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Sat., Dec. 3, 2005, 9:20 a.m.

Bill McC Catches Idaho Officials in Hypocrisy

re: "A New York company is suing Idaho after posting the best bid to manage the Gem's State's massive road construction program only to lose the contract to a Boise firm with strong Republican political ties here -- Huckleberries Best of the Northwest, No. 4, Friday.

In the Saturday Spokesman Review there's an article headlined: Contract dispute mars highway plan. It's a follow-on to the story noted above. There's some irony, no, hypocrisy, noted later in today's story. Here are two paragraphs:

"'The Legislature would, for the most part, prefer to see contracts with Idaho companies that have a significant employment base in the state,' said Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston. 'I don't think that's an unreasonable or illogical assumption.' "

Three grafs later: "The state Transportation Department has hired a Los Angeles law firm to defend it against Parsons Brinckerhoff's challenge."

Idaho's highway builders are good enough for Idahoans but its attorneys are not?

Bill McCrory

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.