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Keough named JFAC co-chair; Sen. Dan Johnson to be her vice-chair

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican state Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint has been appointed to co-chair Idaho's powerful budget-setting committee. President Pro Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg on Monday announced that Keough will replace former Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert, who left the Idaho Legislature earlier this year to lead the state Department of Insurance. Keough has served 20 years in the Idaho Statehouse, making her the longest serving female senator in Idaho's history. Keough has also served on the joint budget-setting committee since 2000. She will join Republican Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome in leading the legislative panel.

Hill also released a list of changes on Senate committees, while noting that it is subject to change. It shows that Keough, who had been the Senate Finance vice chair, will have Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, as her new vice chairman. It also shows that Sen. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, will be the new chair of the Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee, replacing former Sen. John Tippets, R-Montpelier, who is now director of the state Department of Environmental Quality; Patrick had been vice-chair on that panel. You can see the full list here.

Idaho Senate Hazes Newcomer

New Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, (pictured) was assigned to carry his first bill in the Senate today; he's the appointee who replaced Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, who took a job as the chief lobbyist for the University of Idaho. The non-controversial measure, HB 356, came from the state Tax Commission and clarifies application procedures for property tax exemptions; it had earlier passed the House unanimously. As is the Senate custom, to Johnson's surprise, nearly every senator voted against the bill - then they rose, one by one, and changed their votes to yes. After the bill had passed overwhelmingly, Johnson said, “I need a sweat towel right now, thank you”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Have you ever been target of a hazing/initiation ritual?

Check It Out … Forkfly, Spokane 7

… I wasn't paying much attention when marketing director Dan Johnson mentioned that the SR was going to launch something called Forkfly and re-launch "Spokane 7." You know I don't push much here. But you might want to click on that "Forkfly" button in the upper righthand corner of HucksOnline, insert the town where you live or ship, and check out all the sweet deals you can find at local eateries, businesses, and stores. Oh yeah, check out the new "Spokane 7," too, here.

Question: What do you think of Forkfly?