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Eynon Stumps For Votes In Kellogg

John Eynon of Grangeville met with supporters and some curious voters Sunday The Piazza Palace in Kellogg to discuss his candidacy for Idaho's State Superintendent for Public Instruction. Eynon has a degree in music education and has taught school for 15 years.  As a retired Navy commander,  Eynon says he has learned management skills he believes will prove useful if elected. Eynon started the meeting with prayer and ended with a slogan he uses at every Lincoln Day event.  “Please, common sense, not Common Core.” Eynon appears to be a supporter of state Sen. Russ Fulcher's run for governor. He told the audience: “I am going to toot the horn of Mr. Russ Fulcher. Remember that name.” (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Does Eynon interest you?

Mitchell Assails ‘Senator No’ Risch

U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell said today he’s not surprised Jim Risch is touting his dubious achievement as the most obstructionist senator in Washington. “He’s running away from his record,” Mitchell said. “Risch has turned into ‘Senator No,’ and his negativism is hurting Idaho,” Mitchell said. “When he votes against funding for INL, against protecting women from violence, against payments to Idaho’s rural counties, he’s voting against Idahoans.” “Jim Risch wants to run as the anti-everything candidate because he has a dismal record of working for Idaho,” Mitchell said. “It’s no wonder he says it doesn’t matter if he’s on the job or not, because when you vote the way he does, it really doesn’t”/Dean Ferguson, Idaho Democratic Party. More here.

Question: Do you prefer politicians who vote against things most of the time?

Otter Told Luna To Hold Off Decision

Hours before Tom Luna made his surprise announcement that he would not seek re-election, Gov. Butch Otter placed a pre-dawn phone call asking the schools chief to hold off. State Superintendent Tom Luna, left, announces his decision not to run for re-election on Jan. 27. Luna is joined by (left, to right) his wife Cindy, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill and Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde. “He wanted to know if I had really thought it through,” Luna said. “The governor didn’t say, ‘I want to talk you out of this.’ What he said is, ‘Can we take more time to discuss this?’” The night before, on Sunday, Luna called Otter and key lawmakers to tell them he would step down when his term ends. After staying up most of the night thinking about it, Otter wasn’t sure if Luna was making the right move/Clark Corbin, IdahoED News. More here. (AP file photo: Luna announces decision not to seek re-election)

Question: Butch was ready to back Luna, despite all the controversy, the wifi snafu, and the rejection of Students Come First laws? Really?

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