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Simpson Has Mouth Full Of ‘Potato’

Really. The Sunlight Foundation's revamped “Capitol Words” rivals other online time-wasters. There's an Idaho page where you learn that the top five words spoken by Idaho members of Congress since 1996 are: Idahoans, Idaho's, Idaho, Boise and id. (Id? Is Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, a notoriously voracious reader, channeling Freud from the well of the House? Oh, ID, as in the postal abbreviation for Idaho!) “Nuclear,” “agriculture” and “timber” are six, seven and eight, and “mountain” comes in No. 19. Also, you can search by legislator's name, and learn fun facts, including that “potato” is Simpson's 14th favorite word, ahead of No. 20 “dental,” a mouthful for a former dentist. Speaking of “potato,” Simpson ranks No. 3 in use of the word, trailed immediately by former Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Which word do you think you say most?

Crapo, Risch Fight USDA Potato Rules

Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are deeply concerned about new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would drastically reduce the use of potatoes in school lunches.  The Idaho Senators are joining Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) to introduce an amendment to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill to prevent the USDA from requiring schools to cut the amount of potatoes served in school meals.  This proposed rule would cost the federal government $6.8 billion over five years while discriminating against a vegetable with more potassium than a banana/U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, news release. More here.

Question: Are you as persuaded as Sens. Risch & Crapo that potatoes should be kept in school lunches at the current levels?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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