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Popkey: Barrett Lets ‘Er Rip

Barrett was once detained at the Boise airport for carrying a derringer in her luggage and is renowned for pungent quotes skewering what she views as an overreaching government. “I wish I’d kept a notebook and written all those down,” said House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. An example from earlier in the week: Former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, who now lobbies for Boise State, was introducing his new intern, Christy Perry, to legislators. Barrett gave Perry a useful thumbnail: “I don’t spin and I don’t raise taxes!” Barrett chairs the House Local Government Committee and is beginning her ninth two-year term/Dan Popkey, Idaho statesman. More here.

Question: Who is the most colorful lawmaker that you’ve known?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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