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Labrador prepares to run for re-election, calls out Boise crony capitalists

Idaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador is kicking off his campaign to hold on to his District 1 Congressional seat this week even though he has no serious competition in the primary. He’s holding several campaign kickoff events and then heading

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Posted in Letters from the West

Watch online Wednesday morning as Labrador meets with reporters on shutdown

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador has been all over the media representing the views of the tea party wing during the shutdown of the federal government. Tomorrow morning, Idaho politics junkies can watch live-streamed video of the monthly “Conversations with

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Posted in Idaho Politics

Labrador on NPR: ‘We’re not the ones who wanted to shut down the government’

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is responsible for the government shutdown because he believes it can help Democrats retain control of the Senate and win the House in 2014. “We’re not the ones

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Posted in Idaho Politics

Another Idaho tour guide: Minnick leads students through closed Capitol

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador got some great press last week for taking nine Nampa High School students and two teachers on a Capitol Hill tour Friday, despite the government shutdown. The man he beat in 2010 to represent Idaho’s

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Posted in Idaho Politics

Hoffman: Feds worse than ‘lecherous, drunken,’ panhandling uncle

Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman says state policymakers “continue to suck up as much federal money as they can, even when our better judgment tells us we are on a dangerous course.” In an op-ed in Monday’s Twin

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Posted in Idaho Politics

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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Posted in Election Central, Idaho Politics

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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Posted in Idaho Politics

Idaho congressional delegation furloughs workers; Crapo, Risch will donate pay

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation scaled back constituent services Tuesday during the partial government shutdown. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they will donate the portion of their $174,000 annual pay earned during the shutdown to charity. Crapo is keeping

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Posted in Idaho Politics

Ringo says Labrador holding country ‘hostage’ in shutdown; Labrador blames Obama, Senate

Democratic state Rep. Shirley Ringo says Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador is among a group “holding the country hostage to serve their extreme agenda” by refusing to fund the government without delaying Obamacare. Labrador counters that the House Republicans proposal

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Posted in Idaho Politics