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Manning: IEN the whore of the Albertson Foundation

Travis Manning, director of the Common Sense Democracy Foundation, sent Hucks Online the following in response to an op-ed piece by Branden Durst:

Sen. Branden Durst’s recent op-ed critiquing Superintendent Luna’s “end around” the Idaho legislature, and his subsequent analysis of GOP political genealogy, has merit, especially as it relates to a newly minted news organization called Idaho Education News (IEN).

Funded by The Albertson Foundation, IEN started seven months ago in order to advance the school privatization agenda of Chairman Joe Scott.  They bought the Boise State University name, where IEN is housed, simply by donating millions of dollars.  Strategically, Albertson hired away established reporters Kevin Richert, Jennifer Swindell and Clark Corbin to do its messaging work, under the auspices of their new identity.  Albertson uses the B.S.U. trademark as a PR gimmick to expedite credibility within Idaho. 

Albertson and IEN blur the arena of ethical journalism, which situation is different from Boise State’s relationship with National Public Radio, where Boise State Public Radio, an NPR affiliate, is housed.  In this case, NPR is an already-established news entity with decades-long experience and an international reputation for quality and unbiased reporting.  IEN is far from achieving NPR’s status.

More below. Thoughts?

Durst: Luna Getting Ready To Bail

“And now, Luna has signed a multiyear contract with ENA to provide wireless internet in Idaho high schools, despite not having the legislative authority to do so and ENA clearly not having the best bid. Luna has also appointed Quarles, his longtime ally to become Deputy Superintendent. But the other shoe is yet to drop. Despite recent reports to the contrary, the fact is that Luna has already informed key State Department of Education staff he has no plans to seek re-election. Instead of running Luna will likely be hired by ENA or K12 to attempt to push the same policies to other unsuspecting GOP dominated statehouses and Quarles will no doubt run to replace Luna and continue the duping of Idahoans. The picture is becoming clearer by the day, I just hope we wake up and see it before it is too late”/Idaho Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise. More here.

Question: What do you think of Sen. Durst's scenario, predicting Superintendent Tom Luna will be hired by ENA or K12 and his deputy superintendent/ally will take his place?

Durst: Crapo, Risch Demagoguing

On his Facebook wall, state Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, posts (re: Crapo, Risch oppose closing debate on immigration reform):  “US Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have demagogued the immigration issue to death. All this despite the clear evidence that in a state like Idaho, immigration reform isn't just a nice to have, its a need. Tell them that they need to stop posturing and finally demonstrate some leadership by supporting immigration reform today.”

Question: Do Sens. Risch and Crapo represent your stand on immigration reform?

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