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They’re both ready to move against meth

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.”


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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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