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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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Fulcher and Otter differ on repeal of 17th Amendment (w/ video)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than

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Canyon County District 10: Chaney stays in GOP House race

Greg Chaney, a candidate for retiring Rep. Darrell Bolz’s seat, told the Canyon County Central Committee at its monthly meeting Tuesday night that he would not withdraw, despite a backlash over the fact that he didn’t fully disclose past legal

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Democrat Manning tweaks Otter, gets spanked by Guv’s spokesman

Canyon County House candidate Travis Manning thought he’d amuse himself and his supporters by satirizing Gov. Butch Otter on his campaign Facebook page. But the Vallivue High School English teacher quickly learned the governor found no humor in the prank.

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Denney accuses Ysursa of conflict of interest in endorsement of McGrane

Rep. Lawerence Denney on Tuesday criticized outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa for endorsing Phil McGrane over Denney and two other Republicans in the race to replace Ysursa. “I was surprised to see our current Secretary of State endorse somebody

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Mitt Romney gives Simpson campaign star power

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a TV ad of Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsing Mike Simpson, who’s fighting to hold on to his seat in Congress. In the slick 30-second spot, Romney, well-dressed and coiffed as always, looks

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Idaho near bottom on another list: Use of online porn (w/ photo)

No kidding. Idaho ranks next-to-last in per capita viewing of pornography according to Pornhub.com, ahead of only Arkansas. In the last 12 months, Idaho had 80 page views per capita page on Pornhub, while Arkansas had 77. The busiest porn

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Idaho CD2: Challenger Smith adds $137,000 to campaign haul

Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith’s campaign brought its total fundraising total to more than $675,000, far more than any challenger incumbent Mike Simpson has faced. But the pace of Smith’s fundraising fell off in the first three months of this

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Caldwell’s Rep. Bolz asked to be removed as Chaney’s campaign chairman

After news that Greg Chaney had been charged with domestic battery and three other misdemeanors in 2009, outgoing Rep. Darrell Bolz asked that his name be removed as chairman of the Chaney campaign — a position Bolz said he never

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Superintendent candidate says give to schools, not his campaign

Here is a rarity in politics: A candidate running for office NOT asking for your money. Randy Jensen, a middle school principal from American Falls, is asking supporters to give money to their schools instead of to his campaign in

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