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'If you need to whack a mule...'

Nine-term Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, tells a House committee to introduce her measure calling for getting wolf delisting back on track. Amid laughter, Barrett threatened to fire a pencil or toss her shoe at representatives if they didn't agree to introduce the measure; the vote to introduce it was unanimous. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Nine-term Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, tells a House committee to introduce her measure calling for getting wolf delisting back on track. Amid laughter, Barrett threatened to fire a pencil or toss her shoe at representatives if they didn't agree to introduce the measure; the vote to introduce it was unanimous. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett, R-Challis, had this to say today as she pitched a memorial about wolf delisting to the House Resources Committee: "If you need to whack a mule across the head with a 2-by-4 to get his attention, and all you have in your tiny, tiny toolbox is a foam-rubber shoe insert, the mule probably won't get the message." That message, she said, is that Idaho is "fed up with ... federal foot-dragging." Her proposed joint memorial, a non-binding message that lawmakers would send to Congress, the president and the Interior secretary, asks the feds to get wolf delisting back on track. "Idaho has dotted all of its i's, crossed all its t's and jumped through every hoop conceived by the mind of man," Barrett declared. The panel voted unanimously to introduce the measure.




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