The headline from the Spokesman Review's article at the close-of-Wednesday's political theater in Boise was as premature as an 8-month old fetus just exiting its mother's womb... and ironic, let alone verging on bad taste. (C'mon, does it REALLY say "dead" in the headline? Someone needs sensitivity training, I think.)
Nevertheless. it reads:
"Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill may be dead"
The cancellation of the House committee hearing - which had been scheduled for Thursday at 7:45 a.m. - came after an hour-long, closed-door House GOP caucus. Asked if the bill, SB 1387, was dead, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, said, “We don’t know. We haven’t made the decision on it.”"
Always remember that in Idaho politics what appears to be happening is not what is actually occurring.
"Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she was still hopeful the bill would get a hearing, either Friday or sometime next week. “They’ve canceled the hearing, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead,” Nuxoll said.
Watch and see. I may be in error, but the legislative response of halting the proposed House hearing on the bill, now being reported by the national press, may well be a tactical time-out rather than a strategic stop.
The national press will go home.
And the Idaho House of Representatives will also prepare to go home...
But my call is that prior to the close of the session the House will quickly take up the matter, pass it and let the Dem's in the House and Senate bear the weight of this bill at the polls. It will indeed be a case of political theater, but more accuratel: a poltical theater of war.
Then Brandi Swindell and the voters of Idaho can do a "political ultrasound" on the Democratic leadership to see if viability remains in their caucus womb, er I mean, room...
That's when The Spokesman Review's headline editors can more properly re-use the titile "dead".
To borrow and amend a famous preacher's well-known Easter Sunday sermon title, "It's Friday but Sunday's a comin'", this bit of political theater has a more apt expression:
"It's Session, but Election's a comin"....