In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune jeers Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene:
If anybody deserved a public flogging as he entered Idaho's upper legislative chamber, it was Nonini. In the eight years he inhabited the House, Nonini embodied its worst traits — arrogance, rigid ideology and factionalism. In a stunning display of chutzpah, Nonini decided he knew best who should join him in the Senate. Through his political action committee, Nonini funneled cash into the campaigns of right-wing primary challengers to Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, and Sen. John Tippets, R-Bennington. All three survived. So a trip to the woodshed was expected. But Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, and Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, were more forgiving. Instead of sweeping the floors of the Capitol basement for the next two years, Nonini will be spending his time on three committees — Agricultural Affairs, Education and Transportation. The Great Nonini lives on. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.