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Prop 1,2,3 Supporters Catching Heat for Ad

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An ad promoting Idaho education reforms recycles a three-year-old speech, using it out of context to bash those trying to repeal the changes on Nov. 6. The advertisement played Monday on the Internet and Idaho radio stations uses an excerpt from a 2009 speech by National Education Association lawyer Bob Chanin. Chanin’s speech actually preceded Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s 2011 reforms by two years. The ad also doesn’t give the speech’s context — and could mislead people about Chanin’s message. In 2011, the same excerpt appeared in national political advertisements financed by a group led by Karl Rove, a former staffer for President George W. Bush’s administration, to link Democrats with unions. The pro-reform group behind the ad, Yes for Idaho Education, didn’t return a phone call.

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