Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Huckleberries Online

Otter, GOPoohbahs go after Wasden

Mounting tensions between Idaho lawmakers and the Attorney General's office have revealed a political power struggle over whether the state's elected officials should be able to pursue legal opinions that match their own interests. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced on Monday that the office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden needs to be scaled back and no longer be in charge of providing legal counsel to state agencies. Meanwhile, the Republican supermajority in the Idaho Legislature has found ways to funnel money for third-party legal opinions and has floated several legislative proposals directing Wasden's office on what to do. "This is not an attack on the attorney general so much as it is frustration with the system," Otter said. "I would relish a change"/Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press. More here.

Read more here:

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.

Follow Dave online: