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Mon., April 1, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Dems ‘In Play’ in 2013 Legislature

Forget FDR's "Happy Days are Here Again" and Bill Clinton's "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow." Nearing the end of the best session in years for Idaho's legislative Democrats, their new anthem is Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." A center-right divide in the Idaho GOP has made minority votes pivotal on key issues, including the signature accomplishment for Republican Gov. Butch Otter, the state-run online insurance marketplace he signed into law Thursday. "This is a 50-percent-plus-one business," said leading lobbyist Pat Sullivan, a former aide to iconic Republican U.S. Sen. Jim McClure. "Look at the health care vote: 12-vote margin. How many Democrats? Thirteen. On the health care exchange, the Democrats were on the side of business"/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you expect Idaho Democrats to bounce back if Republicans continue to be influenced by their fringe members?

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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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