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On Again Off Again Bieter Staffer Back

Exhibiting the precise type of behavior that lost him the Boise Mayor’s race, Mayor Dave Bieter rehired a campaign staffer into a city job the day after his failed election bid. BOISEDEV reports that Amber Pence served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs until June of this year. As of December 4th, she is back in […]

McLean Wins By near SUPER MAJORITY

POLITICAL COMMENTARY By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor Boise City Council President Lauren McLean is now “Mayor-elect” after trouncing incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter in the Tuesday special runoff election. The win was a foregone conclusion for most savvy observers, fueled by a deep seated “Bieter fatigue” among the electorate. Bieter was able to garner only 30% […]

Non-Partisan Mayor Race Turns Right

When we got our Friday mail at the Boise GUARDIAN world headquarters it was a bit of a shock and a bigger amusement to see Donald Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN” David H. Leroy supporting Dave Bieter in what has jokingly been called a “non-partisan” mayor race. Leroy is a fixture in Republican politics […]

Government Sponsored Growth Fans Tax Hikes

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ada County’s property tax notices have come out. Any way you care to spin it, growthophobes who have lived here for any length of time are funding the growth to benefit the mortgage lenders, developers, contractors, planners, consultants, etc. Growth is costly and does NOT pay for itself. There are […]

Incumbent Politicos Favor North End, Ignore Bench In Rezone Attempt

Mr. Wiebe’s post illustrates the current administration’s bias favoring developers and those who profit from growth as well as obvious disrespect for Boise Bench residents when it comes to planning and advice on a zoning ordinance update. GUEST OPINION By Henry Wiebe, Vista Neighborhood Assoc. Pres. Last Thursday, as the Vista Neighborhood Assoc. President, at […]

The Joys (and benefits) Of Incumbency

The GUARDIAN got slammed Thursday with requests to “start a thread” on the brilliant move by Mayor Dave Bieter’s handlers to start a PODCAST on the city website to give hizzoner some exposure during the runoff campaign. After 16 years in office, this is his first podcast. As we have often said, Team Dave and […]

Mobile Phone Law Should Be For All

If driving with a cell phone in your face is like having a six-pack under your belt, would you send a copper out on patrol with six beers in him? A proposed Ada County ordinance would prohibit SOME drivers from using cell phones while driving, but there would also be exemptions for coppers and other […]

Links To Mayor Runoff Race

KTVB Channel 7 has video of the City Club CANDIDATE FORUM with Lauren McLean and Dave Bieter. Bill Manny does a pretty good job moderating the questions from the audience as well. Don Day at BOISEDEV did a nice interview with incumbent Dave Bieter. Bieter refused to say if he would repeat his letter in […]

Nearly 70% Vote Against Bieter

Tuesday’s local election results had incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter failing to garner even one-third of the votes as city council president Lauren McLean came in with more than 45% of the votes cast among the seven candidates. According to city ordinance, a run off election will be held December 3, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving […]

Local Media (Un)Covers City Election

Local media is full of stories today (Wednesday) about the local election. And folks, it ain’t a pretty picture. BSU RADIO has a story of a fund raising member of Team Dave mixing city work with campaign work. Hayley Harding at the STATESMAN details some of the big spenders in the mayor and council elections–few […]

Where Boise Candidates Live

EDITOR NOTE–We feel it is important to know where those who seek to represent us and spend our taxes may live within the city. As a concession to privacy, we omitted exact addresses in the list provided by GUARDIAN reader Steve Hulme. There has been some discussion, particularly in the City Council campaigning, regarding the […]

Bieter Targeted By Foes As Mayor Race Intensifies

The GUARDIAN: has been inundated with biting comments on the Boise Mayor’s race today. Our limerick-loving Anonymous poet offers this ditty: If what some coppers say is true Then crime in Boise has grew Now there is talk Of extending the Basque Block Will it be safe for me and ewe? Don Day at BOISEDEV […]

No Talk Zone For Meridian Coppers

The new MERIDIAN city ordinance banning CELLPHONE use while driving will apply to coppers despite an exemption in the law. Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey told the GUARDIAN, “Using the phone while driving can be as bad or worse than driving with a six-pack under your belt.” He went on to say the new ordinance […]

Eagle May Have Violated Idaho Constitution

Tommy Simmons at the IDAHOPRESS posted a front page story today detailing what appears to be an illegal land purchase on the part of the Eagle City Council and Mayor. In short, they agreed to make installment payments in excess of a single year’s revenue without citizen approval. GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier has spent well […]

Politics Prompts Poetic Piece

A well publicized confrontation at a recent forum for Boise Mayoral candidates prompted our contributing poet, Mr. Anonymous, to put pen to paper. The Mayoral Candidates all sat in a row Then Bieter put on quite a show He took so many moments To attack his opponents That he sounded like General Franc-O

Political Payoffs Perpetuate

We couldn’t help but note the various financial ironies in the Monday news reports about local elections. BSU RADIO reported that of 11 candidates running for city council in Twin Falls, seven raised no campaign funds and the highest fund recipient among the other four raised $900. Meanwhile in Boise we noted several candidates were […]

Press Release Creates Multiple Questions In Police Shooting Of Woman

This press release from Boise PD raises a bunch of questions with its cryptic description of an officer-involved-shooting Sunday morning. FROM BOISE PD– Shortly after 6:00 this morning, officers were dispatched to a “subject at the door” call in the 900 block of Clover St. The calling party reported a female was acting suspiciously and […]

Boise Copper Charged With Rape

This disturbing and terse press release from Boise Police today: “Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Boise Police officer today following an investigation into an off-duty incident. The officer, Eric Simunich, is charged with one count of felony rape and was booked into the Ada County Jail. Per Boise Police Department protocol, the officer has […]

BoiseDev Has Great Candidate Info

There is really no point in trying to offer up the same news as BoiseDev. Don Day is a dedicated and unbiased journalist who has worked to provide voters with info on local candidates in the Nov. 5 municipal elections. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, take a read at BOISEDEV. You are […]

Bike Park Costs Mount?

This came in from a GUARDIAN reader today on the bike park near Ft. Boise… Was I the only person in Council chambers during the Bike Skills Park “hearing” who heard Parks Director Doug Holloway, in response to concerns about hidden costs of a “public” park being developed for an Albertson Foundation Board member who […]

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