Labrador hosting town halls in Lewiston, Grangeville & Meridian

Home for what Congress calls the “August Work Period,” 1st District Republican Raul Labrador begins a three-city town hall tour Wednesday in Lewiston, followed by Thursday in Grangeville. The congressman will be in Meridian Aug. 14. All three events are scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Labrador’s Meridian showing will be at City Hall, the same venue where he was urged in January to challenge GOP Gov. Butch Otter next year in the Republican primary. Labrador replied to a standing-room-only crowd that he was humbled by the suggestion and expected to make up his mind by mid-year. The second-term congressman has since put off a decision until the next few months.

In recent weeks, media speculation about Labrador’s future has accelerated to include president of the United States and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Labrador issued a statement on the presidential noodle, saying it had “never entered my mind.” He did not reply to a request for comment last week about his being named to a Top 10 list of GOP prospects to succeed John Boehner, R-Ohio.

A notice on Labrador’s three events follows.


Labrador to Host Town Halls in
Meridian, Lewiston, & Grangeville

During the August Work Period, Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-ID) will host public town halls in Meridian, Lewiston, and Grangeville.  The media is invited to attend.  The full schedule is below.

Wednesday, August 7

7:00-8:30 PM PT         

Town Hall

Williams Conference Center

Clearwater Room

Corner of 4th Street and 9th Avenue
Lewiston, ID

Thursday, August 8

7:00-8:30 PM PT

Town Hall
Grangeville Senior Center
108 Grangeville Truck Rte.
Grangeville, ID

Wednesday, August 14

7:00-8:30 PM MT

Town Hall
Meridian City Hall
33 E. Broadway Ave.
Meridian, ID


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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