials and local law enforcement agencies — the people entrusted to keep the peace? Or the National Rifle Association, a special-interest group seeking to put Idaho into its win column? Earlier this year,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Statesman: Detour Past Legislature

The voter initiative law allows Idahoans to bypass a stubborn or unresponsive Legislature. When it comes to local-option sales taxes, those adjectives apply perfectly. Lawmakers have spent years finding new reasons and new justifications for saying no — because, evidently, they don’t trust local elected...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Statesman: Staff Bonuses Wrong 

The $94,633 in bonuses to legislative staffers isn’t enough to break the state budget. But these ill-timed, one-time payments are big enough to look bad. They leave the perception — accurate or not — that the policymakers are taking care of their own, while stiffing...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Edit: McGee Deserves Day In Court 

For a lawmaker who has long championed restrictions on texting while driving, citing the risk to public safety, McGee’s arrest seemed all the more out of character with his political persona. The 38-year-old McGee lands on the short list of top recent Idaho political scandals....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

TJR: Good Columnist, Good Guy

The Idaho Statesman in Boise and the paper’s readers said so long this weekend to long-time columnist/reporter Tim Woodward. As I get a little older, I tend to reflect more and more on such transitions and, as a result, I have a much greater appreciation...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Statesman: Voters To Get Last Word 

On Wednesday, the critics of the Students Come First education overhaul got what they wanted. And the plan’s stealth architect, State Superintendent Tom Luna, got what he deserved. Opponents said they have collected the 47,432 voter signatures necessary to put the three laws on the...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

Statesman's Woodward To Retire 

Cheers ... to Tim Woodward. It's hard to imagine, but after nearly 40 years as a columnist for the Idaho Statesman, Woodward is retiring June 1. If you want to sample one of Woodward's best pieces, read the column he wrote in March describing the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011

Edit: Legislature's Damaging Session

Many years, it is easy to criticize the Idaho Legislature for doing nothing. On the 88th and final day of the 2011 legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, addressed this perennial putdown head-on. “Anyone who claims we haven’t accomplished much wasn’t paying...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.