Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political upset. The ouster, which happened during closed-door legislative caucus elections, marked the first time in three decades that a top Idaho legislative leader has been deposed by his own party.
Bedke, a seventh-term state reprsentative and a rancher, didn't differ much with Denney on issues; both are conservative Republicans. But Denney's bare-knuckle style has increasingly grated on his large majority caucus in recent years, culminating in May's primary election, when he funneled party leadership PAC funds - donated by caucus members - into efforts to defeat several GOP incumbents. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.