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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?

Pivotal Vote Defines New Speaker

Idaho is poised to have its own state-based health insurance exchange. But getting that far required a unique coalition - Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, a libertarian governor who broke with many of his fellow GOP governors; a freshman class of Idaho House Republicans and a solid House Democratic caucus. The measure cleared the House Wednesday on a 41-29 vote - after another version won Senate passage by 23-12. It involved the most unlikely of bills - creation of a state-based exchange is part and parcel of Obamacare. And it came in the most unexpected of places - the same Legislature that only two years earlier so detested Obamacare that it openly flirted with nullifying the federal law in open defiance of the U.S. Constitution. One man stitched it all together, House Speaker Scott Bedke (pictured), R-Oakley/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is the 41-29 House vote on a state-run exchange an indication that the uber-cons aren't as strong as they were two years ago?

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?

What Idaho House Fight Is/Isn’t About

What is the battle between Idaho’s House GOP leaders all about? Let me answer that by telling you what it is not at all about. Policy. There isn’t much of a discernible difference on policy between current House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and the man who appears best poised to challenge him, Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke. Bedke, R-Oakley, may be a touch less conservative than Denney — Bedke served on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee in the mid-2000s, an experience that tends to temper lawmakers’ views of the budget. But I can’t see the philosophy of the House shifting very much if Bedke unseats Denney/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Given that any challenger will share his political views, does it really matter if Rep. Lawerence Denney continues as House Speaker?

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