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Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:08 a.m.

Tribune: Why so quiet?

In his Cheers & Jeers column today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers to ...  Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, and Ron Nate, R-Rexburg:

Where are these self-appointed guardians of Idaho's probity?

Earlier this year, the Idaho Falls Post Register's Bryan Clark unearthed a startling fact: Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, has taken the equivalent of a full-year's tuition at Lewis-Clark State College under questionable circumstances.

Idaho extends $129 to legislators each day they are in session to cover their living expenses in

Boise. Lawmakers who reside in Boise, and therefore don't need as much, accept $49 a day.

Trujillo is the spouse of House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star.

The evidence points to Trujillo living at the couple's marital domicile but taking the full $129 daily payment as if she established a separate Boise residence. That adds up to $6,400.

Neither Trujillo nor Moyle has explained - although the majority leader was more than forthcoming when former Sens. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, took full per-diem checks while living rent-free in Boise: "I don't think it smells good." More here.




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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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