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Tue., May 5, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

‘It’s better than not’

Senate and House GOP leaders return to the Capitol Annex from a Tuesday afternoon meeting with Gov. Butch Otter, at which no agreement was reached, but the lawmakers said they're all
Senate and House GOP leaders return to the Capitol Annex from a Tuesday afternoon meeting with Gov. Butch Otter, at which no agreement was reached, but the lawmakers said they're all "communicating." (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

House and Senate GOP leaders emerged from their meeting with the governor just now looking somewhat encouraged, but reporting nothing more than vague "progress." House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, said, "We discussed several things - nothing ready for prime time yet, though. ... We will be talking to our caucuses." The House GOP already had scheduled a caucus for tomorrow. Asked when he thought Idaho's legislative session might end, Denney said, "It won't be today - maybe tomorrow." Senate GOP Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, said, "Well, my personal opinion is not this week." And Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, asked what came out of the meeting, said, "Nothing came out, but we're communicating, trying to explore common areas of interest. It's better than not communicating."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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