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P.S. — Idaho D’s Win Standoff — 3/21/06

Democrats brought the House to a standstill this morning, by refusing to go along with suspending reading of bills. The reason: They want a hearing on their bill to increase the minimum wage, which House GOP leadership has been sitting on all session. Because of the Democrats’ protest, bills had to be read in full – and at length – by House Chief Clerk Pamm Juker, who dutifully read, and read, and read. In an hour, the House got through only two bills, with a couple of breaks for huddled negotiations.

For the rest of the story by Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise re: the incredible showdown at the Capitol, click here.

Question: Does this mean that: 1. There are more Demos in the state of Idaho than previously believed? 2. That existing Demos finally developed a backbone? 3. Nothing really, except that they ticked off the powers that be? 4. The political pendulum is starting to swing back from the righ to the center? or 5. That House Speaker Bruce Newcomb will order the offending D's shot at sunrise and today's business past by acclamation?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.