Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

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Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

Post by Badgerberling » January 20th, 2015, 5:21 am

The Idaho Legislature has defeated a bill to name the giant salamander a state symbol promoted by a 14 year old student.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... TE=DEFAULT

or

http://www.startribune.com/politics/nat ... 67481.html

Here is a quote from the article:

Frank Lundberg, a herpetologist, testified in support of the bill and was disappointed after it failed.

"It is a mistake to ever overestimate the ignorance of the Idaho Legislature," he said.

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Re: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

Post by Coluber Constrictor » January 20th, 2015, 1:59 pm

Idaho politicians seem to be the real "ugly, slimy and creepy" ones here.

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Re: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

Post by MCHerper » January 22nd, 2015, 10:03 am

"But Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, voted against the salamander after recalling being repulsed by them as a young boy.

"They were ugly, they were slimy, and they were creepy," he said. "And I've not gotten over that. So to elevate them to the status of being the state amphibian, I'm not there yet."


....just....wow......

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Re: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

Post by Kelly Mc » January 26th, 2015, 11:21 pm

chalk up another pea brain in a position of petty power.

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Re: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

Post by AndyO'Connor » January 27th, 2015, 1:14 pm

From what I could find, the tiger salamander is currently their state amphibian... shouldn't make a difference to someone creeped out by them. Unfortunately this is par for the course, as I found this on the inter-netting, "In the 2010s, a student proposal for the rattlesnake as the state reptile was unsuccessful since farmer-legislators considered the snake a "pest".[16]

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