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BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Rep. Bob Nonini’s bid to join the Idaho House GOP leadership fell short Wednesday night, but there were shakeups elsewhere as Idaho lawmakers met in closed caucuses to pick legislative leaders. While the House GOP leadership team, including Speaker Lawerence Denney, is unchanged, the Senate has a new president pro-tem: Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. Hill defeated Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, a rising leader of the Senate’s most conservative wing, for the chamber’s top leadership post in a hotly contested race. Former Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, retired from leadership.
BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred in 2006 played a major part in boosting a tax break for Idaho homeowners that’s reduced their annual payments, despite a Republican attack Thursday contending his role was minimal. House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, accused Allred of taking too much credit for efforts to reduce property taxes in 2006, a year when home prices were skyrocketing and many residents were up in arms.