‘Speedy Reedy’ retains go-cart championship for Idaho House

Despite the elevation of a former member to the “upper chamber,” the Idaho House defended its claim to the fastest chamber under the Capitol Dome with House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt’s victory in the 9th annual go-cart race.

House GOP Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude of rural Ada County warned the House last week that the defection of defending champ and former Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, to the Senate  put the House’s honor at risk.

“Marv Hagedorn has moved to the Senate,” Vander Woude warned. “We don’t want the trophy to go with him.”

DeMordaunt upheld House dominance in racing last week at Fast Lane, the indoor track on Franklin Road in Meridian.

Said Vander Woude: “It goes to show when you get elected to the Senate, you slow down.”

DeMordaunt, who said he didn’t practice and only races once a year in the time trial, distanced himself from Vander Woude’s jibe: “I didn’t say that!”

 

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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