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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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Idaho’s Simpson launches fact-checking site on Smith’s campaign claims

Eight-term Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s campaign is citing his voting record, positive ratings by conservative and business groups and fact-checking by Idaho newspapers in a new website aimed at tea party opponent Bryan Smith. Simpson’s idahofactcheck.org is illustrated with

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Citizens United PAC endorses Smith over Simpson in Idaho 2nd CD

The conservative group that won the landmark 2010 First Amendment case that ended restrictions on independent political spending by corporations, associations and labor unions has endorsed tea party Republican Bryan Smith over eight-term Congressman Mike Simpson in the 2014 Idaho

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Simpson raised $437K in third quarter, Smith $275K in Idaho 2nd CD race

Facing what appears to be the toughest race he’s had since his election in 1998, Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson says he set a personal record for fundraising in the third quarter of 2013 — over $437,000. His tea party

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Democrats accuse Idaho’s Simpson of flip-flop on ‘clean’ budget vote

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — charged with the job of retaking control of the House in 2014 — is alleging Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson broke his “promise” to vote for a short-term bill to reopen the government. “Congressman

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Simpson could support ‘clean’ resolution to reopen government — for a week or two

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is among 16 Republicans backing a bill to reopen the government without Democrats agreeing to defund or postpone Obamacare,  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon. With 232 Republicans and 200 Democrats in the

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Idaho’s Simpson trying to reopen national parks, DC museums

As chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Park Service, Idaho GOP Congressman Mike Simpson is part of the latest strategy by House Republicans to win a showdown with the Democratic Senate and President Obama. On Tuesday,

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Idaho’s Smith wins support of PAC that backed Sens. Paul and Lee

Freedom Works Political Action Committee, which has supported tea party Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, on Tuesday endorsed 2nd District GOP challenger Bryan Smith in his race against eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. The

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Idaho’s Smith wins endorsement of group that backed GOP Senate losers Akin, Mourdock

Another out-of-state interest group is getting involved in Idaho’s 2nd District 2014 GOP primary, this one led by former middle-distance world record holder and former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun of Kansas. The conservative Washington, D.C.-based Madison Project has endorsed first-time

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Simpson begins branding challenger Smith: ‘dishonest attacker, personal-injury lawyer’

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is airing his first ad of the 2014 primary campaign against Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith, a 60-second radio spot that three times calls Smith a “personal-injury lawyer” and four times accuses him of “dishonest

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