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Romney to stump for Otter, Simpson & Risch in Idaho Falls, Boise

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will spend March 19 and 20 in Idaho Falls and Boise on behalf of the re-election campaigns of Gov. Butch Otter, 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. “These are three guys

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Mitchell assails Risch as ‘Senator No,’ says No. 1 conservative rank hurts Idaho

Idaho Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell says Sen. Jim Risch’s rank as the most conservative vote in the Senate for three of his five years in office proves he’s an obstructionist and the “anti-everything candidate” for re-election. Risch touted

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Idaho’s Sen. Risch touts ranking as No. 1 Obama opponent

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch was the most conservative member of the Senate in 2013, according to the new rankings by National Journal which calls Risch “the high-energy, low-visibility junior Republican senator from Idaho,” who topped better known GOP Sens.

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Smyser to attend 1st Lincoln Day, doesn’t plan to speak

Former Sen. Melinda Smyser will be at the Weiser Vendome on Friday night for the opening of the GOP Lincoln Day season, a mandatory pilgrimage for aspiring candidates in the May 20 primary. But Smyser isn’t responding to speculation she’ll

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Bacon on the grill: Simpson, Crapo, Risch cook up good news for Idaho Nat’l Lab

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson helped deliver $24 million more for the Idaho National Lab than the Obama administration sought in the big spending bill passed Wednesday in the House. Thursday brought more good news for the engine of the

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Idaho’s Risch says Secretary Kerry moving toward ‘collosal blunder’ on Iran

As Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Friday to discuss a possible deal with Iran over nuclear development, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch reacted with swift and blunt criticism. The freshman Republican lawmaker is a member of the

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Postscript on Conley Ward: A partisan with a conscience

Conley Ward’s death Monday was mourned across the Idaho political spectrum, in part because the former state Democratic Party chairman was such a decent man. “He was a good guy,” former GOP Gov. Phil Batt told me Tuesday. Batt was

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Ada County Republicans snub Rep. Simpson, affirm support for Sens. Cruz and Lee

The Ada County Republican Central Committee is supporting the efforts of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and expressing pride in three of Idaho’s four GOP members of Congress joining them in voting against a

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Risch meets with Basque president, notes strong ties to Idaho

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch met Wednesday with Basque President Inigo Urkullu, who is in the U.S. in part to mark the 100th anniversary of the New York Basque Club. Idaho is home to a large Basque diaspora and Risch

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Labrador, patting self on back, explains why he held Idaho town halls

Idaho’s junior member of Congress, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, says he’s been asked why he bothered to hold four town halls during the August recess. His senior colleagues — GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and GOP Rep. Mike

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