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Sunday column: From the odd to the bizarre…

In my Sunday column this week, there’s the odd – GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador claiming that the health care bill the Idaho House refused to debate last year was “Medicaid expansion” and would have added thousands of "able-bodied adults" to the Medicaid rolls, when it would have added only 2,800 critically ill patients – and the bizarre – the fact that three years to the day before Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, accidentally voted against the NIC budget when he meant to vote yes, he accidentally voted in favor of a bill he meant to oppose, citing a “senior moment.” Also in this week’s column: The “biggest DUI reform since ‘97” in Idaho; and my Legislative Limerick No. 3 for this year: An Ode to Bell and Keough. You can read my full column here at

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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