The Idaho Education Association, that stronghold of Democratic tricksters, has been "extremely effective in advancing its political and social agenda" over the past 15 years. This assessment may come as a surprise to the IEA, given the state's habitually abysmal ranking in teacher pay surveys, not to mention this year's $129 million cut in school funding. It was certainly news to me. My impression has been that the Republican-dominated Legislature barely tolerates the organization. But then I've only been covering Idaho politics for two years. David Ripley, a former Democratic political consultant turned pro-life lobbyist who made the above statement, has more than a quarter-century of experience/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.