In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase offers Jeers to Gov. Butch Otter:
If you entertained any doubts Idaho's millionaire chief executive floats through life in a mink-lined bubble, consider his comments to the Idaho Press Club Tuesday. Idaho's emerging anti-gay reputation, he said, isn't hurting the state."I can't point to one company that I've visited with that said, 'If you don't do this' or even suggested that was a problem," Otter said. Business doesn't mind if Idaho's sclerotic GOP-controlled Legislature hasn't got time to even consider extending the same civil rights protections to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people state law now affords to everyone else. They don't care if that same bunch of callous politicians is receptive to expanding the legal protections of those who would discriminate against the LGBT community - even in the seven Idaho cities that have passed their own human rights ordinances. All they want are tax breaks. Who is Otter talking to? Full column here.