"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.


Most recent legislative sessions in the Northwest have done something a little surprising – winding up either before or when they were expected to.

Why the current Idaho legislative session, originally expected to shut down well before the end of march and now expected to run well into next week, is taking longer than expected isn’t completely clear. But it does seem to have slowed down its process to give more detailed considerations to a string of real issues, so that may not be such a bad thing.

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  1. mark said:

    It shouldn’t be a surprise: for the last two decades that I’ve been watching, the bills with the most impact are snuck in at the last minute by leadership rather than perc their way up through members and committees. That’s worked (for the lobbyists and leadership) as long as everyone was on board. But when they’re not, then the grass starts growing under their desks.

    March 28, 2008

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