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Harsh words bring April flowers

I have to credit snoopy Dan Popkey for this one. The Idaho Statesman political columnist spotted Rep. Bob Schaefer, R-Nampa, leaving the House chamber with this lovely spring bouquet of flowers - the same day that Schaefer was quoted on the front page of the Boise newspaper calling the governor "a petulant cry baby" over his vetoes of eight House bills to force consideration of his highway bill. "He's behaving like a spoiled child," Schaefer told the newspaper.

When Popkey asked who sent the flowers, Schaefer was glad to tell: The cheery flower arrangement had just arrived for him in the House anonymously, with a note saying, "Thanks for saying it like it is!"

Schaefer said he's glad someone agrees with him. "I think there's room for accord here, but you don't just go willy-nilly vetoing pieces of legislation," he said.

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