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Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. Mike Lanza, a Boise father of two who chaired the successful referendum campaign, said, “We want to sit down with our elected leaders – and that includes Superintendent (Tom) Luna – and begin the hard work that is required to forge real education reform.”

Obama, Boehner look to compromise

WASHINGTON – One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending cuts and tax increases that threaten to plunge the economy back into recession. Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: “Of course” an agreement is possible.

Marijuana initiative creates opportunity, questions

Despite what the Bob Marley posters might suggest, John Kim’s family business is all about tobacco. Cigars and hookahs. Cigarettes and lighters. Pipes shaped like dolphins, horses and motorcycles, ranging in price from $5 to $500.

Same-sex marriage backers celebrate

With ballot counts continuing around Washington, supporters of same-sex marriage claimed victory Wednesday, saying their projections convince them Referendum 74 will pass. While they collected congratulations from the measure’s chief backers in the state Capitol, opponents said they weren’t ready to concede that Washington would join the small but growing list of states that allow same-sex marriage.

Republicans wonder where party is headed

WASHINGTON – Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Republicans plunged Wednesday into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether their party needs serious change or just some minor tweaks. The fallout will help determine whether the GOP might return to heights approximating the Ronald Reagan years or, as some fear, suffer even deeper losses as the nation’s Democratic-leaning Hispanics increase in number.

WV student vote on par with election

The results of the West Valley School District’s mock election are in, and they largely match the results of the general election. The junior classes at West Valley High School, the RiverCity Academy and Spokane Valley High School wrote election guides so students at every school in the district could participate. Elementary students only voted in the presidential election.

Lawmaker addresses fiscal cliff

With Americans electing a divided government, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her position on compromising over scheduled tax increases before the end of the year. Echoing comments made by House Speaker John Boehner, McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she is open to pursuing a solution to the so-called “fiscal cliff” before the end of the year and believes “everything needs to be on the table” in those discussions. The scheduled tax increases and massive budget cuts that comprise the cliff were hotly debated in the election, with President Barack Obama and most Democrats arguing that tax increases should be limited to those earning more than $200,000 a year. Republicans, including McMorris Rodgers, had argued they would block any plan that raised taxes on anyone.

Idaho school reform foes call for new start

After Idaho voters decisively rejected the "Students Come First" school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, with all the stakeholders at the table.