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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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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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Third Super PAC — this one Idaho-based — to back Congressman Simpson

The state’s most influential business group — the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry — has established a new Super PAC in large part to support eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s re-election in 2014. IACI President Alex LaBeau said Friday

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Bryan Smith ducks question on support of Speaker Boehner

Idaho Second District Republican congressional challenger Bryan Smith told Roll Call that it’s too soon to say whether he would support re-electing GOP House Speaker John Boehner. “We’re talking about an event that would take place in (January) 2015,” Smith

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Idaho’s Simpson to funders: ‘I need your help’

Facing what appears to be his toughest re-election campaign in eight tries, Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson says he’s asking supporters to pony up more dough. Simpson expects the Washington, D.C., anti-tax group Club for Growth to spend between $1

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Former Sali aide Hoffman: Idaho could be the next Detroit

Idaho Freedom Foundation president Wayne Hoffman, former GOP Congressman Bill Sali’s spokesman during his two years in office, says $26 million in annual federal payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) is a “western welfare program” putting Idaho on the road

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Idaho’s Casey defends Simpson, other Club for Growth targets

Greg Casey, an Idaho native who is president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Business Industry Political Action Committee is taking the Club for Growth to task for targeting 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson and nine other Republicans. Casey notes

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Gasp! Mike Simpson once saw the Rolling Stones (and more campaign broadsides)

The political silly season is off to an early start with the anti-tax group Club for Growth throwing its financial weight behind Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith in his challenge to eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. Among Simpson’s outrages, says

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Idaho history says odds are 23-1 against upset of Rep. Simpson

GOP challenger Bryan Smith has the deep-pocketed Club for Growth on his side, but history suggests the odds are against him, writes University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier. In the 61 congressional elections since Idaho became a state, 88 of

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GOP group vows to counter Club for Growth attacks on Simpson

A group led by a former Republican congressman who retired last year citing frustration with Washington gridlock has chosen Idaho 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson among a handful of GOP incumbents to support in 2014. Former Rep. Steve LaTourette of

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