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‘It isn’t us’

The fact that the Washington Farm Bureau is a main sponsor of that state’s regulatory takings initiative has sparked rumors that the Idaho Farm Bureau has something to do with Idaho’s Proposition 2 – but the farm bureau says the rumors are false.

“That rumor’s been heard,” said John Thompson, director of information for the Idaho Farm Bureau. “We supported the eminent domain legislation that the Legislature passed last year, and we didn’t hear an outcry from our members during our resolutions process. … And so … we don’t have a position.” Thompson noted that the regulatory takings idea has “caused a lot of litigation in Oregon, I understand.”

“We just didn’t hear anything about it from our members, so we haven’t taken a position on it,” Thompson said. “We’re keeping kind of a low profile on this.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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