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Edit: Idaho Escapes Indiana’s Fate

For the sake of argument, imagine the governor defending his state's attempt to permit discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people wasn't Indiana's Mike Pence. What if the governor who unsuccessfully evaded a half-dozen of "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos' questions about the law was Idaho's C.L. (Butch) Otter? Rather than 10 national conventions threatening to withdraw from Indianapolis in protest over the law, suppose they were canceling conclaves in Boise, Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Lewiston? How about the CEOs of Apple and Nike expressing dismay about the Gem State? Or instead of Indiana-based firms such as Eli Lilly, Angie's List and Cummins clamoring to get Pence and the Legislature to repair the damage, Idaho's corporate hierarchy - Micron, Simplot, Clearwater Paper, CenturyLink and Idaho Power - were putting the screws to Otter and the GOP? It's not that hard to imagine. In fact, it almost happened/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Can you picture Idaho in Indiana's shows re: its approach to anti-discrimination laws?




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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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