I've noticed that the local option issue isn't generating much press not bloggage outside Southwest Idaho, but Coeur d'Alene city councilman Mike Kennedy made this comment at Huckleberries Online:
I certainly support local control and local option authority, but this bill is a complete sham. This is going to centralize control in Boise more than ever, and ensure that local folks can't get a fair say in how we determine our futures locally I sure hope the Idaho Senate kills this wrong-headed election-year bill. This bill is about GOP primary politics in southern Idaho, not good government. If this idea is so good, why don't we put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that every single special interest sales tax exemption passed by this legislature should be put to a vote of the people and has to be passed by a 66 2/3 majority? There is no difference. I hope our North Idaho legislators don't get duped by this southern Idaho power-play bill.
Let's just be clear that "southern Idaho" doesn't mean Boise but the GOP power players from Star, Donnelly, and Oakley. But if some Boise bashing is what it takes to kill this sucker, I'm fine with that.