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From Benny’s Penny To Luna Laws

And you think the debate over the education reform measures was contentious. Read on. Referenda in 1936 and 2012 have been the only successful ones in Idaho history. In both years major legislation was repealed by the voters. Three other attempts failed. The 1936 referendum campaign targeted the 2-cent sales tax and the 2012 effort generally focused on education reform. Even though the subject matter of the two referenda efforts were quite different, there are a number of interesting similarities. Both were personalized. The 2-cent sales tax was mocked as a “penny for Benny” for Gov. C. Ben Ross, who championed the tax. In 2012, the education reform laws were often referred to as “Luna laws” for the primary sponsor of the legislation, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna/Jim Weatherby, special to Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you know much about Idaho history?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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