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Calling It In


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter made a relatively gaffe-free appearance on Idaho Public Television Sunday night, entertaining questions from callers and host Jim Peck for about an hour.

Our favorite answer? He's ready to ban cell phones while driving.

When asked by a caller about the subject, he replied that when he's motoring in to work in the early morning hours from his ranch in Star, one of the things that bugs him the most is getting behind a driver with a cell phone glued to his or her ear.

"I would fight to outlaw any kind of distraction from the very serious job of driving," Otter said. Cell phones in cars are "especially an irritation to me."

As reported in The Spokesman-Review, the governor covered a variety of issues, including privatizing liquor sales, property tax relief, illegal immigration, hunting wolves and nuclear power plants in Idaho.

The governor's appearance was a popular one. While only roughly a dozen callers were able to ask the governor questions, IPTV representative Bruce Reichert told The Spokesman-Review that 3,785 citizens called in, making the show one of the top three call-in programs the station has done in the last decade.