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Picking legislative leaders…

AP reporter John Miller has this overview of GOP leadership battles in the House and Senate, which will be decided in party caucuses on Wednesday night:

“Secret balloting on Wednesday evening is set to determine if Idaho Senate Republicans will turn to conservative newcomers for guidance — or stick with more-established leaders. All four Senate leadership posts are in play, as President Pro Tempore Bob Geddes’ decision to step down from the Senate’s top post last week helped spur lawmakers in his chamber to seize the moment. Meanwhile, change appears less likely in the House, but GOP Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Caucus Chair Ken Roberts each face a challenge from an established GOP lawmaker with sights on bigger things. With Republicans controlling more than four-fifths of the Legislature after picking up five House seats Nov. 2, these leadership races are significant, because just who is in charge helps determine which issues become priorities.”

Click below for his full report; leadership votes also are scheduled Wednesday night in the House and Senate minority caucuses; Senate Minority Leader Kate Kelly, D-Boise, didn’t seek re-election, leaving her post open; nor did House Assistant Minority Leader James Ruchti, D-Pocatello.