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H&W Calls Out Clueless Legislature

Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press writes:

A recent e-mailed press release from an Idaho state agency took my breath away with shock when I read it. It still stuns me – and, too, other people I’ve discussed it with, who have a history of working in state agencies and writing press releases. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare press release of April 10 (a copy is posted here) belongs in some kind of hall of fame for useful press releases, with citation for bravery. It does something I’ve never seen a state agency (as opposed to some elected officials) do before: It explicitly calls out the state legislature for doing harm to people in Idaho. State agencies hardly ever take on state legislators, especially in public, even in cautious weasel words. It’s dangerous: Legislators have endless ways to take revenge. More here.

Question: Will you join me in applauding the state Department of Health & Welfare for having the courage to call out the 9 clueless legislators who serve -- their word, not Huckleberries -- on the House Judiciary & Rules Committee?




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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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