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Eye On Boise

Lawmakers laud ‘Dynamite’ movie

A resolution honoring the two Idahoans who made the hit film “Napoleon Dynamite,” which is set in Preston, Idaho and features lots of local not-quite-profane expressions, brought much merriment to the House this morning.

Amid the jokes, a House member insisted on a roll-call vote on the resolution, which could’ve just passed by a voice vote. House Speaker Bruce Newcomb then declared, “Remember, those that vote ‘no’ are freakin’ idiots.” As the House’s voting board lit up, there was lots of laughter, but then the green lights lit up and the resolution passed unanimously, 69-0. Newcomb said, “The speaker would just like to point out that I’m relieved, because I was concerned that there were some freakin’ idiots in this place.”

The resolution includes some tongue-in-cheek takeoffs on the high-minded merits of various features in the film, along with a heartfelt commendation of Jared and Jerusha Hess for their work.

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