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Idaho lawmakers pledge to open up tax discussions

Idaho lawmakers say there will be no more secret meetings of a group working on state tax policy – all meetings from this point on will be open to the public and follow notice requirements of the Idaho Open Meeting Law.

Huckleberries: In battle of wits, Barbieri fell on his own sword

Last week wasn’t an easy one for uberconservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. He made headlines from the Northwest to the New York Times for a question he asked during a hearing on an anti-abortion bill. Remember? In a battle of wits with a pro-choicer, Barbieri asked if women could swallow a pill containing a camera for gynecological exams. Social media went nuts. Quickly, the question-heard-round-the-USA made Wikipedia. Quoth: “On February 23, 2015, during testimony from Dr. Julie Madsen, Barbieri learned that if a woman swallows a pill, it will not end up in her vagina.” Hours later, the entry was changed: “Barbieri came to widespread attention on February 23, 2015, after asking a doctor giving testimony if a woman could swallow a camera in order to undergo a remote gynecological exam, with the implication that Barbieri thought that the gastrointestinal tract was somehow connected to the reproductive organs.” Barbieri claims his question was taken out of context. Maybe so. But he’s still lucky he comes from a safe Red Zone district.