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Kenck: Otter Leads Idaho To Bottom

Gov. Otter is desperate to make us forget what has happened to Idaho’s schools and Idaho’s economy under his watch. To a crowd at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the governor declared that Idaho’s economy “is in great shape.” A few days later, this headline came out in Idaho’s largest newspaper, “Idaho Wages Lose Ground in 2012.” The first line painted a bleak picture: “Already among the lowest-paying states, Idaho wages fell even further behind in 2012, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.” We are now 46th in the nation for average wages. This should surprise no one — especially the governor. He already knew that Idaho leads the U.S. in the percentage of workers who earn minimum wage/Larry Kenck, chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: How much blame should be put on Gov. Butch Otter for Idaho's low wages and poorly funded education system?

Idaho D’s Have Candidates Awaiting

Democrats have three or four potential candidates for governor, and another three or four people looking at a run for superintendent of public instruction, state party chairman Larry Kenck says. “I am really amazed and excited,” Kenck told Idaho Education News on Tuesday. “It’s going to be a very good election season.” But if you want names, you’re going to have to wait for some other day. Last week, Kenck called out Gov. Butch Otter and state superintendent Tom Luna, saying the Republican incumbents have “embraced a sink-or-swim approach to education”/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

DFO: As you know, Duane Rasmussen does a superb job producing photos for HBO, including many of Republican events. I doubt that Duane, the good conservative that he is, can bring himself to cover Democratic events. Yet, I'd like to get photos from Democratic events, if anyone is willing to provide good ones for me.

Question: Who would be a good Democratic candidate for governor? Superintendent of schools?

Kenck Rips Idaho GOP Ed Policies

In his latest post on The EDge, Kevin Richert writes of criticism by Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck, of Post Falls, for Republicans re: issue of education funding:

Kenck mocked Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, who recently suggested that family size is a factor in Idaho’s next-to-last ranking in per-pupil school spending. Wrote Kenck: “Luna was elected to be the captain of our education system. Remember last year when the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef and sunk off Tuscany’s coast? That captain abandoned ship while his passengers remained on board desperate for help. Sometimes you just get a bad captain.” Full post here.

Question: Will detrimental education policies and funding ever snag the Idaho Republican Party?

Dems Push Idaho Medicaid Expansion

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck says Republicans in the Legislature are scared  to take up Medicaid expansion bills because they fear “blowback from their ‘return to the gold standard’ faction.” With Friday’s hoped-for adjournment dashed by Wednesday’s Senate defeat of the K-12 budget, Kenck urges citizens to pressure lawmakers over the weekend to reconsider and agree to take up two bills that a state-commissioned study estimates would save property taxpayers $478 million over 10 years. The expansion would add federally subsidized health insurance for about 100,000 low-income Idahoans, lifting the burden from county taxpayers. Delaying six months beyond Jan. 1, 2014, will cost taxpayers an estimated $41 million, according to Gov. Butch Otter’s Medicaid Expansion Workgroup/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are Republican legislators too afraid to take up an issue that will help the state's poor but alienate the noisy Fringe Right in their party?

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