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Labrador and Simpson meet, but kiss-and-make-up seems unlikely

After their highly publicized dustup over whether Rep. Raul Labrador was disloyal and compromised his effectiveness by refusing to vote for the leader of his party and Rep. Mike Simpson's pal, Speaker John Boehner, Idaho's only House members have met face-to-face.

"I have talked to him," Labrador told me Thursday night after his town meeting on immigration at Meridian City Hall.

Did you mend fences? I asked.

The upside of Sen. Crapo's post-DUI hoofing commute

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said after his Jan. 4 guilty plea to DUI that losing his driving privileges would force him to seek alternative transportation.

I spoke with Crapo on his cell phone yesterday, as he was making the three-quarter-mile walk from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to his row house in Southwest Washington, where he occupies the basement apartment.

Idaho contractors back Otter's state-run exchange, press case for sovereignty

The Idaho Associated General Contractors of Idaho is hoping to boost Gov. Butch Otter's fight to make Idaho one of a handful of states with Republican governors to establish a state-run online insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Most GOP-controlled states are leaving the job to the federal government, a move Otter says is a threat to state sovereignty and an argument echoed by AGC. The plan, introduced this week as

Idaho Sen. Rice counters Sen. Fulcher on health law: We'll lose our noses, still have exchange

Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, responded Thursday to Sen. Russ Fulcher's argument that Idaho should resist establishing a state-based health insurance exchange because the Affordable Care Act is more likely to fail if states let the feds run the online marketplace.

"Sen. Fulcher is trying to create a circular firing squad," Rice told me Thursday. "It's a cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face strategy."

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Citing law's 'evil genius,' Fulcher emerges as key opponent of Otter's Idaho-run health exchange

Sen. Russ Fulcher doesn't go as far as Sen. Sherlyl Nuxoll's likening the law to the Holocaust, but he makes a similar argument: That the "evil genius" of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is luring the private insurance industry's support.

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Sweetest day of the year at the Statehouse: Pie Day, celebrating Idaho home schooling

It's a date legislators, staff, lobbyists, reporters and other Statehouse denizens circle on the calendar: the
Idaho Coalition of Home Educators annual "Pie Day."

For 20 years, ICHE has passed out home-baked pastries on the Capitol's fourth floor, typically doling out about 600 slices of delight. As many as 70 lawmakers also will get whole pies this year, said Jodi Miller, who home schools her children Charissa, 12, and Christopher, 15, in Boise.

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Idaho House approves naming Capitol auditorium after Lincoln

The House approved
House Concurrent Resolution 5
on a voice vote Wednesday, sending the measure to the Senate.

HCR 5's sponsor, Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, used his debate to reprise his committee testimony, again wowing lawmakers with his command of Lincoln anecdotes and poetry recitation. After Bateman made fun of himself for overdoing it, Speaker Scott Bedke assured him his passion was appropriate.

KBOI's Shelman got the scoop on star in Capitol video, 'Keith from Boise'

Kudos to KBOI radio talk-show host Nate Shelman, who was first to interview the man who prompted tightened security in the Idaho Legislature because of his behavior on the House floor Jan. 10.

A man identifying himself as "Keith from Boise," called KBOI shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and offered to come speak to Shelman. Shelman agreed, abandoning his plans to discuss Gov. Butch Otter's pitch for a state-run health insurance exchange. Otter had been on the show from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Man on Capitol security video identified, says he didn't mean to cause alarm

The man whose behavior on the House floor early this month alarmed legislative leaders and prompted security changes at the Capitol is Bryan Carter of Meridian.

Carter, 47, said he is sorry. “It broke my heart that I caused the legislators a concern. That was not at all what I had come about.”

Idaho State Police said Carter committed no crime.

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