I have said before that each legislative session develops a personality unto its own. This session is no different. So how would I characterize this session six weeks in? Like an airport that gives every indication it’s open for business but is only seeing smaller planes landing. The big cargo planes carrying issues such as education, transportation, Medicaid redesign, tax increases, and/or tax relief continue to circle the airport.
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The pin that never dropped

January 24, 2015

There is no way the packed-house crowd should have been able to hear it. It just made no sense. It was Saturday night at the movies and the few hundred people exiting the theater were doing so in unusual post movie script. There was no hustle or hurry or crowding, but perhaps most impressively? There was no talking. The rows filed out silently, respectfully, reverently, one person at a time, one row at a time.
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Does this outfit make me…

December 5, 2014

Dejected she tossed the outfit on the bed alongside the previous three that had not passed scrutiny. She let out a noise no culture anywhere would understand, further punctuating her point of total irritation. This job interview was what she had been waiting for; had trained for; was perfect for. With so much talent and so much on the line, why was a simple clothing selection so problematic?
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End of session confession

April 13, 2014

I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. That line has been used in jest to illustrate how rough the sport can be. I seriously thought the same dynamic might be in play this legislative session but there was little if any high sticking. It’s not that the first three months of the year are some kind of Boise blood sport but variables in play made this year ripe for volatility. Instead, the decorum on the senate side was nothing short of professional and cordial.
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The little engine that does in the first three months of every year is beginning to pick up steam. Rules review is wrapping up and legislation is starting to flow out of committees and onto the House and Senate reading calendars. I’ll touch on just a few of the many issues now in motion.
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Calm before the storm

January 18, 2014

The skies were mostly clear, the winds light and variable, and the temperature mild for late December. I noticed a state truck chugging up a mild grade on I-15 near the Portneuf Gap. The preconditioning mix he was applying to the road is intended to make the anticipated snow less of a burden to remove later. The life span of the application is somewhat finite and should the storm event not occur his efforts will have been in vain.
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