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Back behind closed doors

The majority of the Senate has retreated behind closed doors for a Republican caucus. Asked the topic, Senate GOP Caucus Chairman Brad Little said, “About being good boys and girls – civility.” But it’s a good bet that more than politeness will come up, as the Senate sits in the midst of a battle between the governor and the House that has extended the legislative session and raised questions about the outcome of major legislation, from water to highway construction.

Little fiddled with a tape recorder that a conference committee had left on the table, as the senators filed in, and assured Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes that he’d unplugged it every which way he could find. Geddes took a seat right in front of the tape recorder, grinned and ate a piece of candy. Other senators noticed me taking a photo, and chuckled about how that portion of the caucus meeting apparently was open. The door soon closed, though.

Meanwhile, the House majority also is planning to retreat behind closed doors for a caucus meeting.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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