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Labrador As Next House Speaker?

Though he’s just in his seventh year of public office — four of those as a junior member of the Idaho House — 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador has landed in a Top 10 of possible successors to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. The list was prepared by Roll Call reporters Emma Dumain and Matt Fuller in a column titled “10 Republicans Who Could Be Speaker.” Labrador is listed last on the list, which begins with more conventional candidates including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Would you like to see Congressman Raul Labrador become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/forget-governor-idahos-labrador-touted-as-next-house-speaker/#storylink=cpy

Bedke Reflects On 2013 Legislature

No one calls him Mr. Speaker or Speaker Bedke. There are no lobbyists lining up outside his office for 15-minute blocks of his time, no lawmakers trying to get his attention. Other than a handful of reporters who make the drive to the small town south of Burley and an occasional resident who pulls him aside to talk about issues, everyone leaves him alone. Watching him drive his Ford F150 around Oakley’s quiet streets, you wouldn’t know he was one of the most quoted men in Idaho media for the first three months of the year. A month after the close of the session, Oakley gives Speaker of the House Scott Bedke a chance to reflect on how he did during his first term as speaker — and to think about the future. Does that future include a run for higher office? Bedke hasn’t ruled it out, he said/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Who did the better job as speaker — Scott Bedke or Lawerence Denney?

Bedke To Challenge Speaker Denney

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke (pictured), R-Oakley, publicly announced he is running for speaker of the Idaho House. Bedke, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2000, is challenging current House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. Denney has held the position for six years. “It’s time for a change,” Bedke told the Times-News. Rumors have circulated about the House speaker race for months, with the Idaho Statesman interviewing Denney about his intent to seek another term. Bedke had previously declined to comment. Denney couldn’t be reached for comment for this story, but last week he told the Statesman he would campaign aggressively to keep his position/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: House Speaker Lawerence Denney's abysmal handling of all things related to Artful Tax Dodger Rep. Phil Hart is sound reasoning for electing a new speaker, if nothing else. What do you think?

Paging ‘Saturday Night Live’

House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier today. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

On his Facebook wall, Sam Taylor writes that he's sad that Nancy Pelosi is no longer House speaker. But he isn't sad for the reason you might think. Sam: “Kristen Wiig does a hilarious impression of her on SNL. The less the minority leader is in the spot light, the less she'll likely be on the show. However, a bonus: There will probably be more John Boehner skits. Congress: An endless supply of jokes for Saturday Night Live sketches!” Later, a Facebook friend consoles Sam with this thought: “SNL has it easy with Boehner — just cry all the time.”

Question: Which SNL characterization of a politician is your favorite (besides Tina Fey's Sarah Palin)?

Boehner Becomes House Speaker

Rep. John Boehner was elected speaker of the House, sealing newfound Republican power-sharing in Congress and drawing the curtain on the history-making Nancy Pelosi era at the helm. Cheers broke out among GOP lawmakers on the House floor on Wednesday as Boehner, a veteran lawmaker from Ohio, defeated Pelosi in the roll call for speaker. His rise to the helm of the House was virtually guaranteed months ago, when the midterm elections returned Republicans to control of the House, which they had surrendered to Democrats four years ago. Pelosi was the first woman to rise to the speaker's post/Laurie Kellman, AP.

Question: Are you optimistic that the 112th Congress, with Republicans in control of the House, can do a better job of helping run federal government than the Democratic controlled one of the last 2 years?

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