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Idahoans Rally On Ultrasound Abortion Bill

Mar 8, 2012

BOISE, ID –  Yesterday, Virginia joined 7 other states that require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion.  Another 12 states are considering similar bills, including Idaho.  Opponents and a few supporters of the bill rallied at the Idaho Capitol today.

About a hundred people rallied against the ultrasound requirement.   They held signs that read “Ultra Un-Sound!” and “Hands Off Our Uteri!”  Kendra Womack of Boise took part with her 7-month old son.

BOISE, ID – More than 40,000 people took part in Idaho’s first Republican presidential caucus.  Ada County’s caucus – the largest in the state – may have started late, but it ended after one round of voting.

Dozens of people showed up early to Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena. They waited in line, anxious for the doors to open.  For 67-year old Robert Austin, standing by the Republican Party is more important than who he’ll support initially.

 

BOISE, ID – The four major Republican presidential candidates will be on the ballot at Idaho’s first GOP caucus.  Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum.  But who will win?  Republican PartyExecutive Director Jonathan Parker thinks Idaho’s 32 delegates are up for grabs.

 

BOISE, ID –Republican party members are gathering at locations around the state this evening, for the 44 caucuses.  Once inside the caucus, Jonathan Parker, head of Idaho’s Republican Party, explains the process.

Jonathan Parker “If no candidate receives a simple majority after the first vote, we do another round of voting, where we drop off any candidate who receives 15 percent or less, or any candidate who’s in last place and we continue voting until one candidate receives a simple majority or two candidates split the vote evenly at 50 percent.”

 

BOISE, ID – Voters in ten states including Idaho choose their Republican presidential candidate tomorrow as part of Super Tuesday.  It’s “Super” because more than 400 delegates will be divided up.  Scott Ki reports on how Idaho’s GOP delegates stack up with other states.

 

BOISE, ID – Idaho Republicans are getting ready for Tuesday evening’s presidential caucus.  GOP leaders in each county run their own show.  Canyon County’s will be held at the Idaho Center.

Once inside the main doors of the Idaho Center, every voter checks in.  They must be registered as Republicans to participate.  They can do so on site.   Brandon Hixon is in charge of Canyon County’s GOP presidential caucus.  He says each participant gets a slip of paper that allows them one token for each round of voting.  This is how they’ll vote.

BOISE, ID – Idaho Republicans are getting ready for Tuesday evening’s presidential caucus.  GOP leaders in each county run their own show.  Canyon County’s will be held at the Idaho Center.

Once inside the main doors of the Idaho Center, every voter checks in.  They must be registered as Republicans to participate.  They can do so on site.   Brandon Hixon is in charge of Canyon County’s GOP presidential caucus.  He says each participant gets a slip of paper that allows them one token for each round of voting.  This is how they’ll vote.

BOISE, ID – Voters in ten states including Idaho choose their Republican presidential candidate tomorrow as part of Super Tuesday.  It’s “Super” because more than 400 delegates will be divided up.  Scott Ki reports on how Idaho’s GOP delegates stack up with other states.

GOP Caucus: Idaho Matters On Super Tuesday

Mar 2, 2012
Jonathan Parker

BOISE, Id –Idaho’s Republican Party holds its first presidential caucus Tuesday.  Party leaders decided to move from a May Primary to a Super Tuesday caucus last summer. At that time Idaho’s GOP executive director Jonathan Parker said the decision came because the party was tired of candidates stopping briefly in Idaho to raise some money then leave for other states.

Internet Sales Tax Bill Falls Short

Mar 1, 2012

BOISE, ID – State lawmakers  Wednesday stopped a bill to tax internet sales.  More than two hours of public testimony ended in a tie vote by members of Idaho’s House Revenue and Taxation Committee.  That means the bill will likely die.

Republican Representative Lenore Hardy Barrett of Custer County voted against the measure.  She said, “We need to cut out all of this kind of thing and work on cutting spending, cutting taxes, and downsizing government.”

Gov. Otter Picks McGee Replacement

Mar 1, 2012

BOISE, ID – Governor Butch Otter appointed Idaho’s newest Senator late Thursday.  Jim Rice replaces Republican State Senator John McGee.  McGee resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment by a legislative staffer.  GOP leaders in Canyon County nominated three candidates to replace him earlier this week.  Jim Rice topped the list.  He’s a Caldwell lawyer.  Others on the list were Brandon Hixon.  He chairs the Canyon County presidential caucus.  And Jarom Wagoner, an Ada County Highway District planner.

Copyright 2012 Boise State Public Radio.

 

BOISE, ID – Governor Butch Otter’s $5 million jobs plan got a boost Thursday.  A state Senate committee agreed to send IGEM to the full Senate for a vote.

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, or IGEM, is meant to bring companies, universities, and labs together to move research into the marketplace.  It’s based on a Utah program called USTARS.  But Governor Butch Otter says his office also looked at similar initiatives in Texas, Colorado, and Virginia.

Idaho Texting While Driving Ban Hits Snag

Feb 28, 2012

BOISE, ID – At least thirty five states ban texting while driving according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  Idaho lawmakers are working on a bill to join that list.  But the House Transportation Committee decided Tuesday to consider some changes.

BOISE, ID – National Park Service officials cleared out Occupy D.C. earlier this month.  Only a few tents stand there now as part of 24-hour vigils.  Camping, sleeping, and cooking are banned.  Something similar is unfolding in Idaho with Occupy Boise.

We introduced you to Occupy Boise member Mike Dooley earlier this month.  The 22-year old used to live in a homeless shelter, but found the protest movement more to his liking.  Now, Dooley spends his days at Occupy meetings and developing his photography skills.

Idaho Romney Backers Tout His Economic Plan

Feb 24, 2012

BOISE, ID – Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney outlined his economic plan today on the home turf of the Detroit Lions football team in Michigan.  In Idaho, Governor Butch Otter and U.S. Senator Jim Risch spoke by phone to support Romney’s plan.

Governor Butch Otter and U.S. Senator Jim Risch co-chair the Mitt Romney for President campaign in Idaho.  This is the second time this month they’ve arranged a phone call to tout his ideas.  They support Romney’s plan to jump-start the nation’s economy.  Senator Risch says it allows businesses to create more jobs.

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