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Day after: The $100,000 story, school-reform signing, referendum launch

Here's a link to my full story in today's Spokesman-Review on how lawmakers rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party for its attorney fees in its successful lawsuit to overturn Idaho's open primary election system; that bill now awaits action by Gov. Butch Otter.

Meanwhile, Otter is scheduled to sign SB 1184, the third major school-reform bill that shifts resources from teacher salaries to technology boosts, online learning and and a teacher merit-pay plan, at 10:30 this morning, joined by state schools Supt. Tom Luna and legislative sponsors.

And a group called "Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform" has announced it'll launch a referendum drive to overturn 1184 an hour later; you can read their announcement here. Also, House Democrats will hold a press conference after the governor's bill-signing to discuss this year's legislative session.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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