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Mon., March 3, 2014, 9:12 a.m.

Another Otter Crony In The News

Once again high officials in the administration of Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter have been caught misrepresenting facts and manipulating data in order to present a less than honest picture to the people of Idaho. It is intentional, done with malice aforethought and it is deplorable as it is deceitful. It is the latest issue in the long-playing saga surrounding the questionable award of a lucrative contract five years ago to Qwest, now Century Link, the telecommunications giant and a contributor to Otter, even though their bid was not the low bid. From e-mails produced in the subsequent lawsuit by the low-bidder, Syringa - which reportedly includes in its principals members of former Gov. John V. Evans' family - it was clear to Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones that the then-head of the Department of Administration, "First Bud" Mike Gwartney, had predetermined that Qwest would win. Justice Jones denounced this fix in scathing language/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: I'm beginning to think the state Sen. Russ Fulcher might be a better option than Butch Otter in the gubernatorial primary simply because (wait for it) -- he's not good ol' boy Butch Otter. Thoughts?




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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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