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Otter Hurt Politically By Hurlock Vote

C.L. (Butch) Otter lost more than a confirmation battle the day the Idaho Senate rejected his appointment of Joan Hurlock to the Fish and Game Commission. He lost political capital. He became a weaker governor. Chosen last summer to represent the Magic Valley region, the Buhl woman lost on a 19-16 Senate vote. But this was not simply another of the hundreds of appointments Otter selects. At Fish and Game, the State Tax Commission, the Idaho Transportation Board and the State Board of Education, the governor picks the board. The board then hires the administrators, sets policy and allocates the money. These top-tier slots are extensions of Otter's cabinet. To deny a governor his choice is almost unheard of/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune that Gov. Butch Otter lost political capital when the Senate rejected F&G nominee Joan Hurlock?


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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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