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Mon., May 5, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

Fulcher Rips Otter’s ‘Phony Numbers’

Gov. Butch Otter greets Ben Widmyer and his mother, Marie, in downtown Coeur d'Alene earlier today. Marie, of course, is a downtown business woman who is married to Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is throwing cold water on Gov. Butch Otter's announcement Thursday that he was "thrilled" to report Idaho's gross domestic product reached $60 billion in the final quarter of 2013. Otter's math is off by $7 billion, says Fulcher, Otter's principal challenger in the May 20 primary. In a Friday news release, Fulcher says Otter is "using phony numbers to claim 'mission accomplished' on Project 60, when that's not really the case." I asked Otter's campaign manager, Jayson Ronk, for comment Friday morning but hadn't heard back as of Monday morning. Absent a reply, here's a look at how the pair see the numbers/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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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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