As follow up to my two last posts, Gov Otter didn't appoint Clive Strong to the Supreme Court. He appointed Warren Jones, an insurance defense lawyer. Of the four, I guess he'd be the most pro-business, which seems to fit with Otter's general philosophy.
Next Supreme Court Justice? The applicants aren't in, but I'd give it high odds that whoever is it will be female. White female, most likely, since there are so few minority females practicing law in Idaho. Whiteaho.
Regarding my post about government budgets increasing with all the tax revenue, the Ada County Commissioners have a Readers Opinion in the Statesman. They point out that they are limited by state law to a 3% increase per year, and seem to say that they'll simply reduce the levy to keep within the limit. Thus, even if your Ada County property was assessed 20% higher than last year, you would not see that much increase.