"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.

Mass exodus

Asked around about the number (and names) of Idaho legislators planning not to return to the Statehouse, and – well beyond those whose announcements I could remember – there were a lot. Some people suggested the number of (willing) departures could be a record.

Some of this surely has to be reapportionment as legislators are thrown into new districts, sometimes with each other. But are there other reasons as well? You suspect so.

Senate Republicans – John McGee, R-Caldwell (already gone, though apparently only semi-willingly), Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene.

Senate Democrats – Edgar Malepaei, D-Pocatello, Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise

House Republicans – Tom Trail, R-Moscow, R.J. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls, Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d’Alene, Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert,

House Democrats – Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, Elfreda Higgins, D-Garden City.

Then there are House members running for Senate seats:

Republicans – Clifford Bayer, R-Boise, Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, Jeff Nesset, R-Lewiston, Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls.

Democrats – Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise. 

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