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Thu., Dec. 6, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

Richert: Lawmakers Fired Denney

We'll never know the numbers, or exactly how the caucus vote broke down. But this secret ballot represents a public repudiation of Denney. During six gaffe-packed years as speaker, Denney forgot his own admonishment. Time and time again, Denney brought embarrassment on himself, and his caucus. He went easy on Rep. Phil Hart, allowing the House's serial tax dodger to define the terms of his ethics "sanctions." After Rep. Eric Anderson had the gumption to file an ethics complaint against Hart, Denney conveniently forgot to assign Anderson a vice chairman's position he sought. Denney dumped two committee chairs because their voting records were too moderate for his liking. And just to top it off, Denney tried to fire redistricting commissioner Dolores Crow — deeming her too "RINO" despite a solidly conservative 24-year record in the House. Surely, other factors were part of the mix. But there's no sugar-coating the results. House Republicans fired Denney Wednesday night. And that's a reflection on job performance/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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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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