“… the practice of spiking legislation has a long and cherished history in both bodies. It's part of a reasonably effective system of checks and balances. If lawmakers truly have a problem with how the system works, they might want to amend the rules, instead of playing games. I'm reminded of Aristotle's claim that if people just act virtuous, they'll eventually become virtuous. Perhaps the same is true of these good gentlemen: If they ever start acting like statesmen, maybe someday they'll become statesmen” — Reporter/columnist Bill Spence in today's Lewiston Tribune. More here. H/T: Kestrel West Morning Memo.
DFO: I might consider Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, to be a statesman but I'm still shaken by her ridiculous vote to rein in the citizen initiative/referendum process this year.
Question: Is there anyone in the Idaho Legislature you'd consider to be a statesman.