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Edit: Solons Don’t Know What’s Legal

The Idaho Legislature pays Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane about $100,000 a year, partly for his expertise in constitutional law. And then by ignoring Kane’s opinions, those same lawmakers obligate the state to pay even more. In an action that surprised no one, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill on Friday issued a temporary injunction preventing a union-busting law passed by lawmakers earlier this year from taking effect. The law would prevent unions from using job-targeting programs, in which money collected from union workers’ paychecks subsidize other workers’ wages and lower union contractors’ bids for projects/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you consider a legislator principled when s/he votes for a bill that's been deemed unconstitutional by the attorney general's office? Or reckless?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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