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Of endorsements and JFAC…

Two Idaho news outlets have been fact-checking GOP schools superintendent candidate Sherri Ybarra’s claim in a televised debate this week that she has the backing of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Both found the claim false, documenting that just a few members of the 20-member panel have endorsed Ybarra.

Here are links to the reports from Idaho Reports co-host Melissa Davlin, who also explains the role of JFAC in the public school budget; and from Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin, who reports that Ybarra’s website lists endorsements from 16 of the state’s 105 legislators and two members of JFAC. The Ybarra campaign also sent Corbin an email claiming endorsements from five other JFAC members; that would still be just seven of the 20 members, and just seven of the panel’s 16 Republicans.


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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