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Otter defends his support of state health exchange

Gov. Butch Otter defended what appears to be a change of direction on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the federal health reforms of 2010, at the Capitol Thursday at the annual legislative preview. Otter, who has voiced his support … Continue reading

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Speaker Denney on elections: Otter’s surprise, his own 2012 plans and backing Mitt Romney (video)

(Note: This is part 3 of a five-installment interview with Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives.) House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, says he was surprised in early December when Gov. Butch Otter decided to run for … Continue reading

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Denney: 2012 session is about the budget, but not Occupy Boise (video)

(Note: This is part 2 of a five-installment interview with Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives.) Sometimes, it’s all about the money. So says House Speaker Lawerence Denney about the upcoming legislative session, who believes the … Continue reading

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Speaker Denney seems skeptical of fixes to pension-spiking and per diem changes (video)

(Note: This is part 1 of a five-installment interview with Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives.) Last year a number of lawmakers used their legislative positions to increase monetary gains for themselves. At least one lawmaker … Continue reading

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Feds give OK to online gambling, but it is not likely to happen in Idaho

In mid-December, while most of the country was preparing for the holidays, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly reversed its decision regarding the 1961 Wire Act. The DOJ says the act applies to online sports betting, but not … Continue reading

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Land Board does not back away in new plan from controversial investment practice

The Land Board, a five-member panel charged with managing the state’s endowment lands, has approved an investing practice that lead some to believe the government is hurting private businesses. At a December meeting, the board, consisting of Gov. Butch Otter, Superintendent … Continue reading

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Idaho lottery not likely to privatize according to executive director and one state representative

Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire has proposed looking into the idea of privatizing the state lottery system with the intention of possible bringing in more revenue for public schools and reducing state costs associated with overseeing its lottery. The challenge … Continue reading

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Taxpayer-backed Post Falls development project fails – for now

Sometimes investments work out and sometimes they don’t. The latter is true for Harry Green and his plans for a 33-acre parcel of land in Post Falls known as The Landings. Green, who 10 years ago announced intentions to build … Continue reading

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Officials struggle to define navigator role in health exchange

If the 2012 Legislature approves of creation of a state-based health exchange – an online portal for purchasing medical insurance – officials will have a number of decisions to make concerning its operation and funding. One decision is what role the … Continue reading

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Luna says he explained reforms prior to election, talks about anti-referendum push (video)

Note: This is part 5 of a five-installment series of interviews with Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. The series began Monday, Dec. 12. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna came under fire during the debate over his education … Continue reading

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