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Eye On Boise

‘The spat that’s become the Idaho House’

"In the spat that's become the Idaho House, Democrats and Republicans are still going at each other in a style that befits siblings in the family car's backseat," the AP reports today. "Thursday morning's hearing in the chamber's State Affairs Committee was another good example. Democratic Rep. Phylis King of Boise was pushing a resolution to promote adoption as a state policy. When her party mate Rep. Elfreda Higgins of Boise moved to send the measure to the House floor, however, Republicans refused — though most GOP lawmakers support promoting alternatives to possible abortions. The bad blood continues because Democrats are forcing bills on the House floor to be read, a delay tactic meant to pressure dominant GOP lawmakers into holding a hearing on a cigarette tax hike. So far, nobody is giving ground."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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