Leave it to Idaho Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, to spill the beans. When it came to last week's Senate vote to open northern Idaho's highways to city-block-long, double-trailer trucks weighing 12 tons more than the current legal limit, Nonini made it clear who has his ear. “On one side of the scales we have government entities, and for the most part they're in opposition,” Nonini said. “On the other side we have industry, and they're supporting this. As I weigh those comments, tipping the scales towards government or industry, my scale tips toward industry. We need to help them.” The people Nonini discounts answer to voters. They listen to taxpayers.They're county commissioners, highway district officials and city leaders. They know what roads and bridges cost. They have more than a vague sense of what 129,000 pounds will do to bridges and road surfaces/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.