Update: Senate confirms Ruthie Johnson on party line vote/Eye On Boise
Senate Democrats opposed reconfirming northern Idaho Republican Ruthie Johnson of Hayden Lake to the nine-member Commission on Human Rights after she said employers should be able to fire workers for wearing clothing meant for the opposite sex. Seven Democrats Thursday opposed Johnson, with 28 Republicans favoring her reappointment. Debate lasted about an hour. ... Minority Leader Kate Kelly, from Boise, contends Johnson's views aren't expansive enough to merit another three-year term. At her confirmation hearing last Friday, the 85-year-old Johnson was asked if gays should be protected from workplace discrimination. She responded, "If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them," according to meeting minutes/AP.
Question: Should Kootenai County Repub Ruthie Johnson be reappointed to the Idaho Commission on Human Rights?