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Leadership races on tap tonight

In this April 21, 2009 file photo, House Assistant GOP Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, answers questions during a House GOP Leadership news conference at the Capitol Annex in Boise, Idaho; at left is Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Shawn Raecke)
In this April 21, 2009 file photo, House Assistant GOP Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, answers questions during a House GOP Leadership news conference at the Capitol Annex in Boise, Idaho; at left is Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Shawn Raecke)

Both the majority and minority parties, in both houses of the Idaho Legislature, will hold closed-door caucuses tonight to elect leaders. The highest-profile matchup is the one between House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, for the speaker's post. Bedke is shown here at right in this AP file photo; Denney is at left. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, faces a challenge from Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry; and there are three-way races for the other two open House GOP leadership posts. Democrats in the House have two leadership posts to fill with the retirements of Reps. Elfreda Higgins and Brian Cronin; Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, is unopposed.

Also unopposed to continue in leadership is Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, but the Senate GOP has contests for its other leadership posts, including a challenge of Majority Leader Bart Davis by fellow Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer. Senate Dems will be electing a new minority leader, with the retirement of former Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello. I'll post the results here as they become available.




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