Eight years after House Democrats opened their caucuses – while majority Republican caucuses remained closed – they held a closed caucus Tuesday on fuel taxes, barring Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey from entry. The Dems had asked for a five-minute recess during the fuel tax debate in the House, went into a room off the House floor, and closed the door. Popkey reported that he knocked on the door, Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, answered, and he asked, “Is this caucus open?” “No,” she replied, shutting the door. House Minority Caucus Chairman Bill Killen, D-Boise, later apologized to Popkey and said Democrats haven’t changed their policy and their caucuses officially remain open. You can read Popkey’s full story here in today’s Idaho Statesman.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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