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Otter Picks Rodeo Over Trade Mission

Gov. Butch Otter, who canceled his leadership of a trade mission to Brazil and Mexico, will instead attend the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this week. Otter says growing Idaho's economy is his highest priority. His "Project 60" effort aims to boost the gross state product to $60 billion a year. The figure was $55.4 billion in 2010. Otter's spokesman, Jon Hanian, said Monday that Otter will be at the rodeo from Wednesday to Saturday, joined by his wife, Lori. The couple are paying their expenses and Otter "usually attends this event every year," Hanian said. Hanian declined to say why Otter canceled his participation in the trade mission/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here.

Question: Is a disengaged Butch Otter a good thing or a bad thing?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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