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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
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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