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Fri., July 2, 2010, 3:15 p.m.

Durst Questions Hart Panel Make-Up

(Branden Durst, D-Boise), on his blog, said that he isn’t completely satisfied with the members Denney picked for the panel, particularly the Republicans lawmakers.  ... Durst was critical of the age, professions, political statures, and geography represented on the panel. Each of the Republican lawmakers – Rep. Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert, Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, Rep. Tom Loetscher, R-Iona, and Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg – serves as a committee chairman when the Idaho House is in session. That, Durst said, could lead to a decision based solely on politics. “This is significant because it means that all of the majority members on the panel are fiercely loyal to the Speaker. I am not saying this is going to have an impact, but I do believe it is worth noting”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Has House Speaker Lawerence Denney loaded the ethics panel inquiring into Rep. Phil Hart's tax problems w/his lieutenants to control the outcome?




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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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