Score update: Labrador 4, rest of Idaho delegation, 0

Idaho’s junior lawmaker, Congressman Raul Labrador, has added a fourth town hall during the August recess, making a Friday afternoon stop in Council.

Labrador will appear from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Council Mountain Cafe,
102 Moser Ave. (The event was originally set for 3 p.m., but Labrador pushed back the time by an hour mid-morning Friday).

The sophomore 1st District lawmaker held town halls in Lewiston on Wednesday and Grangeville on Thursday. He’ll take questions at Meridian City Hall next Wednesday, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

During their five-week summer break that Congress prefers to call the “August Work Period,” the other three members of Idaho’s all-GOP delegation have yet to schedule a town hall.

Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will meet with constituents, as will 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson. But none of them have set any of the open-ended town halls that welcome all-comers for a Q & A.

Crapo will appear in Emmett at 5 p.m. Saturday for a discussion of efforts to win government compensation for injuries suffered by Idahoans as a result of Cold War nuclear bomb testing. The meeting is at Computators, 117 E. Main St.

On Aug. 23, Risch will appear at a luncheon hosted by the City Club of Idaho Falls, for a “Question Hour,” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Risch will be queried by a moderator, including posing question suggested by the audience.


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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