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Eskridge: Session ‘tough, disappointing’

Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, has been at the center of the debate over energy this session, and he said it's been a difficult session. "It's been tough, and disappointing in some respects," said the sixth-term lawmaker. He said he has three major disappointments: How in the school reforms, "We've kind of inferred through the process that teachers are the problem with our education system," a concept with which he disagrees; the change in Idaho's primary election system, in which, he said, "I think the Republican Party has done itself a disservice by changing the open primary - I think we've disenfranchised independent voters;" and the way the wind and renewable energy debate degenerated into personal attacks, including two he said he endured from lobbyists.

"It's disappointing when a lobbyist does that kind of thing," Eskridge said. "You don't make personal attacks."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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