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Edit: Idaho already has a good lawyer

In the Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial today, Devin Rokyta chides ideological legislators -- all Republicans -- who have wasted taxpayer money of frivolous constitutional challenges because they don't trust the good lawyer the state already has: Lawrence Wasden:

Idaho lawmakers have a pretty good lawyer on staff. His name is Lawrence Wasden. The state's taxpayers pay for Wasden and his staff - which had a 2015 budget of roughly $22 million - to provide legal representation to the state of Idaho. Voters have enough confidence in him to have made him the longest-serving attorney general in Idaho history, re-electing him to a fourth term in 2014. Yet some state lawmakers, all Republicans, still want outside legal representation. The reason isn't because Wasden is incompetent. No, it is that he often tells them what they don't want to hear, that their cases have no merit, are unconstitutional and will not prevail. He follows the law, not ideological whims. More here.

Question: Maybe we should start asking the Tea Party legislators who represent Kootenai County how they can justify squandering tax dollars on suits that AG Lawrence Wasden deems unconstitutional. Thoughts?

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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