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Idaho CD2: Smith accuses Simpson of immigration conspiracy; Simpson calls Smith a liar

Just over a week before Idaho’s May 20 primary, a new ad from 2d congressional district challenger Bryan Smith’s campaign ratchets up the intensity in an already heated contest with incumbent Mike Simpson. Smith’s latest ad claims Simpson voted in favor

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Idaho CD2: Democrat Stallings cranks up campaign machine

The Republican who wins the May 20 primary battle over Idaho’s 2d congressional district will be the favorite to win that seat in November’s general election. But the Republican nominee, whether it’s incumbent Mike Simpson or challenger Bryan Smith, might

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Moving day at Idaho Politics, with new brand name — Popkey on Politics

After about 18 months on WordPress, we’re shifting our Idaho Statesman blog to our main website. This is my final post on the old platform. We’ve also decided on a name change in this golden age of branding. Henceforth, Idaho

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Teachers’ union endorses McCrostie; Bieter backing Farris in Boise House race

In one of the few Democratic primaries on the May 20 ballot, 2012 congressional candidate and former NFL player Jimmy Farris has been endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Councilman TJ Thomson. First-time candidate and teacher John McCrostie 

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Idaho CD2: PolitiFact gives anti-Simpson ad “Pants on Fire” rating

The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com blog has given an ad attacking Idaho 2d congressional district incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson its worst rating on the “Truth-O-Meter” scale. The ad, presented by the PAC for conservative group Madison Project, highlights several votes

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Fulcher: Otter’s loyalty to public in question, as four lobbyists run campaign

UPDATED, 1:40 p.m., noting Fulcher’s top campaign aide also worked as a lobbyist. Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter’s reliance on lobbyists to operate his re-election campaign calls into question who he’d represent in a third term — ordinary

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Who will control Idaho GOP?: Ada post-primary meeting May 29

With 77 percent of GOP precinct committee races being contested in Ada County, the organizational meeting of the newly elected members of the county Republican Central Committee will be a key measure of which faction wins control of the GOP

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Democratic congressional candidates to appear Thursday at CWI in Nampa

Former 2nd District Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings will be joined by the party’s other two major federal candidates at a College of Western Idaho forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nampa. U.S. Senate hopeful Nels Mitchell, a

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Rice and Hixon endorse Bishop for District 10B Republican nomination

Sen. Jim Rice and Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell’s District 10 on Tuesday announced their endorsement of Brian Bishop for the Republican nomination in District 10 House Seat B in the May 20 primary election. “We are convinced that Brian

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Berch accuses Luker of ‘borrowing a page’ from Mark Patterson playbook

West Boise Democrat Steve Berch is accusing four-term GOP Rep. Lynn Luker of engaging in the “same public avoidance tactic” employed by former GOP Rep. Mark Patterson in the 2012 campaign. Luker’s offense? Not completing the Idaho Statesman’s voter guide

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