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BOISE - Of the few political upsets in Idaho's May primary election, perhaps none other has the biggest influence to challenge the state's education reform effort than the loss of the Senate Education Committee chairman.

In a surprising defeat, state Sen. John Goedde, a Republican from Coeur d'Alene, lost his legislative seat in the primary election after serving 14 years in the Idaho Statehouse. As the Senate Education Committee chairman, Goedde was one of the few lawmakers to have the authority to determine which bills got a hearing and which bills should be ignored.

That seat is now open and whoever is appointed to fill it will have a critical role in implementing or hindering education reform in Idaho.

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