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Idaho Dems issue second correction in two weeks

The Idaho Democratic Party has issued its second correction in two weeks, this time correcting a guest opinion it distributed earlier today from party Chairman Larry Grant that said proceeds from former Congressman Bill Sali's proposed special license plate "would go to Sali's recently formed non-profit foundation of which he, his wife and his nephew are paid employees." The Dems have corrected the opinion to say instead that the three are the "sole members of the board of directors."

This follows a scathing news release on Feb. 2, based on a state audit that raised questions about accounting practices in the office of State Treasurer Ron Crane, in which the Dems charged that Crane "was living the high-life using state funds to pay for ... whitewater rafting trips." Actually, there was no mention in the audit of whitewater rafting trips, nor have there been any reports that the state treasurer's office has funded or held them.

In a correction, the Dems said a staffer misread "rating," as in annual bond rating trips, as "rafting," leading to the error. "Through all the edits that it went through ... somebody made the original mistake of writing 'rafting,' and then somebody had turned it into 'whitewater rafting,'" explained Idaho Democratic Party spokeswoman Sally Boynton Brown. "I apologize. ... It certainly is embarrassing for it to happen. ... We're going to have to obviously re-look at our process, because apparently some of the people we have on our team are not rechecking their facts."

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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