Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Semanko: Idaho Is Next Battleground After Wisc. Recall Fails

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

In the wake of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's success in pushing back against a recall vote, the outgoing chairman of the Idaho GOP wasted no time in calling Idaho Republicans to mobilize against voter ballot questions that will play out this November in the Gem State.

"Dear Idaho Republican," read an open letter by Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko, printed in newspapers across Idaho on Tuesday. "Idaho will become the next battleground."

In particular, Semanko referred to this November's referendums on the so-called "Students Come First" education reform laws, crafted by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. Opponents gathered enough signatures to put the package of reforms before voters this election Day. But Semanko said that "Idaho's teachers union has already hired a big-labor, union-boss from back East" to help overturn the Luna laws.

"We must defend our state from union control," wrote Semanko.

But opponents insist that the laws are destined to create larger class sizes, teacher layoffs and unfunded technology mandates.

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