Hill Says Governor Running Out Clock

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Superintendent Cindy Hill -- Courtesy Photo
Superintendent Cindy Hill -- Courtesy Photo

The state superintendent says the governor is trying to keep her case in litigation so she'll remain out of the department head chair, right up until her term runs out. She talked about the situation this week on our news talk show, Public Pulse. Here's Leslie Stratmoen with the story.

State Superintendent Cindy Hill remains baffled as to why Gov. Matt Mead continues to bar her from running the state education department, after the Supreme Court ruled that the bill passed last year stripping her of power is unconstitutional. Basically, she said, the Supreme Court judge said he's tired of dealing with this case, so made the ruling and sent the case back to the district court encouraging the governor to resolve the issue with no further ado. She gave the update on Thursday morning's news talk show Public Pulse, at times, reading from the Supreme Court document.

She went on to say she was touched by the emphatic response.

But, the fact remains, she said, the case continues and she's no closer to getting back in the saddle then she was more than a month ago, when the ruling was passed down.

She said she did learn something interesting, though, during this most recent court proceeding.

She said the governor and his camp just need to do, as she put it, “the right thing,” and move on. The Supreme Court has made it very clear, she said, about no more delays. But already, she knows, the decision will be delayed for weeks because there will be hearings and briefings, followed by a 30-day appeal.

Not only are they abusing the system, she said, but the governor thinks he's above the constitution. It's disappointing, she said, but she'll continue to do anything and everything to defend the constitution and do the work the people elected her to do.

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