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C.L. “Butch” Otter has been a fixture of Idaho politics since 1973 when he was elected to his first term in the state House of Representatives.Otter was elected to his third-consecutive term as governor on Nov. 4, 2014. He was elected to his second term as Idaho governor on Nov. 2, 2010. Otter first became Idaho's governor on Nov. 7, 2006.Gov. Otter was at the helm during the peak of the Great Recession and it was his administration that oversaw the cutting of the state budget, record unemployment, and a boom in the number of people using government assistance.Otter spoke with StateImpact Idaho back in 2012 about that recession and its lasting impact on Idaho's workforce.Governor Otter: Every Generation Deals with Joblessness and We Live Through ItA Brief BiographyOtter, a Republican, is the longest serving lieutenant governor of Idaho, his tenure spanned from 1987-2000. In 2000 he was then elected to the United States Congress and served until 2006.According to the Washington Post, Otter voted with his party most of the time, 86 percent, but has been known to have an independent streak on some issues.“He was among three Republicans in the House to vote against the USA Patriot Act in 2001 and he later sponsored a bill to repeal parts of it. But independent streaks are sometimes tolerated in a state that would rather not be told what to do by the federal government.” - William Yardley, New York TimesOtter was born on May 3, 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho. He attended St. Teresa’s Academy in Boise and graduated from Boise Junior College (now Boise State University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1967.After college, Otter joined the Idaho National Guard and served in the 116th Armored Calvary until 1973.Butch Otter is married to his second wife, Lori. He has four children and several grandchildren.

Idaho Teachers Group Says School Boards Ignoring Voter Message


Idaho legislative education leaders brokered a meeting Wednesday between Idaho Education Association representatives and representatives from the Idaho School Boards Association. The groups are at odds over a set of bills the association of school boards has introduced.

Teachers’ union president Penni Cyr calls the bills deja vu because they contain provisions that were in the Students Come First laws voters rejected in November.  Cyr says it’s not up to the school boards association to decide what parts of the laws voters did or didn’t want.  She says voters said no to all of it.

“I think they also told us that the process was not the correct process,” Cyr says. “And that it needs to be an open, transparent process where everybody puts their heads together and comes up with what’s needed. And this didn’t happen this time.”

Cyr says yesterday’s meeting was the beginning of a conversation. But it’s a conversation, she thinks, that should have started before the bills were ever written. 

The parts of Students Come First the school boards association want lawmakers to restore include conducting contract negotiations in public meetings. They would also limit labor agreements to one year and set a deadline for collective bargaining. Under the proposal, if an agreement isn’t reached by that date, the school district would set the terms.

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