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IPT: Wasden right, Far Right wrong

In an editorial in the Idaho Press Tribune of Nampa, Phil Bridges writes that Idaho's Far Right may not like Attorney General Lawrence Wasden but Wasden's legal opinions are rock solid. The Far Right has cost Idaho beaucoup bucks in legal fees by refusing to listen to them:

"Say what you will about Wasden’s ideology and party loyalty, but his office’s legal opinions are usually rock-solid. He warned lawmakers in 2011 that a pain-capable unborn child anti-abortion law they passed had constitutional problems, and he was right — a U.S. district judge ruled against the state two years later, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. In fact, Idaho lawmakers’ attempts to restrict abortion have cost the state over $1 million in legal expenses since 2000. The Attorney General’s Office can say “We told you so” once more after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s striking down of a 2011 law that banned unions from using funds collected from workers to offset the cost of bids by union contractors." More here.

Question: How many times does the Far Right and its representatives in Idaho government have to be wrong in legal fights before they start listening to AG Lawrence Wasden?



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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