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Bryan Smith rips U.S. Education Department

Bryan Smith, foreground, and Rep. Mike Simpson. (Idaho Public Television photo.) Education made a cameo appearance in a testy debate Sunday night between the two Republicans running in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith — who is challenging

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Fulcher’s bid to lure Democrats, third parties to GOP made small difference

If Sen. Russ Fulcher defeats Gov. Butch Otter in the May 20 Republican primary by a hair’s breadth, he may credit his effort to convince non-Republicans to re-register and vote for him over Gov. Butch Otter. But the result of

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Otter, Little soliciting St. Paddy’s Day pot-o-gold for Mike Simpson

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little are seeking $250 sponsors for a St. Patrick’s Day “Bring the Green” fundraiser for 2nd District Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. In a fundraising letter addressed to “Dear Friends,” Otter and Little,

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Romney endorses Otter, his 2012 Idaho co-chair, for re-election

Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has endorsed Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter for a third term. Otter co-chaired Romney’s Idaho campaign. “A proven conservative leader with a tangible legacy of principled Republican leadership, Governor

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As NPR declares Smith-Simpson a bellwether, BIPAC’s Casey back in town

National Public Radio star David Greene will spend the week in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District because he says the race between tea party challenger Bryan Smith and eight-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson is a “bellwether” on the battle for control

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Gem State Tea Party joins national group targeting Idaho Rep. Simpson

The Washington, D.C.-based Madison Project is hosting a grand opening of its Boise field office Friday night, along with get-out-the-vote training for those aiming to unseat eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. The new political action committee, which endorsed Simpson’s challenger

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US Chamber of Commerce to air ads, calling Rep. Simpson ‘conservative, Idaho strong’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which includes Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot on its board, will spend $84,000 on TV ads in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District to support eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. The Associated Press reported the news Thursday, having

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Smith adds four more Idaho lawmakers to endorsement list, score 8-8

Second Congressional District candidate Bryan Smith now has eight GOP lawmakers in his corner in his bid to unseat eight-term Rep. Mike Simpson in the 2014 primary. Smith, a lawyer from Idaho Falls, announced four new endorsements Wednesday, from Sens.

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Wall Street Journal touts Idaho’s Smith-Simpson as example of GOP divide

With PAC money and independent expenditures flowing to Idaho’s 2nd District congressional race, the Wall Street Journal says support for Rep. Mike Simpson over newcomer Bryan Smith is emblematic of how business interests are fighting GOP insurgents. The contest is

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Endorsement watch in Idaho’s 2nd District: Simpson counters Smith with more GOP heavy hitters

Eight-term incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson is bolstering his support among the GOP establishment with a new list of county campaign chairs including five sitting lawmakers, two former lawmakers and a former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. Simpson announced in

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