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Rusche: GOP Solons Avoiding Issues

State lawmakers are plowing through a sea of bills, hoping to keep on course for an early March 21st end of session. But some among them -- known as Democrats -- say the Republican-dominated legislature is intentionally steering clear of substantial issues. "My biggest disappointment is the failure to address some of the big issues Idaho has," says House Minority Leader John Rusche, a Lewiston Democrat. "Medicaid, probably first and foremost -- the failure to provide insurance coverage to 85,000 people in the gap." Critics say with a primary election in May, GOP legislators are embracing pro-gun, pro-agriculture, anti-wolf issues sure to warm the heart of a specific constituency/KBOI. More here.

Question: I'm not sure I want legislators dealing with substantive issues, given their propensity to do the wrong thing. What do you think?

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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