The Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey analyzed Gov. Butch Otter's schedule for the past three years, and found that since his landslide re-election, the governor is spending significantly less time in the office - with 27 percent fewer appointments, 33 percent less official travel, and a 28 percent increase in vacation or personal days, to 41 days in 2010. Popkey suggested Otter is “dialing back,” noting that he typically now doesn't show up at the office Mondays, instead working from home. The governor had no comment, despite repeated requests from the newspaper; his spokesman, Jon Hanian, wouldn't comment on Otter’s workload but did not dispute the findings. You can read Popkey's full report here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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