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Leadership races on tap tonight

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.

Amid GOP House leadership fight, campaign cash flowed

As Election Day approached, Moscow Republican House candidate Cindy Agidius noticed her campaign account filling with money from prominent GOP lawmakers, from districts hundreds of miles from hers in northcentral Idaho, AP reporter John Miller reports. House Speaker Lawerence Denney of Midvale chipped in $1,000 from an internal GOP account, while Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star gave $500. Cash from Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke of Oakley and Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa also went into her coffers.

“It was always interesting to see where the money came from, especially since I didn't ask for it,” Agidius, who won Nov. 6 by just 123 votes, told the AP. More than a show of support for a partisan colleague in a tight race, however, this election cash infusion for Agidius and dozens of other Republican candidates across Idaho underscores the tense internal House GOP fight now being waged for leadership posts; click below for Miller's full report previewing Wednesday's hotly contested House GOP leadership elections.

Hartgen: Wills challenging Moyle for majority leader, 3-way contests for 2 other House GOP posts

Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, offers this summary of House GOP leadership races on his Facebook page: “For speaker, Scott Bedke is running against Lawerence Denney. For majority leader, Rich Wills is running against Mike Moyle. For assistant majority leader, there are three candidates: Brent Crane, Lynn Luker and Jeff Thompson, and for House majority caucus chair, three candidates, myself, Christy Perry and John Vander Woude.”

Writes Hartgen, “As a veteran legislator now into my third term, I'm honored to represent District 24, Twin Falls. I hope to bring some Southern Idaho perspectives and concerns to our leadership group and to other legislators.”

Leadership contests in both parties and both houses will be decided in closed-door caucuses on Dec. 5, the evening before the Legislature's Dec. 6 organizational session.

Denney says he’ll ‘aggressively’ campaign for speaker despite Bedke challenge

House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, told Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey today that he's planning to “aggressively” campaign for another term as speaker - though popular Assistant majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, also is seeking the post. “The game is on,” Denney said. “We know the players.” The campaigning starts Sunday at the Legislature's North Idaho tour, which runs through Tuesday in Lewiston and Moscow and which nearly all lawmakers are expected to attend; you can read Popkey's full post here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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