Buy Idaho, Unda' the Rotunda

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When venturing out of the press room on the Garden Level, you never know what you'll run into on the upper floors of the Capitol. Sometimes it's a gaggle of kindergartners, hands clasped together around the imported mosaic. Sometimes it's an onslaught of home-schooled children showcasing the fruits of their labor.

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Today, lawmakers and lobbyists were inundated with a trade show from the "Buy Idaho" and "Idaho Preferred" folks. The governor's push with this program has included commercials and a special "Buy Idaho" logo for businesses that keep it in the state, and today was the showcase for a host of Idaho commercial enterprises.

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Just touring around the building, I chatted with a woman working with blueberry fudge, a new concoction from the company "Dorothy" here in Boise. I talked with a man about the new Idaho Driver's licenses slated for 2010, saw a contraption that changed a regular motorcycle into something akin to a snowmobile, and other knickknacks.

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Passing a massage table, I spotted a radio reporter getting his nerves worked on. That tax exemption on services is probably feelin' real gooood right about now ....

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