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Optional Form Of County Government An Option

The ongoing feud between the Ada Commishes and Treasurer prompted the GUARDIAN to look to the Idaho statutes and constitution for some guidance. The Idaho constitution provides for “optional forms of county government” with approval of the voters.  BINGO! It is entirely within the realm of possibility the Commishes have considered  combining the elected office […]

Supremes Rule For GBAD In Frazier Case

The Idaho Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling Thursday said language in a financing contract between the Greater Boise Auditorium District, Capital City Devbelopment (CCDC) Wells Fargo Bank and the Gardner Development Company complies with the constitution whether it is a lease or a purchase. GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier responded to the District’s petition […]

All Bets Off For Idaho Horseless Racing

The Idaho Supreme Court Thursday issued an order compelling Secretary of State Lawrence Denny to certify the Idaho Legislature’s repeal of the so-called “instant racing” law which permitted the use of what most people recognize as slot machines. What this means is Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the repeal was invalid due to late filing […]

Political Birds Feather Their Own Nests

We often have a feeling of helplessness when it comes to Idaho politicians. As a group they resent the citizens and work hard at limiting any “power to the people.” For example, only the legislature can change the retirement system and they are the prime beneficiaries. “Forgettaboutit.” To recall an elected official in Idaho it […]

Ed Super Wants Rules For Candidates Stricter Than President or Governor

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s Superintendent of Education, has announced plans to make it more difficult to run for her elected office than it is to run for Governor, President, Congress, or be appointed to the Supreme Court of the U.S. She is offering up legislation that would change the rules of candidacy. The qualifications bill would […]

Ada County To Sever Ties To CCDC

Most folks are unaware that Boise City’s urban renewal agency owns the Ada County Courthouse through a convoluted “lease” agreement which was used to deny voters the right to approve or reject the debt. Capital City Development Corp (CCDC) financed the courthouse, but now the current Commishes are aiming to pay off the thinly disguised […]

Horseless Racing Repeal Veto Challenged In Supreme Court

The Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe has challenged Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a law passed to repeal the slot machine gambling at Idaho race tracks during the last session. It sounds convoluted at best, but legislators during the 2015 session voted overwhelmingly to repeal a 2013 approval of so-called “instant racing, or historic video racing.” […]

Free Speech Back On City Social Media

Mike Murphy isn’t a quiet kinda guy. He will let you know how he feels right off the bat, just like he did on a Boise Police Facebook page a couple of years ago when he was critical of a copper. The issue — which dealt with Murphy’s treatment as a taxi driver — is […]

Ada Commishes Jockey For Horseless Racing Veto

All three Ada Commishes signed onto a full page ad in the Wednesday Statesman calling for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of horseless racing on slot machines at the County-owned Les Bois Park and two other locations in Idaho. The legislature approved something called “instant racing or historical racing” in 2013. The practice […]

Horseless Racing At The Finish Line

Only a last minute gallop in the form of a gubernatorial veto will save Idaho’s horseless racing from being pulled off the track. The Idaho House voted by more than two to one odds (49-21) to repeal the so-called instant racing currently being conducted on slot machines at three Idaho facilities. The bill earlier passed […]

Court Denies GBAD Plan…Again

For the second time in seven months a Fourth District Judge has denied the Greater Boise Auditorium District permission to go around the voters to finance expansion. The action was brought by GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier. Article VIII, Sec. 3 of the Idaho Constitution requires local governments to seek permission of voters to go […]

Witness Describes Bounty Hunter Shooting

This story comes from the Idaho Falls Post Register By AUBREY WIEBER Post Register Witnesses say they heard six shots fired. What started out as six bail bondsmen acting as bounty hunters trying to locate Philip Miles Clay turned deadly Sunday as at least one of the bail bondsmen opened fire in the parking lot […]

Idaho Bondsman Authority Vague

Following a fatal shooting in Eastern Idaho of a man wanted for contempt of court in Ada County last Saturday by a bondsman/bounty hunter, the GUARDIAN began a search for authority, law, policy, and common practices of bail bondsmen (and women). We have sought information from sheriffs, deputy Attorney General, prosecutors, a District Court administrator, […]

Councilor Jordan To Hold Dual Offices

“Power corrupts. However absolute power is really good if you hold it.” –anon. Boise City Councilor Maryanne Jordan was appointed to the Idaho Senate Friday by Gov. Butch Otter to fill the seat vacated by Elliot Werk when he resigned last month to take a tax commission seat. Jordan has told reporters she plans to […]

ACHD Says “Amen” To Prayers

After a flood of protests from staffers and citizens about establishing a policy of prayer at the beginning of Ada County Highway District meetings, it looks like it will be a final “Amen,” before the first head was bowed or the first eye closed. A moment of silence will suffice. Director Bruce Wong sent out […]

Idaho Senate To Open With Hindu Prayer

Looks like the Ada County Highway District isn’t the only governmental body making headlines based on religious prayer to open meetings. With its history of accepting free trips to Turkey from the Islamic-based Gulen Society, it is no surprise the Idaho Senate is set to open its Tuesday session with a Hindu Mantra–according to a […]

Open Eyed Talk Of ACHD Prayers

The GUARDIAN welcomes all views and will provide equal space to anyone wishing to offer a guest opinion on this topic. By Sara Baker, ACHD Commissioner When a handful of residents living on Sunset Rim Drive came to ACHD and testified against a proposed Holiday Inn Express, ACHD Commissioners Hansen, Goldthorpe and Woods listened and […]

ACHD To Consider Opening With Prayer

At the Feb. 25 Ada County Highway District meeting, commishes will consider the Boise City “Hockey Puck” parking meter issue and a proposed resolution to offer local “religious leaders” a chance to perform an invocation prayer to open their deliberations. The hockey pucks are old news–Boise wants to embed devices in the pavement to erase […]

Horseless Racing Headed For Finish Line?

It looks like the thinly disguised slot machines touted as “historic racing” are headed for the finish line after a legislative panel voted 8 to 1 Wednesday to send to the floor a bill repealing the law allowing “instant racing.” Complaints from Idaho Indian Tribes which host casino gambling prompted the legislature to look into […]

Good News, Bad News

Mostly to allow for some intelligent comments, we offer the following items which transpired in the past day or two. —HORSELESS RACING appears to be reaching the finish line as legislators and legacy media point out the deceptions used to get a 2013 bill passed which allowed slot machines disguised as “instant racing machines.” The […]

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