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Eye on Boise: Idaho’s first lady mending from surgery

BOISE – Idaho first lady Lori Otter is recovering from successful shoulder surgery after an injury suffered while calf-roping last month. Gov. Butch Otter reported this past week that the surgery, while successful, was more extensive than expected. It was performed on Monday, and afterward he reported that the procedure was successful and the first lady was recovering.

Eye on Boise: Sens. Crapo, Risch to host online town halls

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, have scheduled “tele-town hall” meetings in the coming week. Risch’s will be on Monday, and Crapo’s on Wednesday, both starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Any Idahoan can participate but needs to sign up online in advance.

Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized

BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him and whispered, “If you have any questions, you can ask me.” The House was debating one of 11 bills that would trim the powers of urban renewal agencies in the state, a hot political issue in Idaho’s 2011 legislative session. Makrush said he’d written all of them.

Journalist Louise Shadduck helped transform Idaho

Louise Shadduck was a well-known Coeur d’Alene author and longtime journalist, but when she died in 2008, her pastor at First Presbyterian Church was stunned when he walked into the church to conduct her funeral. “The church was full of plainclothes cops,” Mike Bullard recalled, and the front three rows were filled with current and past governors and top state officials. “They’d chartered a plane,” the now-retired pastor said.

Idaho Democrat Shirley Ringo to run for U.S. House

Longtime Idaho state Rep. Shirley Ringo, a Democrat from Moscow, announced Monday that she’ll try to unseat second-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador in 2014. Labrador, a high-profile tea party favorite, said last week he’ll run for a third term in Congress representing Idaho’s 1st District rather than run for governor. Labrador said speculation to that effect had gotten out of hand.