Idaho Legislature

Speaker of the House Scott Bedke (R) goes over agenda items January at the Capitol in Boise.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter played principal on Thursday in remarks summing up the recently wrapped legislative session.

To lawmakers on their plan to raise teacher salaries and boost education spending 7.4 percent, he awarded an ‘A’ grade.

For their half-baked $95 million transportation plan, Otter gave lawmakers a “B-minus or C-plus.”

Children who screw up have to go to summer school, and that may be the case for lawmakers this year. After botching what should have been a routine bill to protect the state’s child support system, lawmakers could be headed back to Boise for a special session to save the system from collapse.

Perhaps Principal Otter should have awarded an “incomplete.”

We’ll let you decide.

We asked Magic Valley lawmakers to submit a 300-word final exam summing up what they did well and where they could have improved. The unedited responses appear here today.

Read up, and then head to, where each lawmaker’s response includes a poll where you can award a grade and post a comment explaining your marks.

Unfortunately, a handful of area lawmakers chose not to turn in their final exams, despite some nagging from us. Sen. Lee Heider, Rep. Steven Miller, Rep. Fred Wood and House Speaker Scott Bedke missed a chance to explain their performance to you, the voters. We expect you’ll grade them accordingly.

We’ll average your grades and share each lawmaker’s GPA — as well as a few of the best reader comments — on this page next week.

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