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Idaho Referendums Losing

Idaho's dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as  school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch Otter trailed at the polls at press time. The three measures, Propositions 1, 2 and 3, became the hottest election issue in Idaho this year, eclipsing even the presidential race - which was a foregone conclusion for Idaho's four electoral votes in the heavily GOP state that strongly favored Mitt Romney/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

504 of 967 precincts

Proposition 1

      YES   151,337     43.6%

      NO    195,910     56.4%

Proposition 2

       YES   148,787     42.8%

       NO    199,009     57.2%

Proposition 3

       YES   119,144     34.3%

       NO    228,364     65.7%

Question: How are Butch Otter, Tom Luna, Bob Nonini & John Goedde going to explain this slap in the face to the legislation they rushed through the 2011 Legislature in face of widespread opposition?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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