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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, 9:46 A.M.

Trillhaase: Denney Protects Denney

Idaho always has tolerated an element of good old boy politics. Its lawmakers self-policed themselves. But at least when the political parties were more balanced, a natural tension kept legislators honest. The good old boys also operated under a honor system. In the Senate, a ethics review essentially ousted former Sen. Jack Noble, R-Kuna, who tried to promote a bill to profit himself. In the House, former Speaker Bruce Newcomb, R-Burley, once called an ethics probe on himself. Political balance no longer exists. The good old boys are gone. So is their political culture that held itself to an ethical standard. The sooner Idahoans realize that, the sooner they'll give the job of enforcing ethics to somebody else/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is it time for ethical GOP lawmakers -- if there are any of them with a backbone -- to band together to remove Lawerence Denney from his role as House Speaker?

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