They're back. The tiny steel magnolias that are Girl Scouts set up shop again this weekend, outside of hundreds of Idaho retailers, launching another Girl Scout cookie season.
But this year, the thousands of young ladies from Idaho's Silver Sage Council are battle-tested.
"I'm 9 years old and this is my first year in Girl Scouts. On my first day, I sold 104 boxes of cookies. I think my goal of selling 500 boxes is high, but it's something I can reach," said Ella Marcum on March 11, standing before the formidable Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee.
Marcum was just one of a number of Girl Scouts and their leaders who lobbied Idaho lawmakers this year to grant a special exemption on sales tax for Girl Scout cookies.
Their effort seemed like it might be successful on March 19, when the full Idaho House voted 59-11 to give up approximately $140,000 per year in sales tax revenue. But the measure hit a snag in the Idaho Senate and died, sending the scouts back to their cookies and their charge of 22 cents-per-box tax, which is sent to Idaho's general fund.
The Idaho Girl Scouts even got a moment in the national limelight this morning as their effort was profiled on ABC's Sunday Good Morning America.
"We're going to keep on going until we get this law passed," said one of the seasoned scouts on this morning's GMA.