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HuffPo Features Goedde Ayn Rand Bill

In this SR file photo by Betsy Russell, Chairman John Goedde listens to testimony before his Senate Education Committee.

State Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, has made the Huffington Post with his legislation that would require public school students to read Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged.” A HuffPo article, entitled, “Students pushed to read Tea Party book,” provides background from a story written by SR colleague Betsy Russell, adding this:

“Goedde's legislation comes as Republican lawmakers across the country have been tinkering with school curriculums and sending similar messages to state school leaders. In Missouri, lawmakers have taken up legislation which would require all first graders in the state to learn gun safety. The bill would require the use of a National Rifle Association curriculum, which includes cartoons, to teach students what to do when they find a loaded gun. In Tennessee, lawmakers are considering a bill to ban the teaching of gay marriage in the schools.”

Question: Do you think Sen. Goedde considers himself to be a member of the local Tea Party?

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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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