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Rosa Parks Stood Up To … Feds?

In yesterday’s seven-hour House debate over the state health insurance exchange bill, House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, flubbed a historical allusion, building his debate around an argument that Rosa Parks stood up to the federal government, reports Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey.  “One little lady got tired of the federal government telling her what to do,” Crane declared, saying, “We need to have our Rosa Parks moment.” Actually, Parks was defying a municipal code when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

More Eye on Boise posts from today:

Question: Seems strange to me that an Idaho legislator would use a signature moment in the civil rights fight to illustrate an argument against a state-run health exchange. What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.