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Of protests, arrests, compromise and time…

Protesters face arrest in the Idaho Senate chamber on Monday (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)
Protesters face arrest in the Idaho Senate chamber on Monday (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s nearly two dozen arrests of “Add the 4 Words” protesters at the state Capitol, as talk swirls around the statehouse about possible compromise legislation and whether there’s time to consider it this year or not; that could include adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act along with measures protecting religious freedom and business owners’ First Amendment rights. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said of the arrests, “I think it’s unfortunate that that’s where we’re at again. … I don’t think that it helps, frankly.” Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said, “I think it’s good that they’re willing to talk about those issues now. I need some time to think about it.”




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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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