Dec. 8, 2017: What to Know 

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  • click to enlarge - Rep. Paulette Jordan has announced her candidacy for governor. -  - JEREMY LANNINGHAM
    • Jeremy Lanningham
    • Rep. Paulette Jordan has announced her candidacy for governor.
    Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) has announced she is running for governor, the Associated Press reports. The two-term representative will face A.J. Balukoff in the democratic primary, who ran unopposed in the democratic primary in the 2014 race for governor. A two-term representative and member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, she is the only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Legislature. Announcing her candidacy, she said, "Service is an inherent value in my family, from my ancestors on down to my sons, and they will carry on that tradition forward in their lives." A Democrat hasn't won the governorship since 1990, when Cecil Andrus won his fourth nonconsecutive term.

  • In September, a former Idaho State Controller's Office employee alleged she had been sexually and racially harassed at work by the former chief of staff of the agency, Dan Goicoechea, and that the harassment had knowingly been allowed to continue by State Controller Brandon Woolf. In an agreement announced Thursday, the State Controller's Office has settled with the former employee, the AP reports. The settlement includes a $83,000 cash payment and a requirement that Goicoechea not be rehired by the office, which has not admitted to any liability in the case.

  • A Los Angeles Times investigation has uncovered a secret list of approximately 300 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies with histories of tampering with evidence, dishonesty and other misconduct. In an atmosphere of growing scrutiny and mistrust of police, Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to hand the list over to prosecutors, who must tell defendants about information that could call into question an officer's credibility as a witness. The move is opposed by the powerful police officers union representing McDonnell's deputies. A legal dispute has begun over the issue, and the California Supreme Court will likely make a decision next year.

  • The Professional Standards Commission has suspended the administrator certificate of Sage International School founder Don Keller, Idaho Ed News reports. According to the commission, Keller misused public money, violated Idaho law and manipulated state reports. According to the PSC, Keller hired improperly certified people to teach, improperly filed state reports to hide his activities, failed to properly report instructional hours and bought alcohol with school funds. His administrator certificate has been suspended for two years, but he did not lose his teaching certificate, and is employed as a science teacher at West Junior High School. In early 2016, Sage placed Keller on administrative leave after it received news of the complaints against him, and hired an attorney to investigate the claims. Keller resigned from his position at Sage.

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