The Idaho House delivered Gov. Butch Otter the most significant legislative victory of his six years in office Wednesday, passing his bill establishing a state-run health insurance exchange. The 41-29 vote on House Bill 248 came after a two-year effort and seven hours of debate, and over fierce objections from the GOP's tea party and anti-abortion wings. Forty-six lawmakers spoke. The bill now moves to the Senate, where another long debate might follow. But after a 23-12 vote approving the Senate version in February, passage is likely. Critical to Otter's win was December's election of House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, which changed the balance of power in the House/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Does this major legislative victory by Gov. Butch Otter strengthen his possible bid for a third term?