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Ex-Otter Aide: Luna Ignored Guv

Republican Clete Edmunson left the Legislature in 2007 to become Gov. Butch Otter's point man on education and transportation and spent 3 1/2 years in the Otter administration. In a guest opinion submitted Friday, Edmunson says he was present when Otter told Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna that Luna should vet his reform ideas with teachers, parents, administrators and school board members. "I distinctly remember the Governor telling Tom that he needed to get the stakeholders on board because it not only affected their livelihood; it was the right thing to do," Edmunson wrote. Instead, Luna surprised lawmakers and education stakeholders in January 2011 with his "Students Come First" laws. Otter, however, forcefully backed the plan and signed three bills despite overwhelming public testimony in opposition/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think Otter is finally throwing Luna under the bus?




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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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