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Wed., July 7, 2010, 1:25 p.m.

Denney Defends Ethic Panel Picks

(House Speaker Lawerence Denney, pictured) thinks Durst should check with House rules before releasing critical comments.  ”I want to set the record straight,” said Denney.  ”House rules dictate that I must choose from committee chairmen.”  Durst said the professional makeup of the panel, consisting of three ranchers or farmers, was also a concern.  He said that Denney should have looked to Republicans Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, or Lynn Luker, R-Boise, to serve because of their past work experience in the legal fields.  Denney pointed to the House rule that prevented those two men from serving.  ”While Smith and Luker would have been very good choices, neither is a committee chairman”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Are you OK with House Speaker Denney's explanation of his choices for the House Ethics Committee that's investigating Rep. Phil Hart's tax problems?

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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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