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When Coeur d’Alene contractor and former state lawmaker Dean Haagenson served on Idaho’s redistricting commission a decade ago, he got telephone threats, threats against his business and more. Haagenson was among those offering advice as Idaho’s new redistricting commissioners started their 90-day task on Tuesday.
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions to place the measures on the ballot hit the 65,000 mark – nearly 20,000 more than the number required. “That’s the people’s right – that’s what being part of a republic is all about,” Otter said. He added, “We’re going to do our level best to make sure that the correct information gets out.”