Today, the Idaho Statesman newspaper endorsed Larry LaRocco for lieutenant governor, saying it liked the plan LaRocco outlined to use the lieutenant governor’s office to lead a fight against methamphetamine use and its effects throughout the state. Republican Jim Risch, the newspaper said, lists his priority as lieutenant governor as economic development, but we’ve already got a state department with a multimillion-dollar budget focused on that. Risch, of course, is governor right now – and one of his top priorities for his short term as the state’s chief exec, named at his inauguration, is fighting meth through the appointment of a statewide drug czar. Now, coincidence or no, Risch will hold a press conference today with drug czar Jim Tibbs to “issue a progress report on the first 90 days of operations” and have Tibbs present recommendations for a “recommended path forward.” Then, “Governor Risch will take action steps based on the report.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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