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Best Country Wiseacre in the Legislature 

Rep. Frank Niceley

A wisecracking farmer from Strawberry Plains, Niceley has never lived down his brilliant utterance, "It's not exactly rocket surgery." This year, though, he helped found the "country boy" Republican House caucus, which promptly admitted Speaker Kent Williams in defiance of the GOP establishment. Niceley knew that with Williams on their side, Republicans could finally boast a majority. "Country boys can count to 50," Niceley explained. "Those city boys can only count to 49." Then he proposed that gubernatorial candidates stage debates next fall in each of the state's 99 counties—a move that would force the candidates to actually meet the voters and show some grasp of the issues. "It'd be kinda like going back to the days of Davy Crockett, when he was running against that peg-legged fella," Niceley said. We didn't know what he meant, but it was funny. JEFF WOODS
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