Sen. Crapo schedules year’s first telephone town night after Obama speech

Sen. Mike Crapo is will speak with constituents on Feb. 13, the day after President Obama’s State of the Union Address. The town hall also will be Crapo’s first since he pleaded guilty to DUI last month.

A news release follows:


Meeting on February 13, following State of the Union Address


Washington, D.C. – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set a date for his first tele-townhall meeting of 2013 for Wednesday, February 13, at 6:55 PM Mountain Time/5:55 PM Pacific, and is encouraging all Idahoans to participate.  Wednesday’s tele-townhall comes on the heels of the President’s State of the Union Address, which will be held the previous evening.

“The President will cover many topics in his State of the Union Address next week, but what Americans really need to hear is his plan for getting our nation’s fiscal house in order,” Crapo said.  “We recently averted going over the fiscal cliff and made progress in making permanent much of the tax relief we have been fighting for more than 10 years.  However, our country still needs comprehensive tax reform, which would simplify the tax code for all Americans, grow our economy and make American business more competitive.

“We are coming up on a battle over sequestration at the end of this month.  On Monday, the President missed the deadline to submit a budget to Congress and it has been nearly four years since Senate Democrats passed a budget.  The list goes on.  I welcome input from Idahoans on how we should address these issues and alleviate the economic difficulties that so many are facing today.”

To sign up for the tele-townhall meeting, please visit Senator Crapo’s website,, and click on the iTownhall icon on the left side of the page.  You will be directed to send an e-mail request with your contact information.  In order to ensure your participation, you need to sign up before Monday, February 11.

To participate in the meeting, all you need is a telephone.  Participation is voluntary, and listeners are given an opportunity to ask the Senator about topics regarding federal policies or legislation.  Those who have signed up will receive an automated phone call just before the tele-townhall forum begins and will be instructed on how to participate.

If you are unable to participate in next week’s tele-townhall, Crapo has also scheduled meetings on the following dates in 2013, all tentatively set for 7:00PM MST/6:00PM PST:

May 22

September 18

December 4

Following the call, an audio file (MP3) of the full call will be posted on the website.


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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