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Mon., Nov. 12, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

SR: Idaho Right To Slam Propositions

Propositions 1, 2 and 3 failed spectacularly Tuesday. Well done, Idaho voters. Maybe it was sticker shock. A potential $180 million bill for computers was far above the 2011 estimates of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, who in promoting his Children Come First school reform package had suggested $60 million to $70 million over five years. The deal with vendor Hewlett-Packard Co. was for eight years. And there was the effort to keep concealed the names of donors who kicked $230,000 into the campaign to pass the propositions. It smelled bad, looked bad when the role of Gov. Butch Otter in soliciting the money was revealed, and was ultimately futile. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden saw to it that Idaho’s disclosure law was upheld, a credit to them both. But, really, the laws were doomed from conception/SR Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you think Superintendent Tom Luna, Gov. Butch Otter & GOP legislative leaders will try to pass some form of the Luna Laws during the 2013 Legislature?

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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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