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Trib Cheers Award For Phil Batt

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives cheers to ...

 ... CHEERS ... to former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt. The godfather of Idaho's human rights law received the Idaho human rights lifetime achievement award Tuesday. And, in character, Batt broke with members of his own Republican Party by calling on lawmakers to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Lawmakers repeatedly have refused to change the law, leading seven Idaho cities, including Moscow, to enact their own human rights ordinances. "The Idaho Legislature showed up with the biggest stupidity, last time, regarding to add the words 'sexual orientation' to the human rights statute," Batt said. "They accomplished absolutely nothing by it, except to be made to look like fools. "A person, a homosexual, who can't rent a room or get a job because of his orientation - (that) doesn't make any sense to anybody," Batt said. "Why some of the politicians are not more sensitive to that - more sensible, I should say than that - beats me." More here.

Question: Who was a better governor -- Phil Batt of Cecil Andrus?


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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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