While Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's website is encouraging Idahoans to sign a pro-insurance exchange petition, the Idaho Freedom Foundation has put up its own anti-exchange petition.

Idaho Freedom Foundation executive director Wayne Hoffman said the petition is in direct response to the governor's. The foundation put up the petition at 1:30 p.m.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, about 10 hours after its set-up, Otter's petition had 464 signatures. The Idaho Freedom Foundation's site doesn't list how many signatures its petition has, but Hoffman said it had about 200 signatures as of 4:30 p.m., three hours after it had gone online.

"Right now the responses are quite robust," Hoffman said. "We'll continue to have it up as long as it appears it's attracting attention and it's helping Idahoans have their voices heard."

After I spoke to Hoffman, I heard that a handful of pranksters posted online that they planned to put fake signatures on the Freedom Foundation's petition. (Think along the lines of Ben Dover. I'd elaborate, but my mother and boss both read this blog.)

Hoffman said of his 200 signatures, about 5 or 6 were phony. He then pointed out many who signed the governor's petition were either "bureaucrats or lobbyists paid to promote the exchange." Among the signers on the governor's petition: Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry director Alex LaBeau, Otter's press secretary Jon Hanian, Idaho Department of Insurance director Bill Deal, and Otter himself.

Both the governor and Hoffman plan to forward their petitions to lawmakers.


UPDATE: My mother just informed me that I am, in fact, related to a man named Ben Dover. My grandmother's maiden name is Dover, so it's plausible. 

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