Highberger backs off bid for speaker with caucus facing consequences

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Democratic state Rep. Boog Highberger retreated Monday from his plan to depart from tradition and run for House speaker from the minority party while facing the possibility the new Republican speaker might punish the action.

Highberger said his announcement that he planned to run for speaker was premised on bringing attention to the lack of transparency in the legislative process.

The Lawrence legislator gave up on the idea when he learned that there had been an informal agreement in years past for the minority party to stay out of races for House speaker.

The speaker has the prerogative to assign . . .

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