"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.

The other congressman

Somebody write in and advise if we’re drawing too much out of this press release. But it seemed here highly unusual.

There’s nothing unusual about members of Congress proclaiming how they brought home the bacon, usually expressed by the phrase “secured funding.” Nor anything unusual about more than one member of Congress from a state joining together to make a joint announcement.

So today’s press release from Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representative Mike Simpson was in that sense nothing unusual.

But when they “announced today that several North Idaho projects are included in the National Security Funding Package” a bell rang, because while the senators do represent northern Idaho, Simpson does not – his district covers southern and eastern Idaho, and none of the projects noted in the press release are in his district. They are in the 1st district, whose representative is Bill Sali.

A slip? An oversight? Or?

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