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A Listening Idaho Legislator? Ahaha

Now ending its sixth week, the 2013 Idaho Legislature is shaping up as the "not listening tour." Who cares if 74,000 people - 56 percent more than required - signed petitions subjecting schools Superintendent Tom Luna's flawed school overhaul package to a referendum? The Farm Bureau says it's time to gut the initiative/referendum process - and it gets a bill introduced. Does it matter that 371,224 Idaho voters - or 57.1 percent - voted to repeal the Luna laws' assault on teachers' collective bargaining rights? Not to the Idaho School Board Association, which plowed right on ahead with measures re-enacting those laws. So why is anyone surprised that lawmakers seem poised to ignore owners of more than 1 million residential telephone numbers? That's the number of entries on the state's do-not-call list. You can't say that's 1 million Idahoans/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why should Idaho GOP legislators listen to the public when they can do anything they want during a session and still get re-elected simply by having their name on the ballot with an "R" after it?

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