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Governor inaugurated, on to session…

Here's a link to my full story at on Gov. Butch Otter's second inauguration today, which came amid hoopla, booming cannons and an A-10 jet flyover on the state Capitol steps. Otter pledged to turn the emergency measures the state has taken to cope with a huge economic downturn into “standard operating practices” for his administration, as he started his second four-year term leading the state. You can read the full text of the governor's speech here.

Otter: ‘I’ve already had my tussle’

Gov. Butch Otter, who made a point of criticizing the reach and growth of the federal government throughout his inaugural speech today, also made a reference before he began to his own run-ins with the EPA regarding Clean Water Act violations at his ranch in Star. After military cannons boomed out a 19-gun salute, belching smoke in a spectacular display that was topped when, between the last two booms, four A-10 jets flew over in formation, Otter said, “I hoped, as I watched that cannon being fired over there, that (state DEQ chief) Toni Hardesty didn't show up with some sort of an air violation.” Amid laughter, he said, “But if she does, general, it's yours - I've already had my tussle with those folks.”

Handful of protesters…

A handful of protesters held signs at the back of the crowd at today's inauguration; most of them were family members of Pro-Life, the frequent election candidate who changed his name to the slogan and today held a large sign saying, “Abortion is murder.”  His family members offered such messages as “Unjust war is murder” and others objecting to Chinese corporations. A Caldwell woman held two protest signs saying, “Recall Otter Now” and “Free Trade is Marxist.”

Officials sworn in, one sets record

Here, Gov. Butch Otter waves to the crowd after taking the oath of office for his second term. He and all the state constitutional officers took oaths today administered by the chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. One of them, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, set a record by doing so - he's now the longest-serving Attorney General in the history of Idaho. Wasden is starting his third term.

Otter in inaugural address: Emergency cuts should become ‘standard operating’

In his second inaugural address, Gov. Butch Otter had this message: The steps Idaho has taken to cope with an unprecedented economic downturn are going to become the new normal and “standard operating practices” for his administration. “Over the next four years you can expect my administration to keep building partnerships for addressing some of our most pressing challenges, to keep clearing the way for entrepreneurs to create more career opportunities and to keep protecting our Idaho way of life,” the governor said. “You will see that what started as emergency measures taken in response to the great rec'ession's impact on Idaho become standard operating practices of our state government, permament changes in how we have done business, aimed at leaving a smaller, better defined and more constructive imprint on our people's lives.”

Stage set for inauguration today

The stage is set, the 25th Army Band is playing, and a giant American flag has been strung up on the front of the state capitol for today's inaugural festivities. At noon Boise time, Idaho's 46th inauguration will begin. Gov. Butch Otter and all other state constitutional officers will take the oath of office, administered by Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Eismann, and Otter will give his second inaugural address.

‘I, C.L. Butch Otter, solemnly swear…’

In a brief ceremony before a small audience of family, close friends and some staffers, Gov. Butch Otter took the oath of office today for his second term. The oath was administered by U.S. District Judge Ed Lodge, left; at right is First Lady Lori Otter. Among the onlookers was Otter's mother, Regina Otter. “I appreciate all of my family being here, my extended family and some of my staff,” Otter said after taking the oath. “Thank you very much. This is a great day for me and Miss Lori, and for our family and the state of Idaho. So thank you all so much for coming.”

Incidentally, in the formal oath, Otter used both his initials, which stand for Clement Leroy, and the nickname by which he's known, so it sounded like this: “I, C.L. Butch Otter, solemnly swear…” Today's ceremony will be followed up by the formal inauguration ceremony and inaugural address on the steps of the state Capitol on Friday at noon; the public is invited. There's also the formal public Inaugural Ball on Saturday at 8 p.m., for which tickets are on sale at $20 apiece.

Those are the nonpartisan inaugural events. In addition, Otter's campaign will be hosting additional events; a committee chaired by three prominent lobbyists is drumming up sponsorships for those. On Friday at 10 a.m., an inaugural mass and prayer service will be held at St. John's Cathedral, 775 N. 8th St.; the public is welcome and there is no charge. On Friday night, the governor and first lady will host a gala concert at the Knitting Factory with country singer Jo Dee Messina; tickets are $35. On Saturday, they'll host a formal dinner at the Stueckle Sky Center at BSU from 4-7 p.m. with tickets costing $500 per person and also including admittance to the Inaugural Ball and the “Black Tie and Boots Ball,” which will be later that same evening at BSU's Jordan Ballroom and feature music from the Kelly Hughes Band. Tickets for the “Black Tie and Boots Ball” alone are $30 a head. There's more info at the governor's campaign website,

Tickets go on sale today for Inaugural Ball, the public, self-funding one

Tickets go on sale today for the Inaugural Ball, a once-every-four-years public event that celebrates the inauguration of the new governor and includes a “grand procession” of elected officials in the state capitol. This affair is separate from the pricey political events also typically held in conjunction with inaugurals; this one is for the public, and anyone can go for the price of a $20 ticket.

The ball will be Satuday Jan. 8th, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the grand procession of statewide elected officers, legislators and distinguished guests beginning at 8. It’s a dressy, family-friendly event with punch and cookies, dancing to the music of the 25th Army Band from the Idaho National Guard, and lots of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on hand, doing everything from helping with coat check and serving refreshments to getting the first dances with the first lady and governor. Tickets are on sale at the Welcome Center in the garden level of the state capitol, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays. They also can be purchased online here.

State law charges the Idaho National Guard’s adjutant general with administering the ball, which is funded entirely through ticket sales. The adjutant general also oversees the public inauguration ceremony for the governor and constitutional officers, which is set for Jan. 7 at noon on the capitol steps.

A new president is inaugurated

A few legislators and Capitol Annex staffers gathered around a small, scratchy TV in the fifth-floor library to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration as the next president of the United States. At one point, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey pointed and said, “There’s Jim Risch!” Risch, Idaho’s newest U.S. senator, was visible on the screen not far behind the new president. “Today I say to you that the challenges we have are real, they are serious and they are many,” Obama said. “They will be met,” he said to cheers. “We have chosen hope over fear … unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” He declared “a new era of responsibility.”

One Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, is absent from the Legislature today to attend the inauguration. Even the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which has Medicaid budget hearings running all morning today, scheduled its morning break for 10 a.m. Boise time, so people could see a bit of the inaugural on TV. Fifteen minutes later, however, the committee came back into session. Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, apologized. “Other places may be able to stop working but we don’t get to,” he said, and the panel delved back into the Medicaid budget.

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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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