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Spin Control

What’s in a name (besides confusion)

As Boise bureau chief Betsy Russell reports at Eye on Boise, Idaho is about to have a new law that could add parenthetical information to the ballot.

Candidates who have changed their names, as one Senate hopeful who goes by the name of Pro-Life has done, will now be followed on the ballot with (a person formerly known as...).

The only real question is, in the interests of full disclosure to voters, why stop there?

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.