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Malloy: Repealing 17th Amendment makes no difference in Idaho

Veteran journalist Chuck Malloy says the Idaho Republican Party’s call to return to the pre-1913 practice of having U.S. senators elected by legislators rather than voters would have no practical effect on who represents Idaho in Washington, D.C. “I say

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Idaho’s Balukoff: So manly he wears uninsulated fishing waders duck hunting

Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s snubbing of the NRA’s candidate questionnaire has generated the heaviest response of any issue since he announced his bid for governor in December, says campaign spokesman Mike Lanza. Balukoff’s April 10 Facebook post has generated about 500

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Idaho CD2: Simpson unleashes latest attack ad on Smith

The campaign for Idaho second congressional district incumbent Mike Simpson released its latest attack ad on challenger Bryan Smith on Thursday. The 30-second spot will air in the Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise markets — the second congressional district’s

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Idaho CD2: Challenger Smith revisits ACORN accusations against Simpson

The ACORN issue is back in Idaho’s second congressional district race. The campaign for challenger Bryan Smith on Thursday slammed incumbent Mike Simpson for denying that he voted to continue funding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better

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McGrane defends Ysursa’s integrity, says Idaho vote count will be fair

GOP secretary of state candidate Phil McGrane says concerns about vote counting are a “legitimate question” because of his endorsements from retiring Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and 24 of the state’s 44 county clerks who oversee and administer

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Idaho’s Otter: I’ll quit when I’m dead (w/ video)

Though he turns 72 on May 3, Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t slowed the rough-and-tumble lifestyle he began growing up on a Canyon County farm. This week, he’s nursing a strained back injured Sunday in a ranch wreck in Star. Otter

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Idaho CD2: Smith keeps hammering Simpson from the right

If there’s been a single theme in Bryan Smith’s campaign to replace eight-term incumbent Mike Simpson as Idaho’s second-district representative in Congress, it’s been to call Simpson a liberal, or at least, too liberal for Idaho. Today, with barely a

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Idaho CD2: Strange robocall about Simpson irks Canadians, Oregonians

Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the campaign for Idaho second congressional district incumbent Mike Simpson say they had nothing to do with a bizarre robocall that seems to have made the rounds in at least Oregon and part

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Idaho Democrat Manning: I didn’t quiver and I wasn’t spanked

Caldwell Democratic House candidate Travis Manning objects to two aspects of a Wednesday post on the Idaho Politics blog: My characterization of him “quiveringly” backing down from his satirical Facebook post about GOP Gov. Butch Otter and my headline that described

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Idaho CD2: Smith among WaPo’s Q1 fundraising “losers”

Today, Washington Post bloggers Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake called Idaho second congressional district challenger Bryan Smith a fundraising loser in the first quarter, the last full quarter before Idaho’s May 20 Republican primary. Smith, an Idaho Falls attorney and debt

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