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If You Lose At Polls, Silence Voters

When he wasn't busy torturing Richard Nixon, political prankster Dick Tuck ran for the California Legislature. He lost, but not before coining the quintessential concession line: "The people have spoken. The bastards." Tuck was joking. Some Idaho legislators are not. They seem to think Idaho voters don't know what's good for them. Case in point: Just 10 weeks ago, Idaho voters went to the polls and repealed the three signature acts of the 2011-2012 legislative term. Known as the Luna laws for their chief advocate, states schools Superintendent Tom Luna, these measures gutted teacher collective bargaining rights, imposed a rickety merit pay system and transferred assets from the classroom to purveyors of laptop computers and online instruction/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Which lobbyist-inspired proposal do you think is worse -- this one, which would make the citizen initiative process harder? Or the attempt by former legislator Jim Clark to allow more telemarketing in Idaho?

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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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