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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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New cop on the beat: Berg taking over Statesman’s 2nd CD coverage

My Statesman colleague Sven Berg posted his first story this morning on the already bitter primary race between insurgent Bryan Smith and eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Smith-Simpson is considered one of the top contests in the nation, pitting Simpson,

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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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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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Romney calls Idaho Rep. Simpson ‘the conservative Republican we can trust’

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson on Monday said he has the support of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who got 65 percent of the vote in Idaho. Simpson, seeking a ninth two-year term, faces tea party challenger Bryan Smith,

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Simpson backer LaTourette defends anti-tea party ads on NPR

Rep. Steve LaTourette, the former Ohio Republican congressman who is leading an effort to back Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” Friday to defend a new TV ad blasting tea party candidates who he ways are dragging

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Idaho GOP establishment lines up behind Rep. Mike Simpson

Eight-term Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson announced Tuesday that his campaign organization includes five of seven state constitutional officers, the top leaders of the Idaho House and Senate and the state’s senior lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. Gov. Butch Otter

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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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