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Jeers to Lame Duck
Governor "Butch" Otter

by Marty Trillhaase
Lewiston Tribune, October 12, 2018

Graphic: Snake River Steelhead have triggered the Early Warning Indicator of the Federal Columbia River Power System's 2014 Supplemental Biological Opinion JEERS ... to Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

He just locked the state into another four years of going along with the Bonneville Power Administration's fish recovery policies.

Essentially, it continues Otter's decade-long agreement under which Idaho would accept BPA's millions in exchange for not challenging the agency in court.

Whether you support the lower Snake River dams or believe plummeting stocks of salmon and steelhead warrant a more confrontational tone, this much is beyond dispute:

Otter won't be governor these next four years.

He's out the door in about 10 weeks. Why is he preventing his would-be successors - Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little or Democrat Paulette Jordan - from forging their own course? If Otter's so sure he knows best, why didn't he run for re-election?

Marty Trillhaase
Jeers to Lame Duck Governor "Butch" Otter
Lewiston Tribune, October 12, 2018

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